– From Paganism to Acceptance
By Jim Josephsen
“They look so cute with their costumes.
After all it’s just for fun; trick or treating, what’s the harm?”
Over the past thirty years, Halloween has become a holiday that is
not just for kids any more. Halloween has fast become the party
holiday of adults and parents. It ranks number two behind Christmas
in decorations and annual sales within the United States. The
National Retail Federation estimates Halloween-related sales in
the United States alone at $5.77 billion in 2008. Halloween has made
its way into retail stores, card shops and candy counters as early
as Labor Day. Many neighborhoods display trees festooned with a
body-figure hung on a noose or orange orbs; yards and windows
decorated with witches, ghosts, pumpkins, and headstones, all
clearly visible by the first week of October. Office and house
parties, local bar celebrations are in the making, even now.
If there is one thing people seem to love, it is a party,
celebration, pleasure, and revelry. Among all walks of life,
economic strata, and social status; among every culture and
religion, people find an opportunity to party and arrangements are made.
Interestingly, within mainstream Christianity, celebrations and
party-like festivities have grown to take precedent over once
considered sacred religious holidays. Holidays, as ordained by the
Church millennia ago, have transformed into a
pleasure-providing, gratifying celebration of merriment and revelry.
The elements of the sacred have readily diminished, while common
consumerism, entertainment and pleasure proliferate.
For example, the religious solemnity once associated with the
observance of the birth (as erroneously taught)
of Jesus Christ has morphed into a mostly commercialized seasonal
celebration, fraught with elements, fables, cartoon-like characters
and activities that have very little to do with the namesake of that
celebrated day. Consider another mainstream Christian holiday.
Easter has developed from a “sacred” religious celebration of
the resurrected Christ to a mostly commercialized seasonal
celebration filled with childish activities and fables, animal
figures and clothing that has directed the day away from its
original religious solemnity.
The historical facts reveal that both Easter and
Christmas have little to do with the Bible and even less with
the truth of God; rather much to do with ancient heathen, pagan
practices. However, the way people celebrate these holidays today,
demonstrates the point. Today, the association with commercialism
and consumerism, party celebrations and sensory pleasures take
precedent over the "sacred” all the more masking their pagan
Over the past century, mankind has transitioned the “sacred” into
into pleasure pursuits, into opportunity for party and commercial
gain. The Scriptures explain, “in the last days, perilous times will
come … they will consider nothing sacred … they are lovers of
pleasure more than lovers of God” “2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 4”. This fact
is evident today. What is considered “sacred” (although
not sacred to God), is tossed aside for pleasurable
Not only have we seen these so-called “sacred” holidays develop into
opportunities for party and pleasure but we are witness to the
unabashed acceptance of a completely demonic, evil holiday morphed
into a celebration of revelry - Halloween!
The history and origin of Halloween should come as no surprise. From
bookstores to the internet, one can learn all about this day; from
its Celtic origins to all the themes and trappings associated with
All Hallow’s Eve, the evening of October 31st was originally given
“sanctification” as the night commemorating
All Saints Day
(which was legitimized on November 1st by the
Catholic Church under
IV in 835 AD). Originally, the Catholic Church’s
intention was to overshadow the
allowing their adherents to honor the saints of the church, thus
sanctifying that day. This “sanctification” on the surface may
detract from the idea of Halloween being an evil night of demonic
frenzy, but the reality is still evident.
Today, the themes of Halloween, “trick or treat,” bobbing for
apples, jack-o-lanterns, witches, haunted houses, childish,
fanciful, supernatural and ghoulish character costumes and bonfires
have nothing to do with religion and most certainly nothing to do
with God-approved behavior. The activities and accoutrements
associated with this day clearly define it as destitute of
righteousness, deprived of anything acceptable in the sight of Jesus
Unlike, Christmas and Easter (the origins of
these two days also concocted by the Roman Catholic Church in their
desire to appease pagans, forcing them to accept the gospel of
salvation while distorting the written Word of God through altered
pagan rituals), Halloween has no scriptural basis whatsoever.
Yet, like Christmas and Easter, many thousands of Christians
throughout the world observe Halloween.
Mainstream Christianity confesses diverse attitudes about this day.
The fact that All Saints Day and Halloween occur on two consecutive
days has left many mainstream Christians, Catholics and Protestants
alike, uncertain how they should handle the day. Most Christians
place no negative significance to Halloween since the day is treated
as a purely secular holiday dedicated to celebrating imaginary
spooks and fictional characters. Some Christian (so-called)
ministers have promoted the idea kids should dress up as Bible
characters, as though this somehow legitimizes the day; somehow
makes Halloween acceptable to Jesus Christ.
Notably, within the United States, this so-called Christian nation,
so common and readily accepted is this day that Halloween has become
more than a one-day event. Halloween has actually transitioned into
its own season. Some examples are
Disney World’s “Mickey’s Not So
Scary Halloween Party,” which started this year on September 5th.
Other examples are found in Illinois with celebrations all
trademarked under the term,
Fall-O-Ween. Included are
Festivals, Fright Fests, and Pumpkin Festivals.
In Ohio’s Cedar Point Amusement Park, HalloWeekends run each weekend
from September 12th thru November 2nd. At
Orlando’s Universal Theme
Halloween Horror Night runs from September 26th thru November
1st. These are just some of the scores of examples of festivities
and activities that extend the observance of Halloween beyond a
Salem, Massachusetts, acclaimed for the infamous witch
trials of 1692 started a Halloween celebration 27 years ago as a
one-day event for children now promotes
Haunted Happenings, this
year from October 2 until November 2.
Many Christians hold the view that far from being a satanic holiday,
Halloween should hold no threat to children. Rather through the
innocent celebration of fun and gaiety, Halloween should be a way to
strengthen the spiritual lives of the youth by teaching them about
death and mortality. What?
In a perverse way, Fundamentalist Christians use Halloween
celebrations as a way to evangelize. Halloween tracts have been
written and distributed at “Christian” and secular Halloween
parties, communicating the idea that Halloween is a carefree day of
playing dress-up and getting free candy. What better fun for
children! Nevertheless, children need to know that while trick or
treating on Halloween is fun, the best treat of all has been given
to us by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So
this message is taught to the children of Christian churches.
What blasphemy! Talk about deceit! Christians should know better. We
are reminded in our world today, even among those who confess
Christ, pleasure comes before God and the pursuit of pleasure causes
the truth of God to be of little importance.
Christmas, Easter and Halloween along with the many other Catholic and
mainstream Protestant sanctioned holidays are known, documented, and
clearly exposed for what they are. These days are pagan in origin
and an affront to Almighty God. They deceive and spiritually
shipwreck those who observe them. Observance of them reflects
disobedience toward God. These days all distort the perfect truth of
God and deflect the understanding of God’s rich truth as found in
His only authorized and ordained seven annual Holy Days.
Satan, the devil who is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4),
who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9), is the author of all
these days. Ironically, Satan wears the greatest costume of all,
masquerading as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). See our
publication Satan’s Greatest Deception.
The increasingly accepted seasonal celebration of Halloween is yet
one more example of a fundamental problem in this country and a sin
plaguing mankind today; outright disobedience toward God Almighty.
As the Scriptures reveal, “in the last days, people will be lovers
of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
So pervasive is the acceptance of the revelry and celebration of
Halloween that even many of those who call themselves Christians
celebrate this heathen holiday. This celebration is yet one more
witness of sin, disrespect, and disobedience toward the Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
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hideous "celebration" of Satan, demons, witches, and death."
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Halloween Horror Nights is one of the largest Halloween events in the U.S.,
presented annually at
Center: Halloween greeting card: In this
Halloween greeting card from 1904,
is depicted: the young woman looking into a mirror in a darkened room hopes to
catch a glimpse of the face of her future husband.