Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

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In a few days, little kids everywhere will dress up in costumes and walk around door-to-door, receiving candy from neighbors and friends.

There’s nothing wrong with that on the outside, is there?

Not really, until you look beyond the trick-or-treating and see the ghosts, skeletons, zombies, demons, and other disturbing decorations that appear everywhere around this time of year.

What does those signify? What are we celebrating when we take pleasure in death and darkness?

Death and Darkness vs. Light and Life 

Every holiday celebrates something. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. At Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection. On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love. On Independence Day, we celebrate the birth of our country. On Thanksgiving, we celebrate our blessings.

On Halloween, what do we celebrate?

At its heart, Halloween is a celebration of death, evil, and darkness.

Death, evil, and darkness are characteristics of Satan.

That means Halloween is essentially a holiday that celebrates Satan.

Why would Christians want to celebrate Satan? Satan is not something to be celebrated. Satan is the opposite of everything every other holiday stands for. Satan is the opposite of everything God stands for. (Read my post about Satan here.)

God stands for light, life, hope, love, and joy, everything that Christians should celebrate. Satan stands for darkness, death, hopelessness, hate, despair, and everything that Christians should have a rightful horror of.

And when we celebrate Halloween, we are witnessing to the world, and not in a good way. We are becoming desensitized to the evil of the devil. We are walking in darkness rather than light and focusing our minds on the bad instead of the good.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

-Philippians 4:8

Is Halloween truth? Is it honorable? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it excellent or worthy of praise?

I don’t think so.

So why would we celebrate it?

Some Alternative Ideas…

With family:

  • My family always has a family movie night on Halloween, which can be a fun thing to do.
  • You can also play board games.
  • Or if you’re into making movies, that could be a fun thing to do as well.

With friends:

  • If you have friends who don’t celebrate Halloween either, plan something fun to do with them.
  • You could have a movie and popcorn night.
  • Or a spa night, if you’re girls.
  • Play board games or video games.
  • Bake or cook something together.
  • Just get together and chat with snacks and hot chocolate or something!

By yourself:

  • Read the Bible and spend some time in prayer for all of the people who are overcome by darkness and need the gospel.
  • Curl up with a nice long book, a blanket, and a hot drink.

If you’re concerned about missing the dressing up part, remember that you can always host a costume party at some other point in the year that has nothing to do with Halloween. And you can definitely still enjoy candy if you want!

Ultimately, this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves. But think long and carefully about what you believe the Bible says on this matter, and make a wise decision that will promote light and truth.

love, grace

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8 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

  1. emily @ for the bookish says:

    Well said, Grace! My family doesn’t participate in Halloween for the same reasons, and I never feel like I miss out. Usually, we curl up on the couch with our favorite candy and watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movies. This year, we got together with three other families in our home school group who don’t do Halloween and we had a bonfire and the kids ran around outside. 🙂 It was a blast, and I certainly don’t miss out on spider, ghost, and dark decorations and costumes some people put up. It’s really disheartening to see so many Christians trick-or-treating. 😦

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    • graceevalyn says:

      Glad you liked it! And yes, I just really don’t understand how so many Christians are okay participating. Even the people who seem the most like they wouldn’t…and then you’re really disappointed when you find out they do.
      Glad to know there are some people who feel the same way I do!

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  2. castlesandpens13 says:

    I love this post! I actually was recently discussing celebrating Halloween a few weeks ago, and I’ve realized that celebrating is in fact inadvertently supporting Satan and his ways.
    So all I do is: watch the Charlie Brown special, because it’s adorable, and buy candy and eat it myself. Although a friend of mine has asked me to go trick or treating, I’m not dressing up and I’m just going to get free candy.
    As a Catholic, I only observe it as Hallow’s Eve, or the night before All Saints’ Day.
    Also, what do you think about just going to a pumpkin patch, or attending a fall festival?

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    • graceevalyn says:

      Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you liked the post!
      As for pumpkin patches and fall festivals, there probably isn’t any harm in it if you can find one that doesn’t decorate for Halloween, which is rare. My main concern with that is how it looks to people around you. Would they view it as inconsistent if you said you didn’t celebrate Halloween and then went somewhere like this on Halloween? So I think it really just would depend on the place, and why you’re going/who you’re going with, and I would say to be careful about going anywhere like this on the day of Halloween itself. Maybe go some other time during the fall if it’s something you want to do.
      Hope this helps!

      -Grace

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