In looking at the upcoming observance of Halloween, what should the mindset of Christians be toward this holiday?
The history behind the observance of Halloween (also see this article) indicates that it is pagan in nature, with its focus being on witchcraft [sorcery] and the occult, both of which are condemned in the Bible (Acts 8:9-11; Gal. 5:20; cf. Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6,27; Deuteronomy 17:2-5; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 1 Chronicles 10:11-14; 2 Chronicles 33:1-6).
Even though the term “Halloween” is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, there are several biblical principles that we must look at and adhere to as Christians, one of those principles being found in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, which contrasts spiritual light from spiritual darkness. One of the key thoughts in this text is, “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”
Additionally, Christians must be examples toward believers (1 Timothy 4:12-13,15-16) as well as unbelievers (Philippians 2:5-16; 1 Peter 2:11-12). What example are we setting before them if we observe a known pagan holiday? What example are we setting before our children?
Paul tells us that we are to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV). The J.B. Phillips translation of this verse clearly states, “Steer clear of evil in any form.”
Brethren, we need to educate our children and grandchildren as to the history behind this pagan holiday, and why we as followers of Christ should not observe such.