And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them]. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” —Ephesians 5:11, 12.
Many Christians will allow and even encourage their children to pay respect to the devil on October 31 without knowing they do so. Many Christian churches will fully sanction such action with parties, decorating with witches, cats, brooms, jack-o-lanterns and bobbing for apples.
What is the harm? How did this originate?
The Festival of Death
The custom of Halloween is traced to the Druid festival of the dead. The Roman Pantheon was built by Emperor Hadrian in the first century as a temple to the goddess Cybele and other Roman deities. It became the principle place of worship where Roman pagans prayed for the dead. Emperor Phocas captured Rome and gave the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV in 609 a.d. He reconsecrated it to the Virgin Mary and resumed using the temple to pray for the dead, only now it was “Christianized,” as men added the unscriptural teaching of purgatory. In 835 a.d. , Gregory IV extended the feast for all the church and it became known as All Saint’s Day, still remembering the dead. It was hoped the Druid celebration would be eliminated by offering All Saint’s Day as a substitute. The truth is that Halloween’s deepest roots are decidedly pagan, and it has kept those pagan roots, despite its now Christian name.
Birth of Halloween
In the British Isles, All Saint’s Day came to be called All Halloweds since it was a day to worship all the “hallowed ones,” the Christian dead. Since the festival of the dead always occurred the evening before All Halloweds, it came to be called All Halloweds Evening or just Halloweds E’en. From this it evolved to Hallows E’en and, finally, to Halloween as we know it today. Because of the relationship in the names, and the adjacent dates, many today entertain the completely unfounded idea that Halloween is somehow a Christian holiday. This has made it much easier for the ungodly festival to move right into the churches each October and flourish there, spreading its occult poison.
Trick-or-treat came from an ancient Druid practice. One of the basic tenets in witchcraft is to control the will of another by use of fear. Even in jest, when one threatens to punish if a treat or offering is not given, they are imitating an occult practice of controlling the will of another by use of fear. Prosperity was promised to all who were generous donors, and tricks to all who refused during the Irish Druid event of trick-or-treat.
The festival of the dead celebration used nuts, apples, skeletons, witches and black cats. Divination and auguries were practiced as well as magic to seek answers for the future. Black cats were considered to be reincarnated beings with the ability to divine the future. During this festival, supernatural beings terrified the populace. Even today witchcraft practitioners declare October 31 as the most conducive time to practice their arts.
Most of the customs connected with Halloween are remnants of the ancient religious beliefs and rituals, first of the Druids and then transcended amongst the Roman Christians who conquered them.
The uninformed Christian has no idea that demonic spirits are contacted and activated as people call out to them in jest or in seriousness. Every act around Halloween is in honor of false gods, which are spirits in the realm of the Satanic.
The Bible instructs us to have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness. We are forbidden to participate in the occult practices listed in Deuteronomy 18:10, 11. Such participation places us in forbidden territory, on the enemy’s dangerous ground.
Through the ages, Halloween has gone by various names but all have been tributes to the same dark force, Satan. There is no place in the life of a Christian for such participation.