Above is a photo of my son when he was just a wee little pumpkin. Now that he’s three, he remembers Halloween from last year. Every time we see decorations in a store or at a neighbor’s house, he asks to go Trick-or-Treating. It’s mostly the insane amounts of free candy that he’s after, I’m sure.
Well, I know that Halloween is a dark and satanic day….
But what if we take the demons, witches, and all the scariness out of it? What if we dress as superheroes and carve crosses and smiles in our pumpkins? What if we invite the neighbors to our church harvest party?
Have no fellowship with darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
There just is no way around what this day is supposed to be. There is no way to polish and pretty it up to be glorifying to the Lord. Christians claim that God can use anything to bring Himself glory, but the Bible specifically tells us to have nothing to do with pagan traditions!
God gives us specific commands on how we are to worship Him. No where does Scripture say that we can take something God hates and clean it up ourselves and use it to worship Him.
(Deut. 18:9-13, 1 Cor. 6:17-18)
The heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9)
Do you remember when God led the Israelited out of Egypt and to Mount Sinai? Moses had given the people the Ten Commandments and then went back up the mountain. The people were getting so worried that he wasnt returning that they made a plan to worship the Lord in their own way. They made a golden calf and even said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord [YHWH].”
God explicitly told them how they were to worship. It didnt matter their intentions or sincerity, they were wrong to not follow His commands.
Our good intentions mean nothing when we’re going against God’s Word.
(Eph. 6:12, Psalm 139:23-24)
Train up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6)
My kids are not “missing out” by not celebrating Halloween. There are plenty of other days they can eat candy or play dress-up.
Instead, they’re learning a valuable lesson to not conform to the world, but to be set-apart.
(1 Peter 2:9, Deut. 6:6-7)
“…what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
-I Corinthians 10:20-22
I urge you to pray and study for yourself to see if this is something the Lord is calling you to remove from your life. (Eph. 5:15-16, 3 John 1:4)