Yesterday was October the 31st- Halloween.
Many people say that Halloween is ok to celebrate, even for Christians. However, this is not the case.
The following extract is from Answers in Genesis, Halloween Origin: Halloween History and the Bible:
The holiday, though, has roots reaching much further back. On the Halloween origin, some researchers claim that the holiday can be traced back about 2,000 years to the Celts of Europe, who occupied parts of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. It was a pagan festival called “Samhain” (pronounced “sow-in”) that celebrated more or less the honour of the dead and involved the offering of large sacrifices of crops and animals.
Although no original written accounts of this festival exist today from the ancient Celts, there is some reference to it in Roman records from when the Romans conquered Celtic lands around AD 43. Under Roman rule, the day of Samhain was influenced by Roman festivals of the time. The first was called “Pomona,” which was a type of harvest festival, and the next was “Feralia,” the Roman day of the dead. Interestingly, both Feralia and Samhain were festivals of the dead and celebrated at the end of October.
The Name “Halloween” Origin
Around AD 600, Pope Boniface IV created All Saints’ Day, and Pope Gregory III later moved this holiday to November 1 in an effort to give a Christian alternative to this pagan celebration.
Christians who did not want to celebrate pagan festivals celebrated something of positive spiritual value—in this case honouring the saints and martyrs. With the overwhelming expansion of Christianity in Europe, All Saint’s Day became the dominant holiday.
In fact, the current name of “Halloween” originates from the day before All Saint’s Day, which was called “All Hallow Evening”; this name was shortened to “All Hallow’s Eve” or “All Hallow’s Even.” The name changed over time and became “Hallowe’en.”
A couple hundred years later, the Roman Church made November 2 All Souls Day to honour the dead. This may well have been influenced by the continued persistence of the day of the dead by the ancient Irish, Scots, and others in Europe. Standing against this, many Protestant Christians celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day in honour of reformers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others who spearheaded the Reformation in the 1500s.
It is quite clear that Halloween is an evil day and should not be taken part in.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t preach the Gospel. Next Halloween, leave a Gospel tract on your window or door.