Yes, there is a Christian connection to Halloween. October 31 is called “All Hallows Eve.” The next day, Nov. 1 is always All Saints Day. Most historians say the origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland. They were a superstitious people and the change of seasons and crop harvests always brought out superstitions about fairies and spirits. The people would dress in costumes and walk the streets making loud noises to confuse and drive the evil spirits away.
So does the Bible say anything about Halloween? No. But it has a lot to say about paganism, witches, and the occult. Exodus 22:18 and Deuteronomy 18:10-12 come to mind. Jesus drove out demons and evil spirits from people on several occasions.
As Christians, we are to have nothing to do with the occult and demonic – tarot cards, Ouija boards, séances, devil worship, and satanic rituals.
So, can Christians celebrate Halloween? Yes and No.
No if you’re dressing up in demonic or satanic garb or participating in anything dealing with the occult. Yes if you’re wearing a superhero or “Frozen” character costume and walking door-to-door saying “Trick or Treat.”
So, even though Halloween may have had its origins in pagan practice and superstition, the way most of us observe Halloween isn’t going to invite condemnation. This is why many churches now sponsor Halloween observances in the church or parking lot – where it’s a whole lot safer than walking dark streets anyway. There’s a physically safe way to observe Halloween as well as a spiritually safe way. Be safe out there.
The Rev. Dale L. Chrisman, is Rector of Trinity Anglican Church which meets at Villa Antonia in the hills between Jonestown and Lago Vista.