Halloween is not a Christian holiday. It can be a controversial subject amongst Christian circles. Controversy usually surrounds the symbols, historical inception, various activities to include sacrifices of animals, focus on witches, ghosts of departed persons, evil monsters, devils and the like. Halloween falls around a time where we begin to observe fall as a society. Summer is officially gone, winter is around the corner and you see pumpkin jack-o-lanterns on porches, grade school parties are endless, with neighborhood fall festivals and church harvest celebrations all around.
Halloween is said to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve and later Halloween.
Halloween has evolved from its inception. While it is said that some practice demonic activity on Halloween, the majority celebrate it as a neutral, fun, community based, child-friendly event - with sweet treats.
For our faith, it’s important to distinguish between the lines of fun, playful and harmless activities vs. activities that are dark or would open the door to demonic influence. I’m not saying dressing up or door to door treating is demonic, I am saying playing with the Ouija board can open doors to darkness you’d rather not know. Demonic influence is not something to play with.
Most importantly, it’s important to recognize Jesus is Lord of all, above all and through all. God is greater than every fear, lack or insufficiency in one’s life. Be proud of what you do and honor the Lord with your actions and decisions daily.
Pastor Mark Brown
Pastor Mark Brown is the senior/founding pastor at Faith City Church in Leander, Texas.