Why We Stopped Joining the Halloween Trick or Treat?



Admittedly, a lot of parents today were all excited for the Halloween Costume Parties and Trick or Treat that different communities has in store for the kids and even adults alike. In full disclosure, I, for one, belongs to the group of thrilled parents who prepares for this annual event, considering it as one important celebration that my kids shouldn't miss. Yes, i allow them and even join them in trick-or-treating since 2010 until last year, which was, unfortunately, their last Halloween Trick or Treat party.

As a growing Christian and as i gained more knowledge about His word, i suddenly felt convicted about the Halloween situation from last year's trick or treat which i blogged here
First, i allow my kids to join Halloween parties because i want to dress them cute and unique. Second, I want them to experience it. I want them to enjoy and have this momentum as one of their unforgettable childhood experiences. Not to mention the loads of candy treats and other things they can get from the party hosts, sounds really fun, right?

I grew up in a Christian family but was never told about the real meaning of Halloween. All i knew and care about was, it's a fun gathering celebrated the night before All Saint's Day, it is scary yet funny, and nothing more. Until, i realized from one of our church's Sunday word that as Christians, we should not participate anymore in some Halloween practices like the scary Halloween parties and trick or treat. This made me feel horrible. Do you know why? Because as i study and grow in His word, it opened up my heart and my mind into truthful facts that convinced me and made me realized that i was doing a ludicrous practice with my children for the past years, unknowingly.

To begin with, let me give you a short history and some facts i have gathered while searching about Halloween which is, believe it or not, made me felt so scary! I've discovered that most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to these old pagan rites and superstitions and is somehow connected to the reality of the dark side of today. 


The origins of Halloween are Celtic in tradition and have to do with observing the end of summer sacrifices to gods in Druidic tradition. October 31st has long been known as "The Festival of the Dead". The Celtic tribes and their priests, the Druids, celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death. They believed that Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by disguising and looking like evil spirits themselves. The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. 

Halloween is also a sacred, high holiday for the Wiccans. Wicca, the official religion of witchcraft, viewed the day as a simple fun and innocent neighborhood activity. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits, along with the worship of Samhain are both promoted as something to embrace on that day which simply means that Halloween represents an opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world.

I didn't mean to scare you too, or to send out negative vibes and a confusing notion that i do have high knowledge and understanding of the truth about what Halloween is all about. But, educating myself through my research and being equipped with the knowledge of the word of God, i realized that this practice must immediately stop in my own family and that i must also share my knowledge about this matter to my followers, hoping and praying that this may enlighten all of us.

For the non-Christians, I might be deemed as weird and over-acting upon publishing this article, as i was known to be a purveyor of the Halloween trick or treat party in our family and even to my closest friends for the past years. But think about this, as a Christian or even a Catholic who is a believer of Christ and the light, do you think this is a holiday that we should celebrate alongside with the Wiccans?

I remembered a well-known priest from the Catholic church talked about the Halloween in one of his sermons on a Sunday TV mass, stressing about parents who dress their kids in scary and ridiculous costumes, and allow them to join the trick or treat. He stated that we have been delivered from fear and panic attacks and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Then why should we participate in a celebration that has fear as its very foundation and lure our kids with candies from scary mascots?

Even if we dress them cute??? YES. It, still is, ungodly. And this has enlightened me. Allow me to share my thoughts about Halloween and why we stopped celebrating it.



According to an article I've read, as Christians, we should respond to Halloween with cautionary wisdom. Many in our secular society believed that Halloween is nothing more than a harmless festival that allows kids to collect candies. (I was like this before) But, is it really is? Going back to the top where i have shared some insights about the Halloween tradition, i am now fully aware of its origin which is deeply rooted in the occult, and as a renewed creation of God, i believe i should stay away. Because participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that promotes witches, divination, haunted houses, and other occultic practices which is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut 18:10-13).


We should be teaching our children (age appropriately) that: There is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10), and life with Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4); Those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.  It's also important that parents explain their stand to their children and prepare them to face the teasing or ridicule of their peers and the disapproval or scorn of the people around them. 


As a parent, i don't want my kids to participate anymore in spiritually compromising activities—listening to ghost stories and watching movies about witches and zombies. I don't want to sound so weird and high holy as a christian, but as a parent who speaks here, i don't want my kids to hoard fear and anxiety of the evil. The bible says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil (Romans 16:19). As a parent, if i will let them participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fairy doll or a cartoon character, i am still sending them a mixed message by allowing them to participate in a celebration of evil. The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). 


God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Then why should we celebrate a holiday where people decorate their homes, stores and other establishments with tombstones, wear scary masks and costumes? I've been delivered from fear, as i have experienced scary dreams and memories during childhood, and i don't want them to experience it. This scripture is always a good reminder, "You are the light of the world ... let your light shine among men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:14-16).

Let us think and reflect on this question-  Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?


For the past years that me and my children were conformed to this worldly tradition, i felt convicted and ashamed before God. The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, "Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you". It is a message that outlines mercy of a forgiving God. We are supposed to be peculiar people and it's a calling that is holy. In my understanding, being set apart means to be marked by God for a particular purpose. I believe that we were recognized by God to minister in the day to day living and He has set us apart from this chain by pulling us away from evil distractions to pursue His will and purpose for our lives. We must be the salt and light.


Does Halloween bring glory to God? Christian or not, as long as you believe and call upon God, clearly, you should know the answer. HALLOWEEN DOES NOT HONOR GOD but rather it glorifies the devil. So as a believer, who celebrates with this devilish tradition years ago, i responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, by repenting because I displeased God and it is my duty as a Christian to put a stop to Halloween in our home and to disciple my family and friends about what is true and correct.

Somebody said that, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Well, yes it is. Whatever level of Halloween participation we choose, we must honor God by keeping ourselves separated from the world. I didn't mean to sound weird, boring or even too religiously holy of a person regarding this matter, but this is my personal realization and somehow a testimony about how my current belief and faith in God has slowly transformed my views about certain issues like the Halloween. Today, i am even more convinced that I made the right decision to close the door to the enemy on this evil holiday and so this year and the coming years we will not be joining any more Halloween Costume Party and Trick or Treat.

"Sometimes we have to take a stand simply because it's the right thing to do. Our children need to know that regardless of what everyone else is doing, if God is not honored, we won't be participating..."

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