Should a Christian celebrate Halloween ?


This story written by a Catholic Priest goes further, denying Halloween's pagan roots calling them "very Christian".



Surprise: Halloween's Not a Pagan Festival After All. The holiday and its customs are completely Christian, and some are uniquely American.


By Father Augustine Thompson, O.P.


Excerpted from Catholic Parent.

We've all heard the allegations: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods. Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.


So, although some cults may have adopted Halloween as their favorite "holiday," the day itself did not grow out of evil practices. It grew out of the rituals of Celts celebrating a new year, and out of Medieval prayer rituals of Europeans. And today, even many churches have Halloween parties or pumpkin carving events for the kids. After all, the day itself is only as evil as one cares to make it.


Editors note: It is quite natural for a Roman Catholic priest to find Halloween to be wholesome. It was the same Roman Catholic Church which paganized Christianity for the sake of convenience.



The Following treatments of Halloween have been taken from various sources.


The History


October 31, Halloween, is the “Vigil of Saman” celebration of the Druids, ancient Pagan Celtic priests. On this night, they placated the Lord of Death who released the souls of the dead to haunt and trick their relatives and visit their former homes. Witches and demons also came out of hiding on this night. This day coincided with the end of harvest and the beginning of the New Year for these Druid worshipers of Samhain (numerous spellings are correct), the grim reaper, who required a human sacrifice.


In AD 601 the Roman Catholic Church “sanctified” these pagan practices they had previously been trying to abolish. They literally gave up against evil. The Roman autumn harvest celebrations and All Saint's Day (November 1st) were combined with All Hallows Eve (October 31) in an attempt to Christianize it. The founding Pilgrims of America outlawed this practice. In the mid 1800's Irish immigrants brought this custom to America.


Today young and old alike dress up and go out into the night, trick or treating and celebrating. Halloween has become the second most celebrated holiday with people spending about $80 per person to party (again, financially second only to Christmas). The majority of them are unknowingly giving glory to the day that the occult, Satan worshipers and Wiccan (those involved in witchcraft) call the “day above all others.” This is the highest of their eight holy days.


Anton La Vey, author of The Satanic Bible and high priest of the Church of Satan states, “Satanists consider Halloween the most important day of the year. Satanic, occult and witchcraft powers are at their highest potency level....Satan and his powers are at their best that night.”


A sergeant at the Baldwin Park Police Department in Southern California states “frightening, murderous satanic practices take place around the world every Halloween, and yet the public dismisses reports of their occurrence, refusing to believe the holiday is anything more than 'child's play'”.


Quite literally, this “holiday” belongs to Satan, and those who celebrate it, even innocently, are giving glory to him and putting themselves in dangerous territory.


The Symbols




A grotesque face was carved in a pumpkin to scare away evil spirits; this was a sign to the demons that a virgin sacrifice had been given by the household. Inside was a candle made from the human fat of the sacrifice. Do you want a Jack-o-lantern in your home?


The Bonfire


The Bonfire had a three-fold purpose: 1) to scare away the evil spirits; 2) to mark the gathering places for the celebration where people came after putting out their hearth fires; 3) and to have the “bone-fire” where human and animal sacrifices were burned. The participants carry a stick home to light their hearth fires from this community bonfire.




To disguise themselves from the spirits, people donned Costumes trying to look like the evil spirits, or look terrible enough to scare them away; oftentimes they wore the heads of the animals they had sacrificed.


Trick or Treating


The Druid priests went door to door demanding food to offer to Samhaim and pronounced a demonic curse of death or physical male castration, if they didn't get what they asked for. Another custom was for people to leave a “treat” out for the spirits, so they wouldn't “trick” or torture the household. Thus the Trick-or-Treat custom was born.


Halloween has become an issue among Christians. Long considered harmless fun, many are now questioning its history, nature, influence and fruit. The revitalization of Satanism and Witchcraft and their obvious association with Halloween has caused Christians to wonder whether they should participate in it at all.


There is no denying the bizarre and occultic nature of Halloween decorum (certainly witches, devils, ghouls, monsters, vampires and ghosts are not Christian in character!). But in spite of that, some Christians defend their participation in the holiday asserting their "liberty" in Christ from the bondages of "legalism", or shrugging it off as innocent fun.


Many churches see the whole thing as evil and will have nothing to do with the elevation whatsoever. Others see no harm in it and participate fully, with costume parties, Halloween decorations and trick-or-treat. Still others try to find a "middle-of-the-road" approach, allowing trick-or-treat and masquerades, but as "Bible characters" instead of demonic and occult figures.


So what's wrong with Halloween and what should be the attitude of the conscientious Christian towards it? Is it harmless, or is it sinister? The facts contained in the next segment of this examination help answer that question once and for all.