Why Christians should embrace the devilish holiday with gusto
A few years back, our local Christian radio station ran a poll
asking whether Halloween is spiritually harmful. The response from a
predominantly evangelical audience here in Alberta was two-to-one against
Halloween. This did not surprise me. It is now popular in some Christian circles
to repudiate any celebration of All Hallows Eve = Halloween.
"We all know what day is coming," said a young woman
who sang in the choir of the Church my wife and I attended. "For I think we need
to be in prayer that the evil powers and principalities be held in check over
this next weekend." Halloween fell on a Sunday that year, making the event seem
all the more sinister. On the calendar October 31 sits in a dark square with no
acknowledgment that there is anything special about the
"It's Satan's Holiday," affirmed one of my Christian
Brethren. "Didn't you know?"
Well, no, I didn't know. And I am reluctant to
give up what was one of the highlights of my childhood calendar to the Great
Impostor and Chief of Liars for no reason except that some of his servants claim
that it is his.
Give up nothing!
I have always considered Halloween a day to
celebrate the imagination, to become for a short time something wonderful and
strange, smelling of grease paint, to taste sweets that are permissible only
once a year. How wonderful to be with other children dressed up as what they
might grow up to be, what they wished they could be, or even what they secretly
feared. All of us, dreams and nightmares, were brought together on equal
footing, going from door to door to be given treats and admired for our
creativity. How delightful to go to parties with doughnuts, apples, brown cider,
and pumpkin cakes—and to hear spine-tingling ghost stories and feel our hearts
skip a beat when the teller grabbed for us.
Now some are pressuring us to
give this all up, and they use what is for some of us the most difficult
argument to answer: it's the "Christian" thing to do.
Some Christians shun make-believe. Such believers
feel that a young Christian's mind should never long to be in lands where little
men have fuzzy feet, dragons breathe fire, and horses have wings. Instead, they
maintain that a Christian should be caught up in the here and now of the "real"
world. Defending the reality of fiction and the value of fantasy requires an
entirely different essay.
Christians certainly may be leery of sharing
anything with modern pagans and Satanists who claim Halloween as theirs. But who
gave these individuals the right to claim the holiday? If they are Druids, they
are celebrating Samhain, which is not Halloween but an even older holiday. As
for Satanists, their calendar is a perversion of Christian seasons—there would
be no Satanists if there were no Christians. Let them claim all they want.
give them nothing!!
"But look at the roots of Halloween," some may say.
"Don't you see how evil it once was?" I do, but the operative word in that
sentence is was. Samhain was once a time of fear and dread, but at one time so
was Yule or Midvinterblot, as it was called in Sweden. Toward the time of the
winter solstice, the days became shorter and colder. The land was laid waste. In
pagan times, to keep the fire of the life-giving sun alight, people often made
sacrifices before a great oak tree. Boniface is supposed to have stopped one
such sacrifice and instituted the indoor Christmas tree at the same time. The
burning of such logs in the midst of sacrifice has come down to us as the
traditions of burning Yule logs and enjoying Christmas
I'm not suggesting fir trees and Yule logs be banned
from Christmas; I'm only demonstrating what has happened time and again in
history. For our pagan ancestors, the holidays that marked the great seasonal
changes were often fearful, terrible, and dark. But with the coming of JESUS
CHRIST came a great light that reclaimed not only individuals but also the
holidays they celebrated. In the case of Midvinterblot and Yule, the holidays
that once marked the terrible price required to provide light instead began to
express the joyous arrival of GOD's true light.
Laughing away our fears and
What would a reclaimed Halloween express? In our
culture, Halloween traditionally has allowed us to look at what frightens us to
experience it, to laugh at it, and to come through it. So at the end of October,
we are visited by cute Caspers, laughing pumpkin heads, and goofy ghouls, even
Should the forces of evil be mocked? Should Satan be
laughed at? He most certainly should be! At the beginning of The Screwtape
Letters, C. S. Lewis includes two telling quotations, the first from Martin
Luther: "The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of
Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear
The second comes from Thomas Moore: "The devil, the
proud spirit cannot endure to be mocked."
The one thing Satan cannot bear is
to be a source of laughter. His pride is undermined by his own knowledge that
his infernal rebellion against GOD is in reality an absurd farce. Hating
laughter, he demands to be taken seriously. Indeed, I would say that those
Christians who spend the night of October 31 filled with concern over what evils
might be (and sometimes are) taking place are doing the very thing Lucifer wants
them to do. By giving him this respect, such believers are giving his authority
WARNING: “not all believers should celebrate
Halloween.” For those who have been redeemed from the occult, Halloween in its
foolishness may contain what was for them deadly seriousness. While their souls
were in deadly peril, however, what they experienced were lies and
It is understandable that they look with horror upon
what once enslaved them. Such sensitivity may be appropriate for them, but it is
not appropriate for the majority of Christians. Holding their opinions as
appropriate for most believers is like having a former bulimic dictate how
Christians should regard church hot-plate socials.
Christians should instead
celebrate Halloween with gusto. If we follow the traditional formula of having a
good time at his expense, Satan flees...
In any event, I doubt the anti-Halloween party will
prevail. This tactic was tried before with Christmas. In the 17th century,
because of its pagan ancestry and because it was a Roman Catholic holiday
(Christ-mass!), many Protestants decided that true believers should not
recognize Christmas. In 1620 our pilgrim forefathers purposely started unloading
the Mayflower on Christmas Day to make the point to the crew that they were not
going to observe such an evil day.
I'm glad those believers however
well-intended failed. How bleak and desolate would a winter's December be
without Christmas! We could have lost our chance to celebrate Christ's first
coming and a chance to witness to the world, as I fear those pilgrims lost a
chance to witness to those sailors.
If we give up All Hallows Eve aka Halloween, we lose the delight
of GOD's gift of imagination and we condemn the rest of society to a darker
Halloween because our laughter will not be there to make the devil run!
“Boo!”- in the name of JESUS CHRIST.
Posted by Sir Richard,
A Christian Klingon...