Halloween and the Bible

There are plenty of detailed discourses about Halloween and whether or not the Bible says it is okay for Christians to celebrate it. Surprisingly, there is still a mixed opinion. Rather than address the history of the holiday, I would like to just point out a few Bible verses to get people thinking.

Before listing the Bible verses, I want to mention that I know some Christians who allow their children participate in Trick or Treat celebrations, and I know others who would not even entertain the idea. I have heard of churches who have altered the event to become a “Trunk or Treat” celebration. This is where church members decorate the trunks of cars and back ends of SUVs and trucks according to different themes. The vehicles typically park in the church parking lot, and the kids go from vehicle to vehicle to get a treat. There is even a website devoted to the idea that shows pictures all kinds of creatively decorated vehicles. Churches usually discourage scary decorating themes, so you are likely to see everything from Biblical themes to popular children’s movie themes. The adults handing out the treats often dress in character according to the decorative theme they chose.

Is it safer than going door to door in the neighborhood? With how well most of us know our neighbors now, and being that Trunk or Treat is likely to be a much more controlled environment, I would say it is most likely safer. However, does that make it appropriate? I am not telling, I am asking. On a fundamental level is it appropriate to simply alter how an event is celebrated to make it acceptable? Is not this one of the founding tenets of an entire denomination who simply renamed and altered how pagan festivals were celebrated when the celebrants converted to Christianity?

I would ask that you consider the following passages from the Bible to decide whether or not it is appropriate to celebrate Halloween in any manner from its original form to its diluted version celebrated by the masses today.

Isaiah 8:19 NIV. Deuteronomy 18:10-13 NIV. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NIV. 2Kings 21:6 NIV. Acts 19:18-20 NIV. 1Thessalonians 5:22.