What does the Bible say about Halloween?

Well if you want to be technical, it says nothing about that particular holiday. However, the Bible is very clear about what to do in response to Pagan holidays, evil celebrations and evil.

1 Thess 5:21-22

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. KJV

Does Halloween count as evil or at least as having an appearance of evil? Yes, it does. From witches and ghosts to blood and gore, who could say that it does not have the appearance of evil?

Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. KJV

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: KJV

2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath
light with darkness?
KJV

Doesn’t Halloween relish the dark and evil of the world in both the literal sense and also in the spiritual sense?

Christians are called to share the light of Jesus with others.

Matt 5:14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
KJV

Christians today also take lightly the commands of the Lord to stay away from evil, evil spirits, witches and those who conjure the dead. Most of the time it is because they do not believe that such things as witches and evil spirits exists. Notice that this is not just Old Testament verses, which many like to ignore, but it is also in New Testament verses.

Deut 18:10-12
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee
. KJV

Gal 5:20-21
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God
. KJV

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. KJV

Those who were saved did away with their books and magic arts.


Acts 19:18-20
18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. ESV

We cannot redeem something evil into something clean and Holy.


Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. KJV

Even the phrase “Trick or Treat” is contrary to the Bible. “Trick or Treat” means if you do not give me a treat, I will trick you. Contrary to what my younger son suggested, it dosen’t mean they will do a cartwheel or a magic trick, but that something will be damaged or destroyed.


1 Thess 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. KJV

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. KJV

Many people have written about the origins of Halloween and the continuing evil that goes on during that time. I won’t bother explaining those right now.

Jer 10:2 Learn not the way of the heathen,… KJV

Ephesians 4:27 warns: “Neither give place to the devil.”

1 Peter 5:8 warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” -2nd Corinthians 6:17

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” -1st Corinthians 10:21

RW had these verses in his comments on Halloween – What do you think?

1 Cor 10:31 KJV – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Is the holiday of Halloween glorifying to God? It has all the appearance of evil.

2Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.

Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

1Thess 5:21-23 Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The next thing to think about is does a “Fall Festival”, “Trunk or Treat”, or “Judgment Houses” done by churches provide a valid and Biblical alternative to Halloween?


See also:

Halloween – What do you think?

Learn Not The Way of The Heathen…

What does the Bible say about Halloween?

Halloween – “Evil in the Sight of the Lord” or “Glorifying the Lord”?


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3 thoughts on “What does the Bible say about Halloween?

  1. Fantastic! Thank you! I would also add that when the church participates in Halloween, even if they genuinly disagree with all of these scriptures and think Halloween is within Christian liberty, (which I find hard to believe, really) they violate the principles of Romans 14, causing their brother to stumble, by flaunting that liberty.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Anonymous,

    You have the correct interpretation of Romans 14. Romans 14 is pointing out that even if we feel a matter is within Christian Liberty we are to give up our Liberty for the weaker brother. That means we would be less free, not more free. However, many times today Romans 14 is interpreted that if something is found offensive by some they must “get over it” for those who feel they have Liberty to do the offensive thing. That makes a big difference!

    Berean Wife

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