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Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?


Note: This is an opinion article backed by factual historical content. I'm in no way condemning anyone; as I state below, that's not my position. I'm just hoping to "wake up" those that have ears to hear.

I was brought up in America and grew with a family that has never celebrated Halloween, and I have always wondered why do we (as a culture) in the United States celebrate Halloween? What is the whole reason behind dressing up in silly costumes and going trick-or-treating? Should Christians celebrate Halloween? What exactly is it that we are celebrating and what is the reasoning or history behind it?

I'm sure some will agree with me and some won't, but just like many of the other "holidays" that have lost their true meaning for celebration, I think Halloween too has become an over-rated "holiday" and celebrated for the wrong reasons. And it's related practices are now expanding beyond America, there's been a global reach, which I find disturbing. It may have to do with my religious upbringings, but I never quite understood all the commotion and chaos behind Halloween.

To me, Halloween has always been known as "the devil's holiday" (I learned this as a child; it doesn't mean I 100% agree with the phrase) - and I have never celebrated it in any way, shape, or form. No, I didn't trick-or-treat, which as a child I was bummed about sometimes. But after the commotion settled, I never felt like I missed out on anything. The only thing I was interested in was all the candy, and my mom always waited until the day after Halloween when all the candy went on sale and bought us tons of candy anyway! I mean, that's what Halloween is all about is the candy and the costumes, right?!

Now that I am older, and understand a little more, I have the desire to want to know - what is the real meaning behind this holiday? (I hate even calling it a holiday) I don't get it - just like I'm sure that those who do celebrate Halloween don't get why I choose not to celebrate it.

TLDR; Can You Be A Christian (or believe in God) And Celebrate Halloween?

How Do You Celebrate Halloween?


The History of Halloween

The History of Halloween

Halloween is a festival that takes place in the U.S. on October 31st. Halloween developed from ancient new year festivals and festivals of the dead. In the 800's A.C., the church established All Saints' Day on November 1st so that people could continue to celebrate a festival they had before becoming Christians. The Mass that was said on All Saints' Day was called Allhallowmas, which is how the evening before All Saints' Day became known as All Hallow e'en, or Halloween.

The Celtic festival of Samhain is believed to be the source of present-day Halloween celebration. The Celts lived well over 2,000 years ago and their new year began on November 1st. They usually celebrated a festival the previous evening which honored Samhain, the Celtic lord of death. It marked the beginning of a new season of cold, darkness, and death.

On the evening of the festival, the Druids, who were the priests and teachers of the Celts, created bonfires and burned animals, crops, and possibly even humans as sacrifices. During this celebration, people sometimes wore costumes mad of animal heads and skins and sometimes told fortunes about the coming year by examining the remnants of the animals that had been sacrificed.

Then in about 43 A.C., the Romans conquered the Celts and combined two of their autumn festivals with the Celts festival of Samhain. One of the festivals, Feralia, was held in late October to honor the dead.

Even after the Celts became Christians, many of their festivals survived. Around this time the church established All Saints' Day on November 1st and made the old pagan customs part of this Christian holy day.

Halloween History

Halloween in the United States

Many early American settlers came from England or other Celtic regions and they brought many of their various customs with them. However, because of the strict religious beliefs of many of the other settlers, Halloween celebrations did not become popular until later in the 1800's when a lot of immigrants arrived from Scotland and Ireland.

During the mid 1900s, Halloween pranks, which were at one time harmless, became rowdy and destructive. To make it safer, towns and cities began bribing kids with treats to help keep them out of trouble. This is how "trick-or-treat" was born and adopted along with other popular Halloween customs such as wearing costumes, carving pumpkins into Jack O' Lanterns, fortune telling, and bobbing for apples. Ghosts and witches remained symbols of Halloween because people once believed that ghosts roamed the earth and witches gathered on October 31st to celebrate the devil.

Halloween Origins

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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The decision (for a Christian) of whether or not to celebrate Halloween definitely seems to have become more of a personal decision than a biblically based one (in my opinion).

I'm far from perfect. But I could never really understand how or why someone who calls themselves a Christian celebrates Halloween! It's not my place to judge - that's God's job, and he will do that on Judgement Day. Yet, I find it odd that so many Christians actually celebrate this day as a holiday.

The worst part is when I've asked several why they celebrate Halloween, the reply is usually something along the lines of - "What's the big deal? The kids are just having fun, dressing up in costumes and getting candy. Plus, I did it, and there's nothing wrong with me."

I guess those parents don't realize that they're not setting a good example for their children? They are allowing them to think it's ok to do what everyone else does. And wost of all, do they not understand the symbolism behind this holiday?

I would have to guess that's what it is. Most people are just ignorant to what Halloween really represents or stands for because it has been so twisted and distorted into a celebration. While the celebration of Hallows Eve has been around in history for years, it doesn't make it right.

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

I believe it's healthy to have conversations around "controversial" topics and that it's ok to agree to disagree. please share your comments kindly.

© 2008 belief713


BrightEyes on August 27, 2013:

Halloween Is a fine holiday celebrate it or not but don't be rude to those who do celebrate it and really it doesn't matter what religion you are and


love ya on January 08, 2013:

I love Halloween

Bobbie Collins on October 30, 2012:

I don't know..........I think its freaky to learn that its a devil's holiday.....I mean my sister & I enjoyed Halloween for so many years....But then if the Pope said its OK.........Mixed feelings.

Mark Ketchum on September 24, 2012:

I find it funny that Mike states that the holiday is not worshiping the Devil, but he claims that it originating in a pagan ritual that tried to expel evil spirits. What? Even if that is true, trying to perform pagan rituals to rid evil spirits, is against Scripture, which makes it of the Devil. As a devout Christian he should have known that.

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Wisephilosopher on June 04, 2012:

Root of all evil stems from one's heart. commit no evil and you will not sin. Simply said- it's down to your own moral values and your own conscience. I think this transcends to all religion and culture. Maybe we should just accept, respect and view Halloween as part of a modern pop culture festival in the 21st century.

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person u dont know on February 01, 2012:

what is this

TUCKER1938 on January 20, 2012:

The Bible says to use righteous judgement. The Bible is the proper guide to judge what is right and what is not. In everything you say and do, do all as unto the LORD. Be in the world but do not love this world. This is serious business. The life you now live is only a blink of the eye compared to eternity. Where do you choose to spend eternity? I strongly recommend to everyone who reads this, read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation prayerfully. Pray before you start asking for guidance and understanding. After reading give thanks For Gods loving word. If you don't understand everything you read, don't be discouraged. As you grow by accepting Gods word by faith, the Holy Spirit will reveal more and more of the wonderful blessings that awaits us.

Guest on January 18, 2012:

If you say you are not judging because only God has the right to judge on judgement day, why are you judging and telling people what to do?

TUCKER1938 on December 14, 2011:

Go back to school and learn how to spell Halloween

her on December 13, 2011:

Holowin is dumb

TUCKER1938 on December 06, 2011:

Angel, Where did you get that name?? Someone give you that name or is it something you thought of all by yourself?? You ask, "Why does everybody has to bring the Bible into it?"

The answer to that is simply, because it is their right, just as you have the right to express your thoughts and beliefs.

And I exercise my rights by saying that I believe you are wrong about the Bible. It really does have all the answers, and I challenge you to read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament.

amIR on December 06, 2011:

i completely agree with you and i have more information from informations behind this day but any way you are in a right way

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Angel on November 05, 2011:

Why does everyone have to bring the bible into it?! You all know damn well if your research how Halloween started and how it got to how it is today....and I like to know if anyone has ever seen the ghosts or witches or anyone celebrate the so called devil on Halloween. And besides who says the bible has all the answers...men wrote it and they lie GOD him self did not write...not everyone follows it! I happen not to care for Halloween either but everybody can celebrate what they want its not your life MYOB : )

Lovebub on November 05, 2011:

However, would you not agree that Halloween is a joyful, fun time where it is an OPTION and not a must. Christians and non Christians have the choice. Many of my friends are extremely religious and so are their families, that doesn't mean they cant go trick or treating. Its suppose to be a fun night. And they don't dress up in devilish costumes either, I know for a fact that my friend who is a faithful Christian was a fairy last year...and that didn't change who she was or anything. Halloween is a time of fun and candy, not so much of a religious sin. If you want to go trick or treating its YOUR choice. No one can tell you not to if your parents have allowed it... It's YOUR choice because its YOUR life.

karen on November 03, 2011:

i love halloween!

15963 on November 01, 2011:

im not that amazed

questioner on November 01, 2011:

I'm amazed that this topic being going on for years. I just have one question. Why people don't dress up as Jesus or people of God? Isn't these the things we want to follow?

fgsdg on October 31, 2011:


Bob on October 31, 2011:

I completely agree with this!! so great and to Mike the first comment, I would just like to say that you went into to much details. Half the stuff you probably got off of wikipedia which is the worst site ever anyone can edit it lol and it also depends how you celebrate but in the modern completely disgusting society it's celebrated to worship the Devil

michelle on October 31, 2011:

i don't cellbrate holloween it stands for the devil God is the only person i cekkbrate and listen to i don't listen to people that tell me wrong anymore i am getting baptised and i am ready to do what ever God wants me to do

hans72 on October 31, 2011:

Grow up holloween believers . Why i have to dress my Children like devils? working door to door for peace of kindy.I don't get it

Kwesi on October 31, 2011:

I which the person who started this would come back and respond to some of he post that were written without the foul language. I am a very argumentative person but I can get my point across with out cursing, and I have a sailors mouth. I as a child trick or treated and dressed up but as me and my siblings got older we did not celebrate it. I have heard it was the Devil's day and other things, but now being an adult I wanted to search for the true meaning of the holiday. Right now amongst my family and friends I am willing to say that 80% of them do not know the meaning of Halloween or its history. For one, anything that is associated with paganism should not be celebrated. If you know what it meant to be a pagan then why would you celebrate anything from that culture. This is without knowing the details in which they celebrated it. I can understand the wanting to celebrate the holiday if you were brought up to celebrate it, and how difficult it would be to just stop. There are alot of things in the bible that we as christians are not supposed to do, but if you are a follower of christ you owe it to yourself to find out the meaning of Halloween and I would suggest going to some biased and unbiased sites. This is my opinion and mine alone when I say that if you know the holiday was a pagan holiday then why would you as a christian celebrate it? Thanks belief713 for the information, and I will aplogize for all of the curse-laden responses you got from non-believers.

D.J on October 31, 2011:

COOL !!!!

stacy on October 30, 2011:

I didn't get it

Les m on October 29, 2011:

We want to celebrate a day that is about evil and when it comes to christmas we want to take christ out of christmas what is this country coming to we need to get back to our roots if america was born on spiritual why are we allow this to happen in our country well for on reason Christian we need to stand up against any evil and when it comes to hallowen who would want to celebrate something that is going to keep you out of heaven. If you are a christian and born again the bible says you are a new creature in christ that mean the things of the past has to be done away with if you haven't turned these things a loose the bible says that yo. make up you mind who do you want to serve. you cannot serve God and evil either you will love one and hate the other. ask your self who is it that i love Christ for given me freedom or Satan who will keep me in bondage the rest of my life and eternity. Satan is real it is time to change it will be a terrible thing just to be able to look over in to heaven and can't get there because you waited to long to get right

808state on October 29, 2011:

My family celebrates Halloween. We don't worship the devils... I believe in God... I love him! And it's God who will judge me and no one else. It's holidays like this that bring family together. Spend time with your kids. Picking out pumpkins together, learning more about your kids imagination.. What they want to be for one day... Astronaut? Police officer? It's not always about ghosts n monsters! Sheesh.

TUCKER1938 on October 29, 2011:

Diana, where did you get the authority to judge who is and isn't a true christian, and why would you condemn someone to hell?? My Bible tells me that it is not our place to judge; Matthew 7:1&2. It also tells me that if we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us; Matthew 6:14&15

TUCKER1938 on October 28, 2011:

Three cheers for "Finding My Way." You are right on target.

Finding my way on October 27, 2011:

I am an eighteen year old whose life is completely devoted to serving God. I grew up in a home which didn't participate in Haloween. This is the year where I make my own decision though so I buckled down and started to do some research. I found the comments on this Hub very interesting and have read each of them. I've tried to be very open minded to the idea that What I've been trained in may be wrong and prayed for God to tell me what He wants for ME. By sharing my opinion, I am neither condemning nor judging anyone's or telling anyone what decision God wants them to make.

My decision to abstain from Haloween is not based on it's roots but from looking at the holiday's modern application and celebration. I believe that every day is a day that the Lord has made, including October 31st, but I also believe that Jesus taught us to be set apart from the parts of culture that don't glorify Him. Besides the fellowship of believers when churches offer alternatives which celebrate life and the wonderful way that God changes the seasons, I don't see glory to God in it. Trick or treating, in my opinion is an awful practice. I do not want to teach my children, when I get them, to demand candy "or else," also, no one needs that much candy, that's not necessary, it's unhealthy. As for dressing up, why not dress up randomly? Has our culture stifled imagination so much that we have to have an excuse for children to play dress up?

On another subject, when debating points, curse words and using all caps make you sound ignorant and closed minded. Jesus did not come to Earth to damn people to Hell so what makes humans think they have the right to decide another human's eternal fate? Haven't we ALL sinned and fallen short? Doesn't that make us all equally doomed until we call on Jesus to cover us and accept His gift of salvation? The same measure you use to judge others will judge you. Do I believe that going along with Haloween guarantees you a spot in Hell? Absolutely not! Not unless God has put a conviction on your heart not to and you have run from His convictions attempting to hide? (which by the way, masking the physical does not hide you from the spiritual)

But does not having a conviction from God to not participate make you right? Not necessarily.

God has created us all in His image yes, but God is a big God with many images and we are all created uniquely. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, only we change and only God knows where we need to be.

Oh and, just a note, the pope supports many things I disagree with, from where I stand, I follow the Bible which says I should follow Jesus who forgives my sins not a pope who tries to bind me in religion. God did not send the pope so that my sins may be washed away.

Windy on October 27, 2011:


"The simple truth is that Halloween is a very wicked celebration, celebrating very wicked things. Such as, haunted houses, death, graveyards, murder, torture, pure sadism in some instances, cruelty, witchcraft, etc."

Most celebrants of Halloween are not practitioners of witchcraft, and those that are aren't of your concern. I've never met anyone who would condone cruelty, sadism, torture, or murder. Death and graveyards are not wicked, they are an inescapable part of life. If you're a Christian, you believe Christ has saved us from the final death of the soul, not from physical death. In its current incarnation, Halloween is a time to face down the things that, deep down, we're scared or superstitious about.

Quite simply, it's not about worshiping the works of the Devil. And while some of its roots are in pre-Christian attempts to protect oneself from evil, it's not about Christ's protection not being enough, either. It's about facing your fears, not allowing the evil things we sometimes face in life stop us from enjoying it. To me, that's perfectly compatible with how God wants us to treat our fears.

This is me on October 25, 2011:

And on an added note, I must dress up for my works halloween event, so does that mean i am worshipping the devil?

Sophie on October 25, 2011:

So Now your blog is just simply off, i realize your point, and I understand your argument. But I dress up and go trick or treating that in no way means im idolizing something at all in any means. I am Christain as well as my family, We did halloween as a distraction from my dad being so sick , now that he is better it isn't as purposed. I still love to go It is fun i don't like the devil costumes no, but before posting a blog, think of more than one side. I Do NOT think it is devil worship, and Im pretty sure any devoted Christain is going to cast judgement on anyone else.

TUCKER1938 on October 24, 2011:

"There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12 KJV

Each person who has posted a comment on this hub or blog has been added to my prayer list The God of creation knows each of you and He knows your intermost thoughts and needs.

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1st Thessalonians


We, as Christians are instructed by the Holy Bible, not only to avoid evil, but anything that has an evil appearance.

Each of you who feel that its cool or alright to celebrate halloween, I challenge you, if you truly desire to know the truth, to read the Holy Bible from cover to cover. As for the person who repeated the same comment several times, The Word of God says to avoid vain and foolish babbling, and that my friend is why you received no response.

Brittany j on October 23, 2011:

Halloween isn't just celebrated for wicked perpuses. Some people, Christens included, celebrate it to celebrate fall. We don't all see it as a celebration of death, graveyards and wicked things, but a celebration of the season and all it has to offer.

monty on October 20, 2011:

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Tim Matthews2011 from Huntsville, AL. on October 19, 2011:

Everyone has their own ideas and opinions about Halloween. Mine are simply on the enjoyment of the lighter side. It's good, clean fun, in most cases, and children love to dress up and get candy. Some people do go too far with their Halloween celebrations tho. And it's unfortunate, because there is an innocence to Halloween, but it's over-shadowed by the few who try to make it into something it's not. Some do bring the devil into their celebrations. Ignorance is their beliefs that the devil is in any way approving of those celebrations. But the trick-or-treating, the costumes, which are more superheroes, princesses and cartoon characters, and the family time are what makes Halloween great. But I do understand and respect your views and opinions on the subject. This was a great read, btw.

cassie on October 18, 2011:

yall r stupid! im a missionary and celebrate halloween! just good clean fun!

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yo' momma on October 12, 2011:

i did your dad .

Person u dnt know on October 07, 2011:

So dressing up as a princess and getting candy, is considered devil worshiping, I never knew (hint hint that was sarcasm) it's not worshiping the devil, cause 3 year old pro ally don't worship the devil k.

RichardCMckeown on October 07, 2011:

Very informative hub.

Y U NO REPLY TO ME?! on October 05, 2011:


nilkki bisquits on October 04, 2011:

A lady was cooking a roast and her husband saw her cutting the ends of the roast off. He asked her why she did that. She told him that her mom prepared it the same way. Not being satisfied with that answer he went and asked his mother-in-law, and she didin't know either long story short he ended up asking his wifes great,great grandmother why did you cut the ends of the roast off before it was cooked. Her reply was I did that because I didn't have a pan big enough for it to fit. Do your homework. Proverbs 3:5-6 if we've really have had a life changing experience with God you wouldn't want to do anything to miss out on the full witness of what it is to be bought back into right standing with your Lord and Savior.Being not just convinced but converted.I am sure that their will people who will not make it into the Kingdom of God. I don't believe it will be soley because they did or didn't celebrated Halloween but it will be because the blood of my Lord and savior was not applied to their life.Old things pass away, behold all things become new. With all your getting get an understanding. Don't get offended. Pray ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. This is his assignment, to lead and guide us into all truth.If some of these comments are made by people who are not born again belivers. I aint mad at cha. Do yourself a favor take a walk down the Romans road and come to the Lord Jesus.Find out if you are really saved and make your election sure. People parish for a lack of knowledge Ready? Go to the book of Romans 3:23,6:23,5:8,10:13,10:9,12:12. Check it out for yourself . I promise you that when you examine your life and find out that you have come up short according to the scripture you will shun the very appearance of evil. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord Jesus Christ Praise Him.

beeee on October 03, 2011:


Diana on September 25, 2011:

If you claim to be a Christian than you must know what a Christian is, right? It's a person who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. I've never met anyone who claimed to be a Christian who actually did this. Belief713 is a poser not a Christian. If there is a hell, you will surely be burning there. Hope you like fire.

Disowning Christmas on September 24, 2011:

Christmas is a nonsense holiday and is band from my home...my child will be going to a public school!!!!! Because Loonys like above!!! Hail Halloween and the Grim Reaper!!!

anonymous on September 22, 2011:

I am a muslim but if you christians want to celebrate haloween then there is nothing wrong with that.But with my research i've found out that it's not about worshiping the devil at all so anyone who thinks its about that then their just lost in the wrong direction.But i don't celebrate haloweeen i was just trying to state my opinion.

nicely writen (though slitley biased) on September 06, 2011:

I want to congratulate you for such a well worded opinion. i as an individual believe that Halloween has become nothing more then an excuse to party; and be scared witless(though those new gory movies don't scare me and I'm 16!) Anyways great Hub well written though it was a bit hard to read due to It's length. LOL

Ryan on September 05, 2011:

Dressing up on Haloween was to ward off evil spirits. You are right when you say it has gotten tiwsted over the years, now it just a fun night for kids to get free candy.

Louise on May 25, 2011:

Halloween, has lost its meaning, kids just celebrate it because its fun and you get free stuff, nothing anti christian about that...

nubianprincess on January 18, 2011:

I believe, especially after reading this hub, that everyone of us who comments needs to go back and do extensive research on all of the holidays that we celebrate. Personally, I've never viewed Halloween as a holiday but my son and I do trick or treat together. He dressed up as Spiderman one year, Power Ranger another and he was Snake Eyes from GI Joe last year. I have never been to a haunted house but I probably would. My Grandmother and I have watched scary movies together since I was a child, and we still do. I think it's for the adrenaline rush that people enjoy. I am a Christian and as a Christian I know it isn't for us to mistreat one another, disrespect one another or condemn one another for varying beliefs. None of us have Christianity perfected or there would be several like Jesus. We were born to sin but THAT doesn't give us a reason to continue to do it! We should seriously research more... but research in an effort to get closer to Christ, not to make immature excuses.

Sarah on December 30, 2010:

I love these idiotic answers you got!!!!! LOL There are so many Christians that will defend their right to celebrate ANYTHING whether it makes sense it or not. Especially this "Mike" guy. HILARIOUS!! But on a bit of a serious note, right or wrong, if a Christian wants to do it, they'll do it. No matter what. Whether it has anything to do with God or not. Just watch your back when they disagree--they'll get testy if they don't agree with something and they really want to do it.

ldknf on November 10, 2010:

learn to write a proper article, one that perhaps doesn't include such abbreviations as LOL, maybe then people could begin to take your arguments seriously.... or not

Daisy20 on November 01, 2010:

I am a devoted christian and I don't celebrate Halloween, because it envolves sorcery that the bible says not to follow what was brought here from another nation. But I also think that if you are a christian you can celebrate it if you want, because Halloween is not in the Bible and came before Christ....

Believer1990 on November 01, 2010:

I personally don't have a problem with Halloween. Saying that the holiday is evil; the same argument could be said about Christmas. The Celts celebrated there winter's festival in December and when the Romans invaded, they made the celebration about Jesus'birth. During the battle every Christian that died the Celts would light a candle in celebration, hence why we decorate with lights and other things to that effect, but we as Christians still celebrate it. This could be said about a number of other holidays. I think a lot of the gore we see nowadays have been introduced through popular culture like horror movies, and you can celebrate the holiday without the gore.

michael on October 31, 2010:

wow everyone is so lost on here please god open there eyes this world is in such bad shape god help us

Mary McBeth on October 31, 2010:

Costumes and candy are half price the day after. Celebrate that.

Seth McDonald on October 31, 2010:

I celebrate halloween to see all the costumes and to get a lot of candy!!!!

Nick on October 31, 2010:

I'm shocked by some of the comments. "quit using your faith as shield and sword" Seriously? Your faith is supposed to be your spirtual shield and the word of God is a sword. Ever heard of the Sword of the Lord? My guess would be you haven't.

My guess would be that most of you are ignorant in God's word and don't have any understanding. God constantly warns you against participating in men's traditions, and the practices of the heathen. Just like Easter the highest day of Christianity. Christ became our passover, and instead we celebrate a pagan fertility festivle. People just don't want to give up those traditions, and you don't have to worry about me judging you. You need to worry about God judging you.

Google on October 30, 2010:

Quit using your faith as shield and sword. You fear His punishment more than feel and teach His love. He does not need your love because He's not an insecure or fearful (or even fearsome) being. You need to spend some more time with Him and leave everyone else alone. Christian my ass. Based on this post YOUR God has sent everyone pre-Jesus, or just swears a lot, to burn. That DOES sound like a "good" god...

Go love someone, stop judging, you're NOT Him.

Coach Louise on October 29, 2010:

Scary things, quite frankly don't make me feel good. That goes for scary movies too!!!! which so many people like. Movies or TV shows like True Blood. Then there are scary books, they too are not my cup of tea. They could be judged just like Halloween, however when people watch a scary movie or read a scary book do you think they are inviting evil in?

Halloween has never been my favorit holiday, until my son died. How touching it was for me to discover there was a holiday to stop and remember and honor our loved ones in heaven. How hopeful to know that heaven might open the veil for us to feel a connection. America is in grief in so many vast areas, mostly because so many have lost their connection with God. Many fear death. But when we connect to the otherside, our faith in God is a thousand times renewed.

When we come from ego [judgement] we Edge God Out, but when America brings God [love] back Great Opportunities Deliver.

So I will not dress up scary, but I will enjoy watching kids being Child Like I will play my sons favorit music, put on his shirt, then I will go outside and under the moon or maybe the rain I will send my love to heaven , and thank God for my time with him and for all the many wonderful things in my life. I will look for love in Halloween , www.americasgriefcoach.com With love to all of you, Coach Louise Rouse

Me on October 29, 2010:

i've been reading over..and i'd like to state that i don't condemn those who celebrate, but people who do, and just for so called fun and not with a church still are supporting the original beliefs without trying to...so even if you say "oh it's just for a bit of fun, the TV says so" then you do not know what it truly is, and isn't that also silly or wrong?

mamamama on October 28, 2010:


Ben on October 26, 2010:

My Kids dress up in cute little costumes and attend a Church carnival every Halloween. They play silly little carnival games for candy, jump in a moonwalk, eat popcorn and cotton candy, have hot dogs and nachos.....all while not worshiping any evil spirits or other idols. The church even hands out little bags with little gospel tracts....it's all based on having the kids come to a secure setting in the community. People that get on here and go on about how bad Halloween have obviously were raised in a family that never celebrated and have been brain washed into thinking everyone that celebrates this little holiday are worshiping something other than our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

lelsey marsh on October 25, 2010:

After reading nearly all of the comments,nobody really know why we have halloween!! its just another religious argument like many of the wars in this crazy world , its all about religion.

Russell on October 24, 2010:

Ok look back onto all church events that are now bleaved to be bad. there was a time when the church was law over every thing and that did nothing but get good people burned becouse the church bleaved they praticed wich craft. which is nothing more than cooking with herbs with the beleaf it helped people heal different sicknesses. which we now use every day called vitamans and the witches brew is a green tea made from different roots and leaves. peoples perception on every thing is what their brains tell them what it looks like to them. when actually they may be totally worng about the whole thing. becouse a man and a woman who are both married to other people are seen eating lunch or dinner a person who knows both of them will almost always assume they are comiting adultry. with only knowing they are together by them selfs. my bleafs are what i bleave to be true yours are the same for you. but people have made so many mistakes and all I have to say is man made the bible of stories they percive to be true and the words a preacher speaks are their perception of the bible. on top of all that where is the best place to hide? In plane sight. so what is the true stories of your preacher or misister. I know of several people of god who have done so much eavil in their past and so many people bleave they are so much better than others becouse they fallow those same evil dealers in their word. So my perception of halloween and all the different symbols mean different things to me than they do you. Are we wrong? No Just different. this argument can go on forever over different peoples perception. So you go every sunday sunday night and wednesday night to your beggers place of gathering and cast judgment onto others then state you do not becouse its not cristian. but we all know you are full of shxx.look at slavery most of america bleaved it was ok to own a person as if they were an animal to do with as they please. look how wrong the world was then. Then look at what you are doing and asking becouse it is what your parents tought you to be right.

sigh on October 24, 2010:

december 25th is a pagan holiday

Jesus Follower with a Question on October 22, 2010:

After reading most of the comments here, I'm left asking myself (a follower of Jesus Christ) this question:

Can our "innocent actions" here in this world (the reality we live in and perceive) have negative consequences in the "spiritual world" where The Battle is taking place?

More specifically, can participating in Halloween activities, even in an "innocent" way, still have negative consequences in the battles that are taking place continuously in the spiritual world we can't see?

Luvsthelord on October 20, 2010:

Sorry I meant cinco de miyo... I'm using the itouch and it has an annoying spellchek tht dus that alot

Luvsthelord on October 20, 2010:

I see what you mean. My family celebrates it to honor those deseased. Kind of like condo de myo. The close cousin of Halloween where loved ones dress up as skeletons and give treats in order to show luv for the departed

belief713 (author) from Earth on October 20, 2010:

Thank you ALL for your comments! I just felt i needed to add I don't feel everyone is running around celebrating the devils birthday on purpose. To clarify, It is not the devils birthday, that's just something I feel and call Halloween. I know many feel they are just having fun and it's for the kids, etc but as Christians we are not supposed to celebrate Pagan holidays...and based on the history of Halloween, that's what it is. I'm also not saying you're not a Christian because you have celebrated Halloween nor do I feel it will cause you to go to he'll. Do I feel you'll have to answer for it if you have celebrated it? Yes. We all have sins we will have to answer for and I just felt AS a Christian WE (because I did research and did not know all the published info before) should be made aware of the TRUTH and not be blinded by the commercial or historical deceit...

Vicki on October 20, 2010:

Thank you Mike for trying to so nicely explain the reason behind Halloween; however, consider the source of who you are trying to explain it to. These people will never get it. I'm a Christian - have been since I was young and I've always celebrated Halloween as a lighthearted holiday in which we dressed up and got candy. No one was sacrificing anyone, etc. About it being the devil's birthday? Where did that come from? It was actually called All Hallowed Eve the day before All Saints Day. It's unfortunate that there are sick people out there who do use it to give them reason to do something horrible but I think for most of us, it's just a day of fun for the kids. I would never accuse anyone of not being a Christian because there kids are out getting candy.

Lo on October 20, 2010:

i love halloween

l on October 20, 2010:

this is to long for me to read

Luvsthelord on October 19, 2010:

I love this hub. It's filled with information and is very interesting :) everyone has a voice and everyone has the right to shout all over lords earth (or in this case the Internet) ! I luv the way you bak up ur facts wen sum1 tries proving you wrong. Tht crazy chik who claimed she believed in god and cussed is unbelievable! If all you do is pray and go cussing and not to mention HATING Ppl then u will burn in hell . Simple as that. Life is a test. Either u pass or not. It's whether you study pray and believe is all tht counts. Even tho I disagree 100% wit this hub I also disagree wit all of u calling her crazy for voiceing her opinion JUST like u commenters r! I wish u all a long and happy life . Wahahaha trick or treat ;)

Sheryl on October 19, 2010:

Hahahahah I love all the comments you got, belief713! I know it's been a while since you first posted this, but I felt like had to voice my position on this topic.

I've never celebrated Halloween in my life because of my parents. As a teenager I now agree with my parents, but I'm having trouble with defending my reasons as to why I don't celebrate Halloween. I mean, truthfully, I don't care that friends and peers tell me I suck or that I'm stupid for not celebrating Halloween. It just really bothers me that they don't see any harm in doing so and I don't know how to convince them that it is still related to the devil. Though many of them claim they are Christians or go to church, I have yet to find a friend or even a classmate that really tries to live a Christian life.

Lazar on October 17, 2010:

Really people? Why worry youselfs this much about something not that important. Just enjoy Halloween, have some fun and trick or treat. Maybe it was a "Evil Holliday" but now its all about the candy, fireworks and fun. Just lay aside all that religouse stuff and have fun. would you really go to hell for having some fun while trick or treating?

gerber on October 15, 2010:


RedRinger on October 15, 2010:

I believe the most interesting comment was written by, "A Compromise".

Sarah on October 14, 2010:

is anyone else aware that the devil never had a physical body (ie was never born) so he does not have a birthday? therefore, halloween cannot be his birthday? also december 25 is a pagan sun god holiday, that Christian's stole for Christmas. Chritmas that has been so commercialized that almost no one understands the meaning. if halloween is not for you then that is fine by me, i just think that it is sad that you are denying yourself (and your children) happiness on this one night, and possibly turning them in to cynics. either way whether you celebrate halloween or not i honestly don't see what is evil about it. i understand that people use it for evil, but people do that with everything. if you feel that Heavanly Father does not want you to celebrate the holiday, then do not, but do not condem those who do. it gives Christians their hypocrite reputation that is impossible to escape and turns more people away then anything else.

DEBORAH on October 09, 2010:

Why do we mourn the dead on oct 31. The bible tells us to morn and go on that death should be a celebration. I agree that if you are a christian you are protected why do you need a costume to feel protected. My understanding of this day growing up was to get a whole lot of candy. The bible clearly tells us not to believe in witchcraft horiscopes etc. And yes I did go trick or treating out of ignorance of what it means. It's up to the individual and their choice to celebrate or not. It's all about why you do it evil or just plain fun. We are to love everyone even the unloveable. I would hate to think that God did not love me no more because I went door to door and collected candy because I am allowed to do so. I don't celebrate this day anymore. But I am not going to condeme those who do that is not my place.

Me on October 09, 2010:

Yes, i have been reading, and a whole lot of your views are it is the fault of comercialism, they know about halloween and the basis of it all. I'm a christian, and an aussie so i have never celebrated halloween.

Anyways, the comercialism means that they have down watered osmething that once held meaning, it has become filled and riddled with lollipops and chocolate, it has become meaningless to modern day society except for a day off. When, even though the act on halloween are wrong, should be celbrated for their true meaning, not for the shit hole meaning that the amercian advertising system has given to it. It's the same as saying the devil is only evil because it was god's plan for it, it is unjustifiable. Sure, i agree with Belief713 and others that hold his views, sorry if i don't acknowledge you but meh, but i also do not condemn you that have an oppsing view.

The ideas behind halloween, the true ideals, not the modern ones, do hold quite a large amount of power, it is like religion to people. It is important and should be celebrated for it's true meaning, but i don't want to participate in the celebration of it, i would rather morn in it's glow

Me on October 09, 2010:

Yes, i have been reading, and a whole lot of your views are it is the fault of comercialism, they know about halloween and the basis of it all. I'm a christian, and an aussie so i have never celebrated halloween.

Anyways, the comercialism means that they have down watered osmething that once held meaning, it has become filled and riddled with lollipops and chocolate, it has become meaningless to modern day society except for a day off. When, even though the act on halloween are wrong, should be celbrated for their true meaning, not for the shit hole meaning that the amercian advertising system has given to it. It's the same as saying the devil is only evil because it was god's plan for it, it is unjustifiable. Sure, i agree with Belief713 and others that hold his views, sorry if i don't acknowledge you but meh, but i also do not condemn you that have an oppsing view.

The ideas behind halloween, the true ideals, not the modern ones, do hold quite a large amount of power, it is like religion to people. It is important and should be celebrated for it's true meaning, but i don't want to participate in the celebration of it, i would rather morn in it's glow

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on October 08, 2010:

Blame this to comercialism. Halloween is just an excuse for those engaged in business to make money from the celebrations, just like the way they do to make Christmas, Valentine's Day, and all those holidays click to children and the vulnerable adults. For me All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are better observed in prayers for the dead, than celebrating it with the living.

js on October 07, 2010:

Mike, so you believe that because pope made it ok to celebrate it, it would be ok to do so. Now am asking, if pope says it is ok to kill will you go out there and kill?

White cat on October 05, 2010:

Okay, to all those pro-haloween people, I just want to say that when you defend this holday, you are for having fun and for children having fun, but does it have to be with the attribute and the symbols? Do you really think that this scary tactic is actually made for or useful to little ones? I think that it's up to parents to decide for what the children ought to do, but it's also the responsibility of parents to protect them from harm, both physiacl and mental. Children are really scared of displays of monsters and sceletons, and especially of walking ones (in costumes), the costumes are made so realistic nowdays, and children fear them on an instinctive level (nature made them to be scared of it), and no words of parents "it's just a person in there" are going to change their mind about them being scared. After visiting a costume shop or seeing displays outside, they go home and then have hard time falling asleep and then think about monsters and have nightmares and are afraid to die. I personally don't approve of the scary stuff for little kids, nor I belive that devils are out to get you that night. I am sure someone somewhere uses this holiday to do some bad stuff and to instill fear in us.

I would rather there was a separate holiday for kids to celebrate with costumes and candy that wouldn't have the images and attributes of scary things. It feels like they paired up good fun with some unnecessary practices.

sandiee on October 04, 2010:

how is it americans can celebrate an evil holiday but it is wrong to have a bible in public schools?

Rain Lynn on October 04, 2010:

I think its funny that some of you christian idiots think that its soooooo bad to celebrate halloween. Please people if you know anything about it you would know that the whole thing has changed over into people dressing up and partying or kids dressing up just so they can get some candy it even says on this site http://www.history.com/topics/halloween that One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween. So if you really think that the majority of people are running around praising the devil you are an idiot. Its just about the fun of being together and getting scared and eating candy, and if you don't already know this that tells me you've never celebrated it so don't be spewing a bunch of stupid crap that you don't know anything about.

belief713 (author) from Earth on September 11, 2010:

I just want to thank everyone for your comments. I never knew 2 years ago when I wrote this it would have caused the commotion it did. It's interesting to see all the different opinions... oh yeah and for those confused about "why we celebrate halloween" parts of the text are sourced from the Encyclopedia and the videos embedded document much of the "history"

paris on September 03, 2010:

I was just reading a few of yalls comments and I just want to say..that if you wanna celebrate halloween then do it if not then don't and some of yall are saying that God will judge yall for celebrating halloween and stuff???? yes he will judge everyone for any sin. thats Gods right not yours so noone should judge someone on here for celebrating it or not. worry about your own life don't point your finger

tom on August 16, 2010:

The decorated Christmas tree only caught on in the mid-19th century. Modern-day opposition continues: some condemn the Christmas tree because they believe it to be a Christian symbol; others condemn it because they believe -- incorrectly -- that the custom of cutting down a tree, erecting it in the home and decorating it is a Pagan custom. A little research goes a long way!

tom on August 16, 2010:

Unfortunatly, this "holiday" is becoming just another excuse to party. Almost all bars have some kind of party or special night to lure people who are upset that they have to grow up. If that doesn't spell commercialism...I don't know what does? Halloween is harmless to someone with common sense, but it is also an excuse for some to claim the "holiday" for themselves. Are the "norm" traditions (trick or treating, dressing up, bobbing for apples) going to cast a person into the pits of hell?...I believe not. I know some people that claim this "holiday" is their favorite of all...I ask myself, how can that be? Then I realize...the commercialism is working! Kind of weird that a celebration of harvest can have that much importance in someone's life. Just my opinion, and it probably doesn't matter to many.

william on July 29, 2010:

oh my god you people are freaks. Halloween equals the devil's holiday? Not! Halloween is a harvest festival in the old religion. This is what's wrong with so called christians. Hmmmmm, what about Christmas? The christmas tree has pagan roots. Oh my lord, did you figure it out? Christians have been stealing from pagans for centuries.

jay on July 10, 2010:

I'm sorry but after reading a few of the first comments I also felt that I had to write this..... this goes to Jen17 u said at the end "but it was not supposed to be a celebration based on evil... etc..." well that's exactly it I don't know a lot about how it really started but regardless of the reason even if it wasn't meant to become what it has u said it urself.... it was not supposed to... well the truth of the matter is that it has, I have celebrated Halloween almost all my life but I've learned a lot this past yr and honestly god will be my witness... I will never celebrate it again! around where I've grown up there are ppl whom are seriously scared to walk the streets cus it has gotten that far, that deep... gangs have made that day "initiation day" for them and they go around raping girls, women and slashing peoples faces, what's good about that....? I fear for my family on Halloween, for my loved ones... there is no good in Halloween... and if u have a relationship with god and havnt realized this yet... u will and I pray that u will..... open your eyes!

mel on June 30, 2010:



mike1242 from London on June 15, 2010:

what an interesting hub,,,you could actually write a hub about all the comments written.

Me i think we all have our beliefs and views on life, which do not suit the beliefs of others.

Im a christian and even i know that christian beliefs have been borrowed or stolen from other faiths before and after the christian faith was formed.

LEMMERZZ on June 09, 2010:

Ok, this is the stupidest argument EVER! Who cares if someone celebrate Halloween or not? I completely agree with Mike! Gahhhh! But why in the name of the Lord do we have to fight over something like that?