Should a christian celebrate Halloween

Every year, I see the same question repeatedly. Should a Christian celebrate Halloween?

In today’s post, I will share with you 

  • 3 things the bible says we should consider.
  • 7 things a Christian should do on Halloween
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Should a Christian celebrate Halloween?

3 things the bible says Christians Should Consider

As a Christian, my goal is to live a life that is glorifying God. Whenever I have a question, I turn to the Bible and see what it has to say about it.

Since the bible doesn’t talk specifically about Halloween, I have to dig deeper to see what God wants for me.

But, as we consider the question, there are 3 things a Christian should think about when wondering if they can celebrate Halloween.

1. Do Not Conform

Romans 12:2 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

This verse is very clear. As Christians, we are not to look like the world.

We are to renew our minds and do the will of God. 

In this verse, world means: “an age, a period of time,” marked in the NT usage by spiritual or moral characteristics, which is sometimes translated as “world”

So, when translated it means: not to be conformed to this period of time/this age. 

Every age and era has social norms that are not ruled by God’s word but by popular opinion. So, we are not to be swayed by popular opinion, but we are to renew our minds and seek out God’s will for us.

2. Go out into all the world

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We know this verse as the great commission. Even though we are not to be swayed by what the world is doing, we are called to go out into it. That means that God does not want us to hide in our basements and ignore the people around us. He wants us to be actively getting to know people around us so that one day we can tell them about Christ. 

For me, Halloween is a perfect time of year to get to know my neighbors. When is there another time when your neighbors come to you and ring your doorbell??……never!!

In today’s world, we live behind walls, fences, and technology. We have built a society that has no need for one another and divided each other up with little connection. 

Halloween is a built-in day that all of that goes away. People willingly go out of their homes and come out into the streets and ring other people’s doorbells. 

We use Halloween to put faces to neighbors and show God’s love through our generosity and attitude. Click here to read more about how you can love your neighbor at Halloween. 

3. Our freedom 

1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31-33 

23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

When we become Christians, we have the freedom to make our own choices on things that are not black in white. 

The Bible is very clear on certain things: salvation, heaven, hell, and more. 

But, the bible leaves many things out including: Should Christians take part in Halloween? 

Because of this freedom, each Christian can come to their own conclusion about Halloween. 

But, there are a few considerations we should make. 

2 considerations:

  1. Seek the good of others 

1 Corinthians 10:24  

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

So, when we consider what we should do, we also need to think about how our actions may affect others. 

Some questions we should ask ourselves: 

  1. Will taking part in Halloween harm my children? Physically or emotionally 
  2. Does my involvement in an activity hurt my relationship with the people I love? 

If your answer to either of these questions is yes, then maybe it would be good to reconsider your plans for Halloween and do something that won’t hurt your children and won’t ruin the relationships that matter to you. 

2. Is this to the glory of God? 

Reading further in 1 Corinthians 12 leads us to these verses. 

1 Corinthians 12: 31-33

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

This verse reminds us we have a choice in what we do, but we should always think about whether our actions bring God glory. 

Each Christian may come to a different conclusion about what that means, buts it’s important to think about and then follow through. 

For our family, we try to bring honor to God by being kind to everyone who comes to our door but also in the costumes the children wear. Our children can wear any costume they want except for demons, witches, ghosts, zombies, evil monsters, and other costumes that seem evil or hurtful. 

We have this rule because we don’t want our children to portray evil things. We also have this rule because we don’t want our kids scaring others with their costumes. 

My kids have been extremely scared by some costumes and we don’t want our kids to have that effect on others. 

A picture of a Bible verse 1 Corinthians 12:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

7 things a Christian should do

Since there is no clear answer in the bible on whether Christians should or shouldn’t celebrate Halloween, we need to look beyond the question and focus on what Christians should do on Halloween.

1. Seek God’s will 

Anytime we have a question about what we should do and how we should act, our first step should always be to seek God’s will. 

We can seek God’s will by 

Praying

Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV)

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

God encourages us to come to Him with everything!! There is nothing too stupid or too small to come to God with. He wants us to ask Him what we should do. 

When we come to God in prayer, His word promises us we might not get specific answers, but we will receive peace. The peace He gives us will then control the way we think and feel. 

Reading His word

God’s word may not have direct instructions for our specific situation, but it will give us God’s character and guidelines we should follow. A good place to start would be the verses I laid out in the above section.

If you still need more guidance, then I would encourage you to read Romans 14. This chapter lays out how we are free to act in what ways God gives us freedom in balancing unity and love with our brothers and sisters in God. 

When trying to decide what God wants us to do, we need to remember that God wants all our actions to show our love for God or our love for our neighbor.

2. Love your neighbor 

Matthew 22:37 (NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Halloween is a perfect time to love your neighbor and there are many simple things you can do to show the love of God. 

3. Keep the unity 

If you have been a Christian for a while, then you know we don’t all agree on everything. 

We actually disagree on many things, and we let our differences decide us. 

But God does not what that for us. It’s ok that we have different opinions, but they should not decide us. 

1 Corinthians 1:10

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

God’s desire is for us to be united in mind and thought. That’s a high calling. It may not be achievable here on earth. But, I think the larger point here is to be united. To love each other despite our differences. 

4. Stop Passing judgment

Romans 14:13

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

As Christians, it’s easy for us to look down on people who do things differently than we do. 

We feel The Lord has called us to do one thing and look down on others who don’t feel that way. 

We Jude their actions, their reasoning, and even their relationship with God. 

God does not want that for us. He wants us to stop passing judgment on others. 

Instead, He wants us to decide to not stumble each other. 

That means that our love for our brother and sister in the Lord should be so great that we would consider that before ourselves. We might even decide not to do something because of our brother and sister. 

5. Don’t stumble others 

As Christians, we have the freedom to choose to participate in what we want. 

But, our participation or lack thereof should not stumble our Christian Brothers and sisters. 

Romans 14:13

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

What does that look like? 

Since we are talking about Halloween, I will use it in 2 examples. 

  1. Let’s say that you feel that it’s ok to take part in Halloween, but you attend a church that strongly believes that Christians should not take part. Before you decide and do what you want, God wants us to think about the people around us and how our actions will affect them. Here, taking part in Halloween might offend the people we fellowship with. It might even cause them to be angry with us and make a separation. If that is the case, then it might be better to choose to abstain instead of participating.
  2. Now let’s look at another example. Let’s say that you believe as Christians we should never participate in Halloween. But, your church has had a fall dress-up festival on Halloween. Instead of speaking out against it and making this activity a point of decision decide to pray for the event and maybe even consider going. 

Each Christian is in a different citation which makes the answer to this question. I don’t know the church you go to or your beliefs on the matter. But, using God’s word as a standard, God will show you how you can keep your freedom or combination without causing harm to the surrounding people. 

6. Be a light

God calls us to be a light in the darkness and to share the gospel with those around us. 

Halloween is a perfect time of year to open our doors and give people tracks about God’s love. 

7. Find alternatives 

If you truly feel that God does not want you to go trick or treating but you still want your kids to have fun on Halloween, there are many alternative things you can do. 

Click here to read 6 alternatives to trick or treat

As a Christian, it can be a minefield trying to decide whether you should celebrate. Everyone you ask may have a different opinion, or you may be the only one that has a particular conviction. 

The one thing that matters above all things is that you obey God’s calling and that you are considerate of others while you show obedience. 

In the comments below, let me know if you celebrate Halloween and how you came to that decision.

4 responses to “Should a christian celebrate Halloween”

  1. nicole Avatar

    Great article, will definitely be pinning this.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Thank you. I am so happy you like it! Feel free to share 🙂

  2. Genesis Sampson Avatar

    These are some great points to think about! I love that you acknowledge the fact that every situation is going to be different, depending on how it affects the people around you. Growing up, this was always tricky ground for our family, so it’s interesting to hear from another Christian family about how they decide whether or not to participate in Halloween.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      This can for sure be tricky and like everything else in our walk with God, it’s best to show grace and love to one another. Thanks for commenting.

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