What does the Bible
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What is the origin of Halloween, one of the world's most popular and "fun" holidays? Is its origin and traditions from the Bible or from somewhere else? Is the day just HARMLESS FUN? Why do church people celebrate it?

Without a doubt, the holiday and its celebrations do not come from the Bible! It comes from the Catholic Church and its running out of days in which to celebrate a particular saint. Halloween came from "All Saints Day" or "All Hallows" which the church picked as November 1 - a day to celebrate ALL the saints.

According to the National Retail Federation, seven in ten Americans now celebrate Halloween. Those celebrating it in the United States spend an average of $72.31 on decorations, costumes, and candy. Pet owners alone will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on pint size devils, pumpkins and witch costumes. Total spending on the holiday is in the BILLIONS of dollars.

Foods that are often associated with Halloween include Bonfire toffee (Great Britain), candy and toffee apples (Great Britain, Ireland), caramel apples and candy corn, candy shaped like skulls, bats, and so on, pumpkin (pie, bread, roasted seeds) and roasted sweet corn.


The origins of the holiday and its symbols are fairly well known. For example, the Library of Congress (U.S.) research center states the following.

"Virtually all present Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead . . . In old England cakes were made for the wandering souls, and people went "a' soulin'" for these 'soul cakes.' . . . " (Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows)

Nicholas Rogers, a historian who explored the holiday's origin, noted that although some who study folklore believe the holiday came from one of Rome's feasts called Pomona, it is usually linked with a Celtic feast dedicated to Samhain.

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Christians and the holiday

Why do MANY who profess to believe in the Bible and state that they consider themselves Christians, celebrate Halloween? The simple answer is to THEM (not God) it does not make any difference. They will say they see no harm in cavorting about dressed like a devil or a skeleton. They enjoy giving out candy to children and having 'fun' at parties. Adults say they have gravitated to the festivities of the holiday because they can enjoy themselves completely, without feeling 'burdened' by the expectations and responsibilities of other holidays (e.g. Christmas, Easter, etc.). They also do not see anything ultimately wrong with having their children have "harmless holiday fun" through stories involving spells, witches, demons, death, suffering and so on.

A rather odd Halloween postcard
A rather odd Halloween postcard
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What does GOD say about it?

God has made in plain regarding what he thinks about the world's holidays, especially those that might be "borrowed" to worship him!

29 When he (God) destroys the nations in the land where you will live, 30 don’t follow their example in worshiping their gods. Do not ask, ‘How do these nations worship their gods?’ and then go and worship as they do! 31 You must not insult the Lord your God like that! These nations have done HORRIBLE things that he hates, all in the name of their religion (Deuteronomy 12:29 - 31, see also Deuteronomy 18:11 - 12)

The holiday is an entirely pagan celebration with no basis in the Bible. God reminds us, through the Apostle John, not to gravitate toward such worldly holidays.

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1John 2:15, NASB)

Simply put, Halloween and its symbols originated not in the Bible but with people deceived by the devil to worship FALSE (pagan) gods. No true believer in the Eternal should be involved in the holiday, with its celebration of pain, suffering, evil, and death - not to mention its worship (at times cleverly disguised) of his adversary. Of course, if there is no God, it does not make any difference. However, if he EXISTS, and he clearly forbids indulging in evil practices! For all its trappings and 'fun' Halloween is condemned and should be avoided.

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