A widely celebrated, culturally acceptable holiday that on the surface appears to be harmless fun is Halloween. This annual celebration was started centuries ago by the Druids’—evil magicians and wizards who worshiped nature and denied the existence of God. They honored Samhain, king of the dead, every year on October 31st. On this day they believed Samhain called all the wicked souls that had been condemned within the last year to rise up from the dead and to live again in animal bodies or in the form of spirits, ghosts, fairies, witches and elves.
According to Druidic tradition, these souls of the dead roamed the city on Halloween night. The only way people could be free of being haunted by them was to lay out food for these spirits. If they didn’t, the spirits would cast spells on them. That’s where the phrase trick or treat comes from. Another way to ward off the spirits was with a Jack-o’-lantern. Fearful people carved an evil face on a hollowed out pumpkin and lit a candle inside it to scare away evil spirits.
This Druid belief of the evil dead rising to life on October 31st was countered by the Catholic Church’s institution of All Saints’ Day on November 1st, when they honored the Christian dead. Similar ties to acknowledge and reverence their dead led the Druids’ autumn festival and All Saint’s Day to eventually become unified. The combination of these customs became the celebration we call Halloween.
We see that Halloween is a holiday established on pagan traditions, fear and death. Modern day witches and wizards believe Halloween night to be the most suitable night of the year for magic and demonic activity. In fact it is becoming increasingly more a holiday celebrated by adults. One example of this is the zombie walk (also known as a zombie mob, zombie march, zombie shuffle, zombie monsta-mash, etc) which is generally done in October. A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. During the event participants are encouraged to remain in character as zombies and to communicate only in a manner consistent with zombie behavior. This may include grunting, groaning, and moaning calls for ‘brains’. A well-coordinated zombie walk will establish a route and an easily recognizable signal, so that other participants can plant themselves along the route in old, throw-away clothes so that when the mob shambles along it can discover and devour new victims. As the zombies surround the new victim pretending to loudly feed, concealing him or her from witnesses’ view, they tear clothes and quickly apply makeup and fake blood, to create a new zombie, who then shambles along with the ever-expanding pack to find new victims.
Some zombie walks incorporate pub crawling, during which participants visit multiple bars over the course of the walk. Zombie pub crawls are now a regular occurrence in cities all over the world. Supporters of these zombie walks proclaim that they are a noble cause as they sometimes incorporate charity work as a legitimizing component of the event, for example to raise funds for local and global issues, like world hunger. All I can say is “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
I expect the unbelieving world to participate in these ungodly activities—they don’t know any better. What I can’t understand is why the Church brings these activities into the house of God. This weekend many good Bible-believing, Spirit-filled places of worship will partake in this evil tradition. Most won’t call it Halloween—they try to disguise it by giving it a different name such as hallelujah harvest, fall festival, or fall frolic or by saying it’s an outreach to bring in the lost. They are deceived if they can’t see that wearing costumes and giving out candy under a different name is something other than Halloween.
Where is the discernment of good and evil? Don’t be fooled, children may look cute and innocent in their Halloween costumes, but whether they’re walking house to house and sweetly proclaiming the devils’ mandate of trick or treat, or collecting candy at church, the devil is right there alongside them.
I hope my writing does not offend you. Hebrews 5:14 says, “But solid food is for the mature, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.”