Why I Do Not Celebrate Halloween

I thoroughly enjoy the changes fall brings. Falling leaves blanket the ground with an assortment of colors. The air becomes chilly and jackets and coats are brought out of storage. I love fall!



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I celebrate fall with my children using it as a time to teach about God and His beautiful creation. I do not include Halloween celebrations in my fall festivities. After an in depth study of Halloween and the origins of this holiday, I feel that participating in the rituals and routines associated with the world's practices is counter productive to how I am raising my children.

Halloween originally came from a Celtic holiday called Samhein. It was known then as “The Day of the Dead”. It was believed that the spirits of those who had died roamed freely about during that night – Oct 31. The carving of faces on pumpkins was done to keep the evil spirits from coming near the homes. Wicca, the official religion of witchcraft, regards this holiday as one of their sacred holy days.

A study in the Bible will reveal that when spirits roam the earth and are active in doing evil – it is not just an “active imagination” or a “spooky” little story – it is real and it is satanic. Halloween, at it’s roots, is a Satanic holiday.

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I feel that allowing my children to participate in this holiday will desensitize them to the evilness of Satan. I want for my kids to know that the devil's objective is not treats and candy; but rather his goal is to deceive and destroy. Even if my focus of the holiday is not on the evil of the holiday, but on the fun aspects of the time of year, I still can be sending a mixed message to my children.

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As a Christian Mom, my goal in child raising is to raise children that are set apart for God. The Bible tells us that we are to be salt and light to an evil world. That means the way I live my life should be different from the world. I feel when the world has a "satanic" based holiday - my testimony, my walk with God, my conscience, can not condone participation in that holiday.


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One of the greatest tools I have as a Christian is my testimony. How I raise my children and the things I allow my children to participate in, should give God a good name. I feel the best way for me to do that during this holiday is to refrain from celebrating all together. If I was a missionary in the heart of Africa, it would be imperative to my ministry to not participate in the rituals and customs of the African's spiritism and false religion. In choosing to participate, I would be sending a mixed message about why I was there. I believe the same can be true in America - there are certain traditions, and rituals to which our culture has become accustomed. In order to send a clear message - in order to not confuse why I am here - I must choose to not participate in certain culturally accepted American customs.

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My heart's desire is to see Christ magnified in everything. I believe that not participating in Halloween traditions and customs - is the best way to ensure that Christ is lifted up in our home. To my children - and also to the people we come in contact with everyday. May other's see Christ in me!!
May Christ be glorified – in everything.



Trust you are having a wonderful week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Jane

8 comments:

Daughter of the King said...

Jane...I heartily say AMEN to this post...Can I use it...and then link it over back to your blog several times on my blog...
Deby

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I am so glad to meet you. Thank you for the comment you left on my blog.

I agree with your comments of your post of "Why I do not celebrate Halloween." It is my belief exactly and I am glad you post the words that I did not know how to express. Thank you, connie from Texas

Jane said...

Deby - Feel free to use my post on Halloween - just link it back to mine - and that would be fine.

I am glad you liked it!

~Jane

Daughter of the King said...

Jane,
I did put this post on my blog today with a LINK back to yours,
Thank you so much...
Deby
this morning blogger was not letting me load pictures...I will try later.

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

Jane! AMEN!!!!!! I too believe that Halloween is a tool used by the devil. Our Pastor each years preaches usually on a Wednesday night about the evils and history of this wicked, pagan holiday.

I think many Christians choose not to study the history so they can "innocently" partake in the holiday. The Bible tells us in I Thessalonians "Abstain from all appearance of evil."

Everything about this holiday is dark, death, evil nothing a Christian should be.

Sorry for taking over your comment area ;)

Thanks again for this post.
~Amy (Here from Daughter of the King ~Deby's site)

Sharon said...

Jane,
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. It is so nice to *meet* you! I'm on a blogging break right now, but wanted to welcome you and tell you that I really liked how well you expressed your thoughts on Halloween. This is the same conclusion that our family came to. I am going to bookmark your site so I can return and enjoy visiting with you again! Have a wonderful day!

Maxine said...

I read this post at Deby's and just wanted to come over to commend you for making it. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I made a post as well. I did not get into my reasons for not celebrating, but wanted to give a suggestion of what we used to do while abstaining from this day. If you have a chance, please come read it. I made the post on Tuesday, the 30th.
May the Lord bless you while you seek to raise your children to the glory of God.

Tara said...

I just saw a link to your blog from another blog and I just had to comment and say that I agree 100%with your view on this. It seems that so many Christians spend so much effort defending why it is okay to participate instead of being willing to simply be set apart and different. Thanks for sharing and encouraging!
Tara