Is it wrong for Christians to celebrate Halloween? There seems to be many different ways that Christians approach the subject.
- Some will participate fully and say they are just having fun dressing up, using their imagination, and eating candy. What could be wrong with that? Some (like this person) would even say they are dressing up to make a statement that they do not fear death and other scary things associated with Halloween (but not that they are embracing these things), because death has lost its sting (1 Cor 15:55).
- Others participate (like these people), but won’t dress up in anything that seems to be associated with evil (like vampires) because they believe they should “not imitate what is evil” (3 John 11).
- Some (like these people) won’t participate in festivities called “Halloween” (sometimes because the history of Halloween is associated with ghosts and such things) but are happy to participate in a “Christian alternative,” like a “fall party” at their church.
- Others (like these people) think that it is wrong to have anything to do with Halloween whatsoever (including any “Christian alternative” which, they say, is just a disguised Halloween party), since the overall focus of Halloween is fear, darkness, and “evil” things like witches, ghosts, and vampires (would it really be Halloween without these things?), and since Christians are to “avoid every kind of evil” (1 Thess 5:22) rather than glorify it.
As for myself, I’m not even sure what to think! It depends on the day. But all of this seems to show that Halloween is a “disputable matter.” Other disputable matters among Christians today would probably include things like what tv shows, movies, or even sporting events (like UFC fighting) are okay to watch, if tattoos are okay, or whether we can drink alcohol.
Paul offers important advice regarding “disputable matters” in Romans 14:
- Verse 1- We can expect “disputable matters” in the church.
- Verse 6- We should recognize that the person we disagree with is honestly trying to live for God.
- Verse 22- If it is going to cause disunity, we should keep our beliefs on the matter to ourselves (and God). This isn’t to say we can’t discuss the issue, but we should not cause a ruckus over the issue.
- Verse 23- If we think it is wrong, we should not do it. After all, if we did something we honestly thought was wrong, that would be like saying we don’t care that we are doing something wrong (and that is a real heart problem).
- Most importantly, verse 3- Those who disagree with one another should not “look down on” or “condemn” the person whom they disagree with (regardless of which position they take). This is REALLY important because it is repeated in verse 4, 10, AND again in verse 13.
So, my conclusion regarding the whole issue of whether or not it is okay for Christians to celebrate Halloween is that we should “stop passing judgment on one another” regardless of what position we take. And this includes you.