"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"
1 Peter 3:15
Halloween: Are Christians Lovers of Death?
Christopher J. E. Johnson
Published: Oct 31, 2011
Updated: Sept 23, 2017

This PDF is CLE's free gospel tract you can print out, fold and give away with candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Please read the article and the tract before using it.
Some time ago, a friend of mine handed me a bulletin published by a local church (501c3 incorporated) via its new pastor. The new pastor of this church copied some text from a tract about Halloween from the "Prayer, Faith, and Tract League," and added in a few words of his own. The introduction of this bulletin said the following:

"Some of you may not know the history behind this fall holiday and may be opposed to how our society has turned it into something ugly, mean, and scary. I think we should reclaim it for God."
-"Reverend" Steven L. Wilson, Lewis Creek Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Indiana, retrieved October, 2011, [www.lewiscreekbaptist.org]

Putting aside the fact that he is called "reverend," which is term used only in reference to the Lord God Himself, after reading this I quickly realized I needed to put the lies and brainwashing to rest. It seems that very few church buildings have any Biblical discernment about Halloween, and need to be rebuked. Most church-goers today seem satisfied with lies and excuses that help them justify things they enjoy, rather than researching and openly confessing the truth about the pagansim and witchcraft involved in their activities.

And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
-Ezekial 44:23

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
-Hebrews 5:14

The "reverend" Steven Wilson said he wanted to reclaim Halloween for God, but it is impossible to reclaim something for God if it was never part of God in the first place. No where has there ever been an organization, ceremony, or tradition that started out evil, but gradually became good over time. We need to understand that Halloween is a pagan man-made ritual, not a creation of the Lord God, and to claim that it is a "Christian" holiday is an oxy-moronic statement because it has nothing to do with true Biblical Christianity.

The aforementioned pastor's bulletin quotes from a tract entitled "Say, why don't you make this a REAL Halloween," that has a lot of false doctrine and misleading information in it:

"A long time ago, Christians decided to celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st every year."
-The Tract League, "Make This A Real Halloween," retrieved Oct 13, 2011, [http://tractleague.com/tracts/make-this-a-real-halloween/]

This statement made me laugh when I first read it because this author somehow got the idea that Christians just simultaneously decided, in complete miraculous unison, to celebrate this day out of nowhere. But then I quickly realized, this man is confusing Catholicism with Christianity (assuming that they are one and the same), and as we will soon see, the author of this tract supports Catholicism, a pagan works-based religion. Catholicism is the main culprit responsible for transfering in pagan traditions into their corrupt religion, and then church leaders foolishly have followed the traditions of the Catholic church.

"It [All Saints Day] was a special day to help those who love Jesus remember the saints (people who love Jesus so much, they gave their lives to help others.)"
-The Tract League, "Make This A Real Halloween," retrieved Oct 13, 2011, [http://tractleague.com/tracts/make-this-a-real-halloween/]

The saints and martyrs that author is referring to are the same "saints/martyrs" refered to by the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). The Catholic "saints" are only a small handful of people that have been personally selected by the papacy to hold that title. This DOES NOT include the true saints/martyrs who died at the hands of the RCC over the past 1700 years (the ones that helped preserve the true Word of God), especially during the Dark Ages (suppression of knowledge by the Catholic church) and the Inquisition (persecution of Christians who would not bow to the pope). This corrupt Catholic holiday was not in honor of "those who love Jesus," but rather, those who gave their life for the wicked, pagan "Roman Holy See" (Sancta Sedes - "Holy Chair").
(See 'martyr', Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent, retrieved Oct 13, 2011, [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09736b.htm]; Martyrs defined by the Roman Catholic Church are only those that submit themselves to the false authority of the pope.)

"All Saints' and All Souls' Days are celebrated throughout the Roman Catholic world, including Mexico. These religious holy days have their roots in Catholic masses that originated as early as the 11th century to honor all of the saints and all of the souls in purgatory. By the early 16th century, Roman Catholics in Spain and other parts of Europe had established a tradition of observing All Saints' and All Souls' Days by visiting cemeteries, presenting offerings of flowers, candles, and food to deceased relatives; and soliciting or begging in ritualized form."
-Clifton D. Bryant, Handbook of Death and Dying, SAGE, 2003, p. 78, ISBN: 9780761925149

There are new books coming out every year that try to claim Halloween is "Christian," but this is coming from authors who believe and teach a lie that Catholicism and Christianity are one and the same. Notice that the entire purpose was to honor people in purgatory, which is a money-making farse coming out of Rome.
(Read "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism - Purgatory, The Magic Safety Net" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

"The original celebration of All Saints' Day is attributed to Pope Boniface IV, who dedicated the Roman temple, the Pantheon, consecrated as the Church of the Blessed Virgin [Babylonian goddess] and all Martyrs [Catholic pagans]... This day was to honor those Christians [i.e. Catholics] who had been murdered for their beliefs without official recognition for their dedication to the faith."
-Silver RavenWolf, Halloween: Customs, Recipes, Spells, Vol. 1, Llewellyn Worldwide, 1999, ISBN: 9781567187199

Here, we also have the traditions purposely coinciding with the Roman Catholic Church merging itself with paganism, as Rome has always done, by fusing with the Pantheon temple:
"The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal it was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125."
-Rome.info [Italian Travel Guide], "Roman Pantheon," retrieved Sept 12, 2015, [rome.info/pantheon]

The Pantheon is a corrupt building littered with false gods, and the Roman Catholic Church, the essencse of Rome, did what it does best, bringing all those pagan idols into itself, so that all will serve under Rome. This has always been the ultimate goal of Rome, and the Roman Catholic Church wants all to worship under its footstool still today.

"November 1st was originally the Celtic pagan Festival of the Harvest. In order to extinguish the lingering pagan influence in Europe, Pope Boniface IV instigated All Saints Day or All Hallows Day, the day to honor the saints. Hence, the day before All Saints Day became Halloween (the eve before All Hallows Day). November 2nd was the Samhain, the end of summer, to the pagan Celts. Once again, in order to wipe out pagan practices, St. Odilo of Cluny (d. 1048) re-classified Samhaim to All Souls Day, when Christians [i.e. Catholics] were encouraged to pray for their dead ancestores still in purgatory. It was originally the day pagans believed their ancestors returned once a year."
-Imma Penn, Dogma Evolution & Papal Fallacies, AuthorHouse, 2007, p. 242, ISBN: 9781452059945
This book talks about the Catholic church "extinguishing pagan influence," but in reality, it only replaced the many forms of paganism with a singular form (kind of like a giant blob, sucking in all idolatry in its path). That's why there are so many traditions of idolatry in the Catholic Church today, and why their altered "ten commandments" removes the commandment against idols.
(Read "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism - Idolatry & Mary" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
The Catholic Pope initiated All Saints Day, not for honoring saints, but for practicing the useless and unbiblical praying-for-the-dead ritual Catholics still perform today. The prayers for the dead of All Saints Day was to do works to get these dead saints' souls out of "purgatory," the imaginary safety net Catholics pay a lot of money to invest in their hope it will keep them out of hell.
(Read "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism - Purgatory" here at creationliberty.com for more details)
"The Feast of All Souls originated in the 7th century from monks who decided to offer the Mass on the day after Pentecost for their deceased community members. Later, in the late 10th century, the monks of Cluny, France decided to move their Mass for the dead to November 2. The practice spread and in 13th century Rome declared November 2 as the Feast of Souls that all in the Communion of the Saints might be celebrated. We Filipinos call this feast Undas to remember and pray for the souls of our dead family members suffering in purgatory.
For prayers for the dead we may offer six Our Fathers, Hail Mary's and Glory Be's for the intentions of the Pope in a church, and thereby, receive a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory."

-Et Al Ines, People's Journey with God, Rex Bookstore Inc, 2007, p. 231, ISBN: 9789712347931

It seems the authors of the Halloween tract conveniently forgot to add in the parts about prayers for the dead and purgatory. As we covered in "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism," indulgences are supposed to be used a bonus points that will lessen your time in purgatory, where you must suffer the full penalty for all your sins. (Indulgences are an anti-biblical practice that denounces the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.) The sad part is that the Church of Jesus Christ in America has adopted Rome's pagan All Souls traditions as part of their standard operating procedure without any remorse of conscience that it is evil.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
-1 Timothy 4:1-2

"The evening before this very important day was called hallowed or holy evening. People were asked to use this time to get ready to remember the saints who loved Jesus.
During this hallowed evening (Hallowe'en), the poor could go to the homes of the Christians and ask for food, who would bake some special cakes and put a candle in the window to welcome the poor. Children could watch by the window - waiting for a poor family to come.
But some people didn't like the Christians. They began dressing up like witches, devils, and ghosts and knocking on the doors of those who followed Jesus and frightening the children. It was a cruel thing to do - taking a holy evening and turning it into something evil.

-The Tract League, "Make This A Real Halloween," retrieved Oct 13, 2011, [http://tractleague.com/tracts/make-this-a-real-halloween/]

The author(s) of this document are either completely 100% ignorant of the origins of Halloween and therefore shouldn't be writing about it, or they are lying to people. The connection between Halloween and All Saints Day (All Souls Day) was brought about by Roman Catholicism, carrying on the tradition of the Roman Empire to bring into unison all pagan religions. Halloween was never a holy evening; it was evil from the beginning, and it is evil still today.

"By 350 B.C.E., the Celts, an ancient people of western and central Europe, had developed a priestly class--the Druids. Like the shamans, Druids knew about the nonphysical world. But the Druids had refined their knowledge. They were Druid healers and midwives, and specialists in ritual, weather, law, and astrology. Druids were even said to be able to see into the future. Many people trace the origins of Wicca back to the Druids and their magickal knowledge. Unfortunately, as the Roman Empire grew, the number of Druids dwindled."
-D. Zimmermann & K.A. Gleason, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, Penguin, 2006, p. 17, ISBN: 9781592575336

As we will find out later, the reason the number of Druids dwindled was because the Roman Empire outlawed the human sacrifices the Celtic Druids were performing on a regular basis. Wiccan and Witches' celebrations are called 'sabbats', and are based on the movement/postion of the sun in the sky (which is why astrology is a common practice among them) -- Halloween is one of many pagan sabbats.

sabbat (n): a midnight meeting of witches to practice witchcraft and sorcery; in the Middle Ages it was supposed to be a demonic orgy
(See 'sabbat', Princeton University, WordNet Lexical Database for English, retrieved Sept 4, 2013, [http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=sabbat])

(Samhain is pronounced sao-win.)

"Halloween/Samhain: This is a celebration to honour the dead. As the dying sun passes into the nether world, Samhain is said to be the time of the year when the thin veil between the everyday world and the afterlife is most transparent, allowing Wiccans to communicate more readiy with the spirits of the departed. In mythic terms, Samhain is the season during which the dying God sleeps in the underworld awaiting rebirth. At the same time the seed of new life gestates within the womb of the Great Mother, who in this cycle is regarded as the Queen of Darkness. The Farrars write that Samhain 'was on the one hand a time of propitiation, divination and communion with the dead, and on the other, an uninhibited feast of eating, drinking and the defiant affirmation of life and fertility in the very face of the closing dark'."
-Murphy Pizza & James R. Lewis, Handbook of Contemporary Paganism, Vol. 2, BRILL, 2009, p. 65, ISBN: 9789004163737

The pagan holidays, like Halloween, are based on solar cycles, which links back to worship of the sun. On top of sun worship, dedicated pagans would/will pratice witchcraft séances to communicate with the dead, perform divination, and promote gluttony and drunkeness.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
-Deuteronomy 18:10

And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
-2 Kings 17:17

"Hallows Eve (October 31) - This is the new year, the time when the veil between this world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. It marks the onset of a darker, more introspective time of year. The theme of Hallows Eve is honoring darkness, memory of the dead, communication with the spirit world, and purification for the future."
-Temple of the Goddess, "Sabbats: The Holy Days of the Wheel of the Year," 2005, retrieved Sept 4, 2013, [http://www.templeofthegoddess.org/Events/sabbat.htm]

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
-1 Thessalonians 5:5-6

Ouija Boards

One of the common symbols of communicating with the dead and Halloween tradition in America today is the Ouija Board. In fact, I remember this commercial for them when I was a child:

These types of devices are so dangerous in the pagan world, that I have been told some witches will not even go near ouija boards because they know what kind of bad stuff can happen messing around with them.

"Grady Louis McMurty (1918-1985) was the previous world leader of Aleister Crowley's infamous fraternity known as Ordo Templi Orientis. He had been one of Crowley's students since the early '40s and had met the Great Beast [a common name for the Satanist Crowley] numerous times while serving as a young Army officer during World War II. I met Grady in 1977, and he spent time at my house in Connecticut on several occasions. During one of our many talks on magick, the conversation drifted into spiritism and ghost-hunting... however, one topic made Grady extremely serious. When I mentioned the Ouija board to ask his opinion on its use, without hesitation he stressed strongly that it was his and Crowley's belief that it was not a toy to be played with lightly, and that the average person walks on dangerous ground when using the board."
-J. Edward Cornelius, Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board, Feral House, 2005, p. 3, ISBN: 9781932595109

Since the technology for digital video uploads has become so commonplace in our society, many videos have been posted of frightening demonic activity (click on the link at your own discretion; I don't recommend it) and strange events taking place from those who use ouija boards, yet companies will advertise them like it's just some cutesy thing to do for fun during the Halloween season.

"This is not to say that the Ouija board cannot create an open door to the spirit world through which a malevolent earthbound spirit or other uninvited entity can come. It very well can,"
-Gerina Dunwich, A Witch's Guide to Ghosts and the Supernatural, Career Press, 2002, p.109, ISBN: 9781564146168

There are many people out there who say, "Oh, I don't believe in all that," or the typical Halloween justification: "It's not real, it's just for fun." Disbelief does not protect one from demonic activity; whether Christian, atheist, or any other religious position, it doesn't stop demons from working through the boards.

"Even non-believers who have attempted experiments have had strange if not dangerous things happen to them. Like the Ouija board, it doesn't matter whether you believe in the system or not; it simply works."
-J. Edward Cornelius, Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board, Feral House, 2005, p. 3-4, ISBN: 9781932595109

When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
-Deuteronomy 18:9-12

If you have one of these things in your home,
you ought to burn it immediately.

"[Celtics] believed that all manner of nonhuman beings could slip through the boundary into this world on the evening. The spirits of one's own departed ancestors... or just perhaps hellish beings (none of whose intentions toward the living could be trusted) might appear on Samhain. All the customs of this night were directed toward understanding and propitiating these spirits by divining their wills, by giving them what they wanted,"
-James R. Lewis, Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia of Wiccan and Neopagan Traditions, ABC-CLIO, 1999, p. 255, ISBN: 9781576071342

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
-Leviticus 19:31

The commonplace practices of the Halloween celebration are founded in the sorcery (witchcraft/wizardry) of Samhain, and is one of the highest pagan holidays in existance. What Christians typically don't consider is that the time of year Halloween is celebrated is done for a specific reason; i.e. it is no coincidence for the time of this celebration because witches and druids originally discovered greater power in divination and communing with the dead at this particular time of the season, and the devils give cultists more power and connection to demons on this specific holiday.

Jack-o-lanterns, for example, are one of the most common symbols of Halloween, but should Christians automatically participate in the carving and lighting of pumpkins without knowing what it stands for?
"The seemingly harmless lighted pumpkin face or 'Jack-O-Lantern' is an ancient symbol of a damned soul. Jack-O-Lanterns were named for a man called Jack who could not enter heaven or hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until Judgment Day. Fearful of these 'spooks,' folks began hollowing out turnips and pumpkins and placing lighted candles inside to scare evil spirits from their house."
-Lora T. Coleman, Let Integrity and Uprightness Preserve Me, AuthorHouse, 2006, p. 46, ISBN: 9781463449377

"Jack-o'-lantern is known by various names, including will-o'-the-wisp and corpse light (England); fairy light and fox fire (Ireland). According to most legends, the jack-o'-lantern is a wandering soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell."
-Rosemary Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca, Infobase Publishing, 2008, p. 183, ISBN: 9781438126845

"Prior to the acquisition of the pumpkin from the Americas, rutabagas were hallowed out and carved with faces to make lanterns for Halloween. Often called 'jack o'lanterns', or 'tumshie lanterns' they were ancient symbol of a damned soul."
-M. M. Drymon, Scotch Irish Foodways in America: Recipes from History, Wyth Avenue Press, 2009, p. 57, ISBN: 9781449588427

After learning that the carved pumpkin is a symbol (idol) for a damned soul, I cannot find any reason in Scripture why a Christian should be involved in carving pumpkins for Halloween. Modern American churches not only get involved in decorating their buildings with these carved jack-o-lanterns, but openly sell them for that purpose to make a profit!

Abstain from all appearance of evil.
-1 Thessalonians 5:22

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
-1 John 5:21

These church-goers and their elders have blinded themselves
to paganism and idols, and have no discernment.

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
-Hebrews 5:14

There's certainly nothing wrong with someone growing pumpkins and selling them, because some people use them for cooking, but the churches openly sell these pumpkins for the purpose of turning a profit by encouranging people to create idols of damned souls. Not only jack-o-lanterns, but also bonfires, black cats, and costumes are all part of the original witchcraft, and still remain traditional to this day among most American church buildings.

"A festival for the dead was celebrated on Samhain Eve, when the souls of the departed were thought to walk among the living, perhaps even possessing the body of an animal (particularly a black cat, which remains an enduring symbol). Burial mounds were opened to release the deceased ancestors, and roaring bonfires were ignited on the hillsides to guide the wondering souls toward home for the winter. People dressed in scary costumes to keep evil spirits from recognizing them and trying to possess their bodies."
-Jennifer T. Thompson, The Joy of Family Traditions, Random House LLC, 2008, p. 146-147, ISBN: 9781587611148

So we have demons possessing people and animals, and pagans were dressing up in costumes to hide their identities from these demonic spirits to keep themselves from being possessed, while digging up graves to release their dead ancestors' spirits from bondage. I'm not saying people go to hell because they dress up for Halloween, but I don't understand how any born-again Christian, after gaining the knowledge of these pagan traditions, could continue participating in Halloween because there is no Biblical justification for it.

Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
-Jeremiah 10:2

Furthermore, after the bonfire was extinguished:
"Once the last spark of the ritual bonfire became extinguished, people would run about shouting, 'The cropped black sow, seize the hindmost.' What seems to be an incomprehensible statement in modern English makes some sense when one understands both the older forms of the language as well as the fact that the sow is the totem animal of Cerridwen, a Celtic crone-goddess who presides over the rites of Samhain. Essentially, the statement was one of warning, telling the folk to run and hide before the crone, the death figure, finds them.
-Timothy Roderick, Wicca: A Year and a Day - 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005, p. 53-54, ISBN: 9780738706214; Roderick is a psychotherapist in southern California and an initiate in Traditional Wicca.

Why would any Christian think that keeping the traditions of these wicked people would be pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ? The only way I can make sense of it is either by ignorance and/or false converts that have entered into the church unawares.
(Read "Can You Lose Your Salvation?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

"[T]he Celtics believed that spirits of dead people would return to possess living people for one night (October 31st)... Those who did not wish to be possessed by evil spirits would dress up as ghouls and demons to keep the evil spirits away."
-Dottie P. Smith, You Can Do It, WestBow Press, 2011, p. 307, ISBN: 9781449709662

Why would the evil spirits supposedly pass over those who were dressed up? According to the pagan druids, the demons just wanted to possess humans and animals, so if you were dressed up as someone already dead, or as a demon itself, then the demons would go to someone else who looked like a human.

Wicca spell books and guides tell us even more detail into what the purpose of dressing up really means:
"Although some superstitions are rooted in truth, many are simply misrepresentations of witches and what they do. Halloween is a good example. Pointy hats, costumes, and black cats--the symbols of this holiday--are misinterpreted by holidy revelers. Pointed hats, for instance, actually represent a cone of power and wisdom flowing from a higher source into the mind of the witch or wizard. Black cats aren't harbingers of bad luck; they have long been the faithful companions and familiars of witches. Donning a costume on Halloween (or Samhain, in witch-speak) serves as a visual affirmation to show what you hope to become in the next year--sort of a New Year's resolution, for Halloween is the witch's New Year's Eve."
-Skye Alexander, The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Rituals, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Everyday Magick, Adams Media, 2008, p. 15, ISBN: 9781440524202

Costumes, and their function in witchcraft, is described in more general detail by this author, who is a third-degree wiccan high priestess:
"A ritual is more than words on paper, and it incorporates more than the basic Wiccan tool set... makeup, costume, props, lighting... The use of these elements in a ritual can equally amplify certain moods, energies, and qualities, even when you are the only one present... Costume is a visual element, but it also possesses certain associations for the person wearing it... Our outward appearance can reflect our inner mood, and it can influence our emotional and mental state as well... Costume appeals to the inner child in all of us who loved to play dress-up. And wearing appropriate costumes allows us to communicate through the use of color, symbol, and archetype. Costume can also reinforce the theme of a ritual, or support the cultural connections a ritual might have."
-Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Solitary Wicca for Life: Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own, Adams Media, 2005, p. 84, ISBN: 9781440518584;

In Wicca, it doesn't matter if you intended a representation of your costume selection, it still means something very specific to the demonic spirits of the ritual of which you are participating. We need to be more careful about getting ourselves involved in witchcraft.

Of course, the Christian excuse is that "We were just having fun. We're not participating in witchcraft." If you're not participating in witchcraft, then why do you (and your church) do this on (or around) Halloween every year? It's not just me, but witches themselves are even trying to explain to the Christian that this is all part of pagan tradition founded in witchcraft, divination, and familiar spirits. You may just play with a ouija board for fun, but it still invites seducing, demonic spirits into your life and your home, and likewise, you may just dress-up for fun, but the Halloween costumes can still invite seducing, demonic spirits in your life and home.

"The word ritual describes the order or form of a religious ceremony or any detailed procedure regularly followed. A ritual is a ceremonial set of actions usually repeated in the same way over time to produce a desired effect--union with the divine or the state of consciousness necessary to perform magick."
-D. Zimmermann & K.A. Gleason, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, Penguin, 2006, p. 17, ISBN: 9781592575336

We may think what we do is acceptable to God, but without proper knowledge of what we are doing, and why we are doing it, we can practice abominations before God, unknowingly bringing evil into our homes and churches. As a Christian, it doesn't matter what YOU intend for participating in heathen rituals because it isn't about you, it's about our Lord Jesus Christ. You may have the best of intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
-Proverbs 14:12

"Nearly all Halloween-related activities (such as trick-or-treating and bobbing for apples) are Pagan in origin."
-Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Complete Guide to the Magickal World, Citidel Press, 1997, p. 112, ISBN: 9780806519302

"Trick or Treating" is one of the ancient rituals of the druids. Though many Christians think it is harmless
fun, everything about Halloween was not just added by someone who thought it would be a fun idea, it was added as a ritual by a praciticing witch/druid for a particular purpose, and keeping those rituals pays homage to gods (demonic entities) it is directed towards.

"Rang a neighbor's doorbell while dressed in a costume and greeted your neighbor with the words 'trick or treat'?... So you have participated in rituals!"
-D. Zimmermann & K.A. Gleason, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, Penguin, 2006, p. 17, ISBN: 9781592575336

Something I found fascinating during my investigation into the Wiccan origins of Halloween is that Wiccan authors were always forthcoming with the "treat" part, but never would mention the trick. For example, this neo-pagan author only mentions the treat:
"The trick-or-treat costumes represented the dead returning, and the treats given them were peace offerings."
-Raven Grimassi, Crafting Wiccan Traditions: Creation a Foundation for Your Spiritual Beliefs & Practices, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2012, p. 6, ISBN: 9780738717869; Grimassi is a Neo-Pagan, award-winning author and a founder of Crossroads Fellowship, which is a training school for occult mysticism.

As with all pagan religions, each convert wants to build up their religion to make it seem wonderful so more people will convert to it. (Biblical Christianity actually does the opposite, by breaking people down to being guilty of sinning against the commandments of God.) The trick they don't want to mention are the animal and human sacrifices that were originally involved in the activity.

"At Samhain... the world of the gods was believed to be made visible to mankind, and the gods played many tricks on their mortal worshipers; it was a time fraught with danger, charged with fear, and full of supernatural episodes. Sacrifices and propitiations of every kind were thought to be vital, for without them the Celts believed they could not prevail over the perils of the season or counteract the activities of the deities."
-The New Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 10, 1998, p. 376

"On the evening of the festival, the Druids, who were the priests and teachers of the Celts, ordered the people to put out their hearth fires. The Druids built a huge new year's bonfire of oak branches, which they considered sacred. They burned animals, crops, and possibly even human beings as sacrifices. Then each family relit its hearth fire from the new year's fire. During the celebration, people sometimes wore costumes made of animal heads and skins. They told fortunes about the coming year by examining the remains of the animals that had been sacrificed."
-The World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 9, 1992, p. 25, ISBN: 9780716600923

I have received letters from some pagans who are extremely upset that I would say that druids made human sacrifices, but I would encourage them to research this deeper and learn the truth about the origins of their Samhain celebration.

"The following is the account given by Dr. Borlase of these horrid rites of the Druids: 'misletoe, two white bulls; but especially beasts taken from their enemies in war; however, their more solemn sacrifices consisted of human victims, and it cannot be dissembled, that the Druids were extremely lavish of human blood. Not only criminals, captives, and strangers, were slain at their sacrifices, but their very disciples were put to death without mercy,'"
-The Celtic Druids, Complutense University of Madrid, 1829, p. 295

For example, the Lindow Man is a corpose that was discovered in Northwest England and was estimated to have died about 2,000 years ago, during the time where druids were still actively practicing their sacrifices.

"'You've got a rope tightened round his neck, and at the moment where the neck was constricted, the throat was cut, which would cause an enormous fountain of blood to rise up,' said archaeologist Miranda Aldhouse-Green, an archaeologist at Cardiff University in Wales and an expert on the Druids. Another clue lay inside the body's well-preserved gut: pollen grains from mistletoe, a plant that was sacred to the Druids. Lindow Man's death dated to around A.D. 60, when the Romans launched a new offensive in the island of Great Britain, currently part of the United Kingdom. He may have been sacrificed to persuade the Celtic gods to halt the Roman advance, Aldhouse-Green said. 'Something had to be done to stop them in their tracks,' she said in the documentary. 'And what better way than sacrificing a high-status nobleman?'"
-National Geographic, The Celtic Realm, "Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism?" Oct 28, 2010, retrieved Sept 14, 2013, [http://news.nationalgeographic.com]

The witches in Wicca are very careful not to talk about the secret sacrifices, and since the druids did not write things down in their culture, it has been so difficult to connect the Celtic druids to the murders. Human sacrifices still take place to this day in such demonic religions. Although most people mildly involved in witchcraft today do not participate in such practices, high level occultists still require human sacrifice.

Julius Caesar wrote of this druidic tradition when it was discovered by the invading Roman armies:
"The nation of all the Gauls [Northern Germany, like the Celts] is extremely devoted to superstitious rites; and on that account they who are troubled with unusually severe diseases and they who are engaged in battles and dangers, either sacrifice men as victims, or vow that they will sacrifice them, and employ the Druids as the performers of those sacrifices;
because they think that unless the life of a man be offered for the life of a man, the mind of the immortal gods cannot be rendered propitious, and they have sacrifices of that kind ordained for national purposes."
-Julius Caesar, First Six Books of Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War, Farquhar & Albrecht, 1896, p. 202-203

If You Are a Witch...

There are a large number of websites and books out there from covens who try to convince the world that Druidic sacrifice is false. Many do this by claiming that there was a propaganda conspiracy in Rome against the Druids. Not only is this comical because Rome was adopting pagan religions of all kinds to put under it's corporate umbrella, but also because the documented evidence of Druidic sacrifice predates alleged propagandists.

"[S]ome would convince us that the testimonies of Druidic sacrifice were but part of a Roman propaganda campaign in the period after the conquest of Gaul, a campaign aimed at reducing the Druids' role as a center of resistance to Roman rule. Neither the one nor the other of these attempts can be sustained in the face of the evidence. For although the Roman propagandists certainly exploited the Druids' connection to sacrifice, they relied on Greek sources such as Posidonius's ethnography of the Celts and Sopater's account of them, both of which long predate any propagandistic motive, and unflinchingly recount rather grisly Druidic rituals."
-Bruce Lincoln, Death, War, and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology & Practice, University of Chicago Press, 1991, p. 176, ISBN: 9780226482002; Lincoln is a professor of religious studies at University of Minnesota.

The following is a quote from a practicing druid who tries to soften the sacrificial part of his religion, but admits to it nonetheless. He adds this section about sacrifices when trying to summon up/commune with the dead in divination:
"Sacrifice -- in modern terms it is not necessary to make a sacrificial killing, however that does not mean that it might not be appropriate to slaughter a chicken (humanely I might add) as a blood sacrifice if this is in keeping with your moral values and social circle. For most people it is sufficient to make a symbolic sacrifice, perhaps by casting objects or foodstuffs into the fire -- the most important thing is the making of an offering that is meaningful, sincere and encapsulates our intentions."
-Luke Eastwood, The Druid's Primer, John Hunt Publishing, 2012, p. 141-142, ISBN: 9781846947643; Eastwood is a high-level druid that runs his own grove in Ireland and has authored several publications for pagan magazines.

Even Stonehenge, the well-known Celtic site that was designed for monitoring positions of the sun for their pagan holidays, has been excavated and found to contain more than 50,000 cremated bone fragments. Though modern archaeologists are now just claiming it was a burial ground, most are unwilling to make the connection that this is a key location where druidic sacrifices were made, human bodies being set on the fire (wicker man) and their bones being used in divination.
(See Leon Watson, "Was Stonehenge an Ancient Burial Ground?" Mail Online: Science & Tech, Mar 9, 2013, retrieved Sep 14, 2013, [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/])
The 1973 movie The Wicker Man (and it's 2006 remake) is based on real wicker man cages. The cages were built big enough to put humans inside so they could not escape, and then burn them alive. In ancient druidic culture, if the witches knocked on your door and demanded a sacrifice, and you did not provide one, the trick was that they would cast evil spells on your home.
Even the practice of 'bobbing for apples' is a heathen tradition birthed from witchcraft:

"Apple-bobbing is a favourite game at Hallowe'en parties. Although ruled by Venus, the apple is associated with the Crone and with Underworld knowledge and wisdom. Cut an apple crossways and you will see a star shape at the centre -- the five-point star shape is sacred to the Goddess. The apple must be pulled out of the water with your teeth. The animal instinct is foremost, human hands must
not be used, and if you end up with your head under water that could mean the waters of the unconscious overwhelming a mind that has become too sophisticated."
-Teresa Moorey, Wicca, Druidry and Shamanism: Flash, Hachette UK, 2011, ISBN: 9781444141313; Moorey is an astrologist who runs a practice as a 'magical therapist.'

"The old tradition of bobbing for apples at Halloween is rooted in the mysteries of this ancient seasonal celebration. The apple has long been associated with the faery realm, and in ancient legend it served as food for those who journeyed into the Otherworld. Since legend held that eathing any food in the faery realm prohibited anyone from leaving, the taking of apples into the faery realm allowed one to eat and still return. Water was intimately connected to the Otherworld/Underworld, and sacred lakes and wells were often considered to be entraces into the hidden realms. In this view, bobbing for apples symbolizes the initiatory journey into the Otherworld/Underworld and the ability to return again through eating the sacred fruit."
-Raven Grimassi, Crafting Wiccan Traditions: Creating a Foundation for Your Spiritual Beliefs & Practices, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2012, p. 95, ISBN: 9780738717869; Grimassi is a Neo-Pagan, award-winning author and a founder of Crossroads Fellowship, which is a training school for occult mysticism.

I read a church website recently that said Christians shouldn't judge those who don't have any convictions about Halloween. It was written by another preacher who has no understanding of Matthew 7, that the Bible teaches us that we are to judge in righteous Biblical judgment without hypocrisy.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
-1 Corinthians 2:14-15

The only way I can see a Christian having no convictions about Halloween is if they do not study their Bibles, and choose to remain ignorant of the facts to such a degree that their consciences become seared. (i.e. If the pastor was doing his job, convictions about Halloween would be commonplace among believers.)

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
-1 Timothy 4:2

And I intend to make sure this article can be accessed by pastors as a rebuke to stop leading their churches into wicked traditions.

This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
-Titus 1:13

"The origin of Halloween is the Celtic festival of Samhain, lord of death and evil spirits. Long before Christ (over 2,000 years ago), Druids in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and other Celtic countries observed the end of summer by making sacrifices to Samhain. The Celts considered Novembert 1 as "the day of death"... They believed that Muck Olla, their sun god, was losing strength and Samhain, lord of death, was overpowering him.
-Alice & Eddie Smith, Spiritual Housecleaning: Protect Your Home and Family from Spiritual Pollution, Gospel Light Publications, 2011, p. 79, ISBN: 9780830753932

I have, surprisingly, received some nasty letters from some pagans that have gotten upset that I talk about Samhain being a demon, but they need to read some more documentation from their own pagan sources. Samhain has been referred to as "the lord of the dead," by certain circles and according to some wicca sources, he is also called the Lord of the Underworld. I ask born-again Christians: Who is the lord of the underworld? That is why I, and along with other Christians who have done proper research into this subject, say that the Celts and pagans are Satan-worshipers, giving praise and sacrifice to the Devil himself, even if they don't realize it.

"Witches traditionally associate the feast of Samhain with two specific aspects of deity: the crone (or the hag) and the Lord of Death, who is also the Lord of the Underworld. The crone and the Lord of Death represent the wisdom that comes with age and the mysteries of passage through to the Summerland, the Witches' mythic place of rest and regeneration after death."
-Timothy Roderick, Wicca: A Year and a Day - 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005, p. 54, ISBN: 9780738706214; Roderick is a psychotherapist in southern California and an initiate in Traditional Wicca.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
-Hebrews 2:14-15

There is some documentation from pagan books that someone falsely made up Samhain to be a deity in the 18th century, but other pagans openly acknowledge the demonic label as authentic for their beliefs. In a Samhain ritual, this book says to repeat a ritualistic magic-word spell towards this deity, calling out for, "Lord Hades of death and the dead" so obviously, even if pagans do not call this lord of the dead by the name of "Samhain," they call their demonic god by another name. One way or another, they have a false pagan god of death, and according to the Bible, this ultimately would be Satan himself.
(See Elizabeth A. Mcalister, The American Book of Wicca, Xilbris Corporation, 2012, p. 231, ISBN: 9781469134376)

"Samhain is the Irish Gaelic name for the month of November... It is sacred to the Goddess in Her crone aspect, and to the Horned God as Lord of Death... This is a propitious time to communicate with anyone who has passed on, and to perform divination through scrying, tarot, I Ching, pryomancy, and the like."
-Amber K., Coven Craft: Witchcraft for Three or More, Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998, p. 166, ISBN: 9781567180183; Amber K is a third-degree priestess of Wicca and teacher of witchcraft, and has headed up multiple Wiccan/Pagan organizations in the U.S.

And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
-2 Kings 17:17

I can already hear the Christian's excuses: "But we just do it for fun, we don't worship death." But if you are a Christian celebrating Halloween, are you making decisions based on how you feel? Or are you making decisions on what pleases the Lord Jesus Christ? There is plenty of Scripture that tells us that things associated with Halloween anger the Lord. If Christians will be honest, they perform the traditions of Halloween because they get a good feeling from it. Remember that pagans also makes decisions based on how they feel, and this wicca book encourages witches to write out their feelings about Samhain/Halloween and death:
"Practice: Exploring Samhain -- Take out some paper and journal about your past memories of Halloween. How does it feel to celebrate death? Is death something to celebrate? Why or why not? How does death touch your life in this moment? How did it feel to think about death today? From where do your reactions about death come?"
-Timothy Roderick, Wicca: A Year and a Day - 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2005, p. 54, ISBN: 9780738706214

Halloween is built from a religion that loves death!

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate me love death.
-Proverbs 8:36

The Catholic church has absorbed this death-obsessed religion into their church, but hide it under the deceitful name of "All Saints' Day." Catholics, to this day, go out to their graveyards to light candles and pray over the dead. Nothing about this is Biblical. I cannot see how the Apostles in Acts would ever spend days in a cemetary praying over graves when Jesus Christ told them that those who waste all their time over the dead, are dead in spirit themselves.

But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
-Matthew 8:22

Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
-Luke 9:60

"The Roman Church attempted to change the meaning of the event by renaming it 'All Saints Day', to recognize otherwise unknown Christian martyrs and heroes. The connection with death and rebirth lingers on, however, in the children's activities of Halloween. Among Hispanic Catholics, Dia de los Muertos (the 'Day of the Dead') on November 2 continues to be very popular."
-Amber K., Coven Craft: Witchcraft for Three or More, Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998, p. 166, ISBN: 9781567180183; Amber K is a third-degree priestess of Wicca and teacher of witchcraft, and has headed up multiple Wiccan/Pagan organizations in the U.S.

(Picture of people celebrating the dead on All Souls' Day (Day of the Dead), from DDG World, ddgworld.com, retrieved Oct 15, 2011, [http://www.ddgworld.com/General_info/Area_Guides/Costa_Dorada/&guide_type=events])

It's not all cutsy fun when children learn the way of the heathen all their life; dressing up as the undead and celebrating demonic horrors. Eventually, they begin to emerse themselves in witchcraft and the occult, and bad things will eventually come out of it.

"Meredith Kercher was killed when the three suspects plotted a drug-fuelled orgy - inspired by Halloween, Marilyn Manson and Japanese comics, a prosecutor claimed... There was a sect-like aspect with cultural connections to Halloween and All Saints Day playing a part. The killing actually happened the next day. Japanese comics found in Raffaele Sollecito's possession had pictures of murdered female vampires which were eerily similar to the scene of the crime."
-Mirror News, "Meredith Kercher's Halloween Orgy Death," Oct 26, 2008, retrieved Sept 7, 2013, [http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/meredith-kerchers-halloween-orgy-death-351940]

Countless other reports have come in about human sacrifices being performed by cultists on and around Halloween night, as well as documented cases where children are drugged and/or killed via candy. It is common for children and teenagers to go missing on Halloween night, and though I have been unable to get proper statstics for it, some folks have estimated that about 10% of all missing persons reports during the year happen on (or after) Halloween night, which explains why organizations like the Army National Guard have spent resources setting up booths the weekend before Halloween, offering free fingerprinting of children.
(See Jack Santino, Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, University of Tennessee Press, 1994, p. 28-32, ISBN: 9780870498138)

The Army National Guard says:
"Halloween is a dangerous time of year for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young pedestrian deaths were four times higher Halloween evening than any other night of the year... Halloween consistently ranks as one of the most deadly days of the year for pedestrians... Every year, kidnappers take advantage of Halloween to do the unthinkable."
-Major Sean Kelleher, "Fright Night," Knowledge: Official Safety Magazine of the U.S. Army, retrieved Sept 12, 2015, [jbmhh.army.mil/inc/Fright_Night.pdf]

News outlets have reported similar statistics:
"The chart below displays the 4-year aggregate number of serious violent offenses that occurred in Boston between the hours of 6:00 pm and midnight. As shown, Halloween night, with its make-believe ghosts but very real assailants, is the worst evening of the year for violent crime victimization."
-James A. Fox, "Halloween Crime Spike," boston.com, Oct 29, 2011, retrieved Oct 4, 2014, [www.boston.com/community/blogs/crime_punishment/2011/10/the_halloween_crime_spike.html]

I'm not saying bad things will happen to everyone on Halloween, but just because we don't always see everything that goes on during this pagan holiday, doesn't mean things like this don't happen. Halloween has been known to be a night that many rapes, murders, and abductions have happened, which is why so many warnings go out on the news to be vigilant. Behind the scenes, there are also many parties where people get drunk, do drugs, fornication (including group orgies), and yet, we have churches yoking themselves up with the same holiday, setting a bad worldly example that does not preach the Gospel.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
-2 Corinthians 6:14-17

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak... And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
-1 Corinthians 8:9-12

How many more pagan sources do we need to quote? How many more Scriptures do we need to look up? Halloween is obviously soaked in demonic paganism, but just as the witch I quoted early said, "Costume appeals to the inner child in all of us who loved to play dress-up," almost everything about Halloween is carried on by Christians who get some sort of feeling they desire, an addiction of excitement about one thing or another, whether it is to be scared out of their minds or watch their children dress up in cute outfits, all of it is pagan in origin, justified by Christians selfishly motivated by their feelings of tradition, and it does nothing to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Finally, the "Christian" tract ends like this:
"For me, this is a special night because it gives me a chance to urge you to follow Jesus who came into the world to take all the punishment for sin so you and I can be right with God. If you decide to follow Jesus, you will turn this into a REAL HALLOWE'EN - a holy evening - and you will make Jesus and the angels sing."
-The Tract League, "Make This A Real Halloween," retrieved Oct 13, 2011, [http://tractleague.com/tracts/make-this-a-real-halloween/]
This tract tells children that if they will just think about God while they defile themselves in pagan witchcraft rituals, they'll please Jesus. This is sickening. One of the biggest problems that I see is that Christians think that witches and sorcery is just "silly," and they have no discernment of the spiritual realm that demons do exist, and they do possess people, and they do linger in our homes if we do not seek the proper protection from our Lord Jesus Christ while staying away from wicked traditions.

When Christians call this witchcraft "just stupid," they are refusing to acknowledge the satanic forces behind it, and can then be easily overtaken unawares by seducing demons.

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
-2 Corinthians 2:11

Lasciviousness is similar to wantonness in the Bible: it describes a man who has no regard for what is right and just; he is careless and/or reckless with truth and righteousness of the Gospel, attempting to justify his actions as "godly" when in reality, he has no love for the sheep. Lasciviousness men are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, and it's not just about sexual lust, but any lust of the flesh, desiring sinful pleasures for a season more than the truth of the Word.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Jude 1:3-4

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves... Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
-2 Timothy 3:1-4

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
-Hebrews 11:25

How can a pastor stand in front of his congregation, without conscience or remorse, and say that Halloween's practices, which come from a religion of death, is acceptable in the sight of God?

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
-Proverbs 14:12

Pastor Wilson, who published the document that lead me to write this article, finishes his bulletin:
"The above tract was written for children and may seem simplistic, but I shared it because I want you to realize that not everyone has given up on celebrating events just because Hollywood and pop culture decides to ruin them."
-Rev. Steven L. Wilson, Lewis Creek Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Indiana, retrieved October, 2011, [www.lewiscreekbaptist.org]

Hollywood and pop culture don't ruin pagan holidays, they simply advertise and expand on witchcraft! The following quote is from a neo-pagan witch residing in Arizona:
"We hosted a Samhain rite at the covenstead for a few years, and then we started celebrating at camp... There are lots of great ritual sites in Southwestern Arizona, but we have settled upon one for Samhain, and we've been going there for almost two decades now... there's nothing like a dark, chilly, and nonordinary environment to give you a head start on understanding what Samhain is all about. The scariest movies and commercial haunted houses pale by comparison."
-Image and quote both from Ashleen O'Gaea, Family Wicca: Practical Pagainism for Parents and Children, Career Press, 2006, p. 160, ISBN: 9781564148865

Pagan practices ruin themselves, being born of a corrupt tree that produces corrupt fruit -- they don't need help from 'Hellywood', and Christians should not be running around willing to do anything that is deemed popular by a particular culture at a particular time just to please men. Where is the focus on the truth and righteousness in Biblical standards?

The real purpose behind unresearched tracts like this are not for education, but rather to allow Christians to excuse their way into doing whatever they want, whenever they want, and not feel there will be any consequences. With demonic spiritual entities at work, we can be sure that Satan will take any foothold he can get in your life to destroy you, and Christians need to take this more seriously, but in the end, Christians tend to be more concerned about how entertained they are, and squelch any warnings of conscience from the Holy Spirit on this matter so they can keep their traditions.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
-Colossians 2:6-8

As a Christian, should you celebrate Halloween? I do not seek to tell any Christian what to do because that is a job for the Holy Spirit. Those Christians who read their Bibles and are convicted of the Holy Spirit should be getting some serious warnings going off in their minds. (I'd be very concerned if you are not getting warnings of your conscience on this one!) I have a much better question I think Christians should be asking themselves:

Do my actions please the Lord Jesus Christ?

I'm not telling Christians that having fun is wrong, but can you imagine what celebrations like this do to people on a spiritual level? Participation in wicked practices can invite bad spirits into our lives, and eventually, can nullify our own conscience given to us by the Holy Spirit.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
-1 Timothy 4:1-2

There are MANY different ways to have fun and still not participate in demonic traditions. I've seen Christians and churches have fun in other ways, and even better, there are some out there that use Halloween as a great night to evangelize to unbelievers. The "fun" factor and "I-had-fond-memories-as-a-child" factor are both convenient excuses Christians commonly use to reconcile doing whatever they want, without first considering the Lord God's view of their actions.

Instead of trying to claim evil traditions in the name of Christianity, we should start reclaiming the things in this country that were originally started for the advancement of Christianity, like Biblical education itself for example. In fact, the first printing press in America was used to print Bibles so every family home could have one. I wrote this article not only as an opportunity to help the pastor of this church bulletin educate his congregation (assuming he is willing), but also as a message to all American Christians that we need to take the Words of the Lord more seriously:

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
-1 Thessalonians 5:21

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
-Matthew 7:18

We need to stop trying to get good fruit out of an evil tree.
If we celebrate evil fruit, what example do we show to others?

Now that we have a full understanding of the evil and wickedness behind this witchcraft sabbat, let's see what kind of education you can get from popular "Christian" icons.

KIRK CAMERON - Way of the Master/Living Waters
"[Cameron said] 'Early on, Christians would dress up in costumes as the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches precisely to make the point that those things were defeated and overthrown by the resurrected Jesus Christ. The costumes poke fun at the fact that the devil and other evils were publicly humiliated by Christ at His resurrection.'... But Cameron claims Halloween is not about death, as often depicted these days, but about life, and he urges Christians to throw 'the biggest party on your block' as a way to convert the masses.
'Halloween gives you a great opportunity to show how Christians celebrate the day that death was defeated, and you can give them Gospel tracts and tell the story of how every ghost, goblin, witch and demon was trounced the day Jesus rose from the grave. Clearly no Christians ought to be glorifying death, because death was defeated, and that was the point of All Hallows Eve.'"
-Ed Mazza, "Kirk Cameron Urges Christians To Celebrate Halloween By Sharing The Gospel," The Huffington Post, Oct 22, 2014, retrieved Sept 25, 2015, [huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/22/kirk-cameron-halloween_n_6026056.html]

If death was defeated, why are men still dying? Cameron doesn't understand Scripture:

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
-1 Corinthians 5:24-26

Death is the LAST enemy to be destroyed, and since Cameron believes death was destroyed, then we would have to logically conclude that he believes there are no longer any enemies in existence, included Satan! Christ defeated sin with his sacrifice, but death and hell will not be defeated until they are thrown into the lake of fire at the end:

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
-Revelation 20:14

Cameron not only attempts to justify paganism and witchcraft, but encourages church-goers to revel in it with huge, loud block parties:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
-Galatians 5:19-21

Kirk Cameron encourages church-goers to participate in sin, works of the flesh, and doesn't consider that he does and says evil in the sight of God.

KEN HAM - Answer in Genesis
If you want to know what Ken Ham thinks on Halloween, he recommends (endorses) answers given by a man on their staff named Bodie Hodge. He links to a tract they sell at AiG:
"Halloween is coming up---why not obtain bulk copies of these booklets and hand them around to people at your church, your family and friends? This is at the top of our bestseller list on the AiG website right now."
-Ken Ham, posted to his personal Facebook Profile, Oct 5, 2013, retrieved Sept 25, 2015, [facebook.com/aigkenham/posts/636157859747907]

First, I like how he uses the term "obtain" instead of "purchase," because it really gives the impression he's not trying to make money. However, the fact is that you can read half of the tract for free, but if you want to read the other half, you need to pay for it. (i.e. You can't even investigate if it is accurate, and if you concur with his conclusions, unless you pay him money.)

Ham then links to the tract by Hodge. In it, Hodge says that paganism and witchcraft in Halloween is justified because he believes that it was originally honoring those who died in Noah's Flood. I'm not joking, read it yourself:
"Was it [Halloween] a day to remember those who died in the Flood and a continuation of the sacrifices that Noah made after coming off the Ark? Because the celebrations call for the remembrance of the dead and have sacrifices, it is reminiscent of the large sacrifice that Noah and his family performed after the Flood. This would also explain why many other cultures have a variant of this regular sacrifice... Based on the evidence, this seems to be the most likely explanation."
-Bodie Hodge, "A Biblical & Historical Look at Halloween," Answers in Genesis, August, 2013, retrieved Sept 25, 2015, [answersingenesis.org/store/product/biblical-and-historical-look-halloween/?sku=00-1-079]

Of course, if you read the tract, he doesn't actually provide any evidence. He simply references to a theology professor who said it, and then claims he's drawing conclusions from the evidence. Since we have a nation of Laodecian American church-goers, it's no wonder something like this is on AiG's "bestseller" list, because false converts are always looking for a lukewarm excuse to help them justify their pagan happy-fun time.

It also should be noted that, in pure AiG-style, he gives a lukewarm overview of the Catholic Church's involvement in witchcraft and pagan activities, as if they had done no wrong at all in fusing with the heathen, and referring to Catholicism as "the Roman Church," as if they are of Christ. After all, you can't say anything directly bad about the Catholic Church in AiG becasue much of their sales come out of Catholic pockets.

Hodge, in another full-length article on AiG's website, admits the evil of Halloween, but turns around and claims it is God's day:
"It should be obvious from a Christian perspective that many modern practices of Halloween and days of the dead have evil intent. There has been considerable paganism that has been associated with Halloween over the years... If anything, an alternative in opposition to Halloween should be offered by Christians. Psalm 24:1 points out that everything belongs to the Lord. Therefore, there is no reason to let Satan have Halloween. It is not his day in the first place. When Satan tried tempting Jesus, he offered Jesus something that was not his to offer (Matthew 4:8—all the kingdoms of the world). Jesus obviously didn't succumb because it wasn’t Satan’s to give, nor did Satan exercise any authority over Him. Many today believe that Halloween is Satan’s day and recommend staying away from it. But recognizing such a thing would be to disregard that Satan owns nothing and that all days belong to God."
-Bodie Hodge, "Halloween History and the Bible" retrieved Sept 25, 2015, [oneplace.com/ministries/answers-in-genesis/read/articles/what-about-halloween-13488.html]

There is so much error in these statements, it's hard to know where to begin. First of all, Psalm 24:1 does NOT say that Halloween, or any other pagan activity, belongs to God.

The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
-Psalm 24:1

Does that say that the inventions of men (heathen) is the Lord's? Absolutely not, but apparently, those at AiG do not know how to read the Word of God:

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
-Isaiah 28:10

The book of Psalm tells us the opposite:

They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.
-Psalm 106:28-29

It didn't say these pagan activities were the inventions of God; they are the inventions of men, and are not of Him. These weren't works that were of God to begin with, and no where does it say that He wanted His people to take those wicked inventions and turn them into something fun that pleased Him. It's obvious Hodge and Ham both have no clue what they're talking about:

And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
-Psalm 106:38-40

The Lord God looks for the upright men and women who will follow His Word, but instead He is only finding those who seek out their inventions, like Halloween:

Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
-Ecclesiastes 7:28-29

God created men upright, but they have turned to sin. What AiG is teaching young men and women to do is take that sin, the idols and traditions of witches, slap a "jesus" label on them, and call them "good."

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

Ham and AiG does not encourage Christians to sanctify themselves (setting oneself apart from the inventions of the flesh), but looks to give church-goers an excuse.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them [set them apart] through thy truth: thy word is truth.
-John 17:15-17

For most "ministries," sanctification costs too much money.

PAT ROBERTSON - Christian Broadcasting Network
Even the wicked false preacher Pat Robertson admits that Halloween is of the Devil:
"All this business about goblins and jack-o'-lanterns all comes out of demonic rituals of the Druids and the people who lived in England at that particular time,"
-Pat Robertson, quoted by Avery Stone, "Halloween Is A 'Demonic' Holiday, According To Pat Robertson," The Huffington Post, Oct 9, 2014, retrieved Oct 1, 2015, [huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/09/pat-robertson-calls-halloween-demonic-holiday_n_5959922.html]

However, he still tells his followers to slap a "jesus" label on it:
"'I think churches can have Halloween parties,' Robertson said. 'You can bob for apples ... and turn it into a Christian festival, and that’s what we ought to do. We need to redeem these days, but that day was given over to Satanic things.'"
-Pat Robertson, quoted by Avery Stone, "Halloween Is A 'Demonic' Holiday, According To Pat Robertson," The Huffington Post, Oct 9, 2014, retrieved Oct 1, 2015, [huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/09/pat-robertson-calls-halloween-demonic-holiday_n_5959922.html]

Where is the Biblical precedent for that? Where did anyone righteous in the Bible take the ways of the heathen, learn them, and alter them for God under His approval? Solomon did those things, bringing pagan rituals into the temple of God, among many other wicked practices, and did the Bible say that Solomon was righteous and pleased the Lord God for "redeeming" the pagan rituals for Him?

And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
-1 Kings 11:6

Even though the Bible condemns these actions, Robertson's staff teaches the same thing. Not only does CBN teach participation in these demonic rituals, they also act like Catholicism is part of Christianity:
"But what about today? Perhaps we can still learn from history. In the fourth century, Christians [i.e. Catholics] attempted to co-opt the holiday by celebrating the lives of faithful Christian saints the day before Halloween. This was a conscious attempt to provide an alternative and re-focus the day away from ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches and other 'haunted' experiences."
-Elliott Watson, "Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?" CBN.com, retrieved Sept 30, 2015, [cbn.com/spirituallife/onlinediscipleship/halloween/halloween_watt05.aspx]

After covering for the wickedness of Roman Catholicism fusing with pagan tradition, CBN acts like wicked works of the Devil have been done away with by the "saints" of the Catholic Church. To counter the evil influence of Halloween, we need to join together and celebrate the reality of the heroic efforts of Christian saints over the evil in their day. Many leaders in the past -- and present -- have fulfilled the mandate of destroying the works of the devil through their sacrificial commitment to Christ and His Kingdom."
-Elliott Watson, "Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?" CBN.com, retrieved Sept 30, 2015, [cbn.com/spirituallife/onlinediscipleship/halloween/halloween_watt05.aspx]

And that's exactly what CBN encourages church-goers to do; transform witchcraft into some sort of "jesus-time" to give church-goers a way to fit in with the heathen of this world:
"[R]ather than 'hide' in the face of evil, we should unabashedly and boldly create an alternative that is positive and uplifting;"
-Elliott Watson, "Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?" CBN.com, retrieved Sept 30, 2015, [cbn.com/spirituallife/onlinediscipleship/halloween/halloween_watt05.aspx]

Of course, not unabashedly and boldly SANCTIFY ourselves, but rather jump into the witchcraft head first. Anyone who sanctifies themselves are labeled by CBN as cowards who "hide" from evil.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
-Ephesians 5:11

In their article, CBN does acknowledge the pagan evil involved with the tradition, but as everyone else, simply wants to cover it with "I-Love-Jesus" bumper sticker and falsely called it "good."

KENNETH COPELAND - Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Since we've covered most of the basis behind the pathetic excuses, the rest of these will be fairly short. What was Copeland's answer on whether his church should celebrate Halloween or not?
"In the end, the Lord may lead all of us in different directions. Our job is simply to follow the direction we have received from the Lord and not judge the decisions of others in the body of Christ."
-Kenneth Copeland, "Halloween, is it Just Harmless fun?" Kenneth Copeland Ministries, retrieved Oct 1, 2015, [kennethcopelandministries.org/2013/10/whats-wrong-with-halloween-3/#.Vg1kLflVhBc]

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
-1 Corinthians 2:14-15
(Read "Unbiblical Cop-Outs: Don't Judge Me!" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)

Copeland, the Satanic con-artist, just tells people not to judge anyone for anything, because the things of God are foolishness to him anyway, so the less Biblical judgement there is in his church building, the less eyes will be upon his wicked actions.

CREFLO DOLLAR - Creflo Dollar Ministries
This would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad. Watch this:
"While some consider this a spiritual day, it is in no way a 'Christian' day. The following is a list of alternate Halloween activities for children that can be done either at church or with their parents:"
-Creflo Dollar, "Halloween: Harmless or Harmful?" Creflo Dollar Ministries, retrieved Oct 1, 2015, [creflodollarministries.org/biblestudy/articles.aspx?id=386]

Please allow me to translate what he just said: "Hey church-goers, Halloween isn't a Christian day, and here's how you can celebrate it." He's not an idiot because idiots don't rip people off for all their money; Creflo said something that proposterous because he's a blind heretic.

HANK HANNEGRAAFF - Christian Research Institute
Hannegraaff believes that the Catholic Church is "Christian" as well, and so he encourages church-goers to celebrate "All Saints Day:"
"In direct response to this pagan tradition [i.e. Samhain], the early Christian church [i.e. Pope Boniface IV] moved a festive celebration called All Saints’ Day from May to November 1st and renamed October 31st All Hallows’ Eve, from which we get the word Halloween. This was an overt attempt on the part of believers to infiltrate pagan tradition with the truth of the gospel."
-Hank Hannegraaff, "Halloween for Christians: Oppression or Opportunity," Christian Research Institute, retrieved Oct 1, 2015, [equip.org/article/halloween-for-christians-oppression-or-opportunity]

Which means Hannegraaff is either ignorant or lying. The opposite is the case; the Catholic Church merged paganism in with Bible doctrines (i.e. using paganism in attempt to infiltrate and takeover the Body of Christ) to create the abomination it is today, but Hannegraaff could care less about the truth because, just as the other "ministries" above, he'll take major damage on his income if he speaks any truth about Catholicism.

In most so-called "ministries," either you get a pathetic, false, and/or lukewarm answers like these, or you get no answer at all. Half the websites I searched and preachers I investigated had no answer at all on Halloween, and the very few who did condemn it turned around and justified Christmas, Easter, 501c3, and many other heresies. In short, there are very few people out there willing to find/tell the truth about paganism and witchcraft, and fewer still who will sanctify themselves from it.

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