This is a question my church received the other day. Here is answer that the church has written but what do you think?
“What does the Bible say about Halloween and Christians celebrating it? Including but not limited to, trick or treating, costume parties and the like.”
The Bible never mentions Halloween. Therefore it does not specifically tell us how Christians should relate to this day. This has resulted in Christians coming to different conclusions as they seek to take the Bible seriously. There are two streams of thought regarding this issue: 1) Avoid Halloween. 2) Engage in Halloween with discernment.
Some Christians have nothing to with Halloween because they are convinced that this day is a celebration of evil. It appears that the origins of Halloween began with the Celtic celebration of Samhain. This was a pagan festival in which, among other things, focused on warding off evil spirits and ghosts. Even today there seems to be a certain fascination with darkness and evil that is part of Halloween. The Bible does teach that we should not participate in evil.
Engagement in Halloween with discernment
Many Christians believe that we can engage in Halloween with discernment. Halloween may have begun as a pagan festival but today, some 1500 years later, it is radically different. While there is a fascination with evil, many of the things done on Halloween are not evil in and of themselves. There is nothing wrong with dressing up, or giving out (getting) candy, throwing parities… Christians who hold this view believe that we can redeem even parts of Halloween and bring God’s light into this dark time. There is a level of discernment that needs to take place. The Bible does teach us not to fear evil but overcome it with good.
We believe that this is a family decision, not something that the church decides. Each family may choose differently. Some may avoid Halloween completely, others may just hand out candy, while others may attend Halloween alternatives (South Park MB hosts one – Winkler Bible Camp used, not sure about this year), and still others may have parties and allow their kids to trick or treat.