Halloween

The following words, or similar, may be familiar in enticing someone to do something: “there is no harm in it” or “it’s harmless fun”.  These may well be the excuses people use to participate in Halloween.  Yet there is harm and danger in Halloween - the CViE pamphlet on Halloween was written to highlight these dangers and provide a background to Halloween together with setting out what the Bible says on the subject.
 
Since publishing this pamphlet, it has been difficult not to notice the commercialisation of Halloween.  Halloween is now the third biggest event in the UK retail sector after Christmas and Easter.  In 2001 consumers spent £12 million on Halloween; it was estimated that in 2016, that this sum would be in the order of £310 million.  Many of the goods available depict the devil and other characters associated with Halloween such as witches in a comical way, thereby trying to create an impression that these things are harmless and something to laugh at and enjoy.  Let none of us be fooled, the devil is real; Peter warned the early Christian church: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
 
One practice associated with Halloween is ‘trick or treat’.  A trick may be viewed as something designed to swindle and deceive.  The concept of ‘trick or treat’ implies the use of a threat to gain one’s end.  Surely to practice and teach such attitudes and concepts is completely contrary to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:36-40).
 
In writing this short piece, we are conscious of the pressure children may come under at school from classmates.  It is important, as with any issue from which we separate, to be clear why we do so.  In summary, Halloween is wrong because it does not honour God or the teachings of the Bible. ‘Trick or treat’ (and other activities associated with this) are wrong as they are contrary to the teachings of the Bible and they are intended to frighten and/or threaten other people.  Perhaps the Scripture quote on the front of the CViE pamphlet on Halloween is the best summary: ‘Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them.’ (Ephesians 5:11).
 
The CViE publication “Halloween” can be accessed at http://cvie.org.uk/publications
 
Copies are available using the details on the contact page:  http://cvie.org.uk/contact-us