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Should Christians 'celebrate' hallowe'en? In U.K. very few Christians do although it is sadly becoming more and more popular with non-believers - adults and children.

Moderator - It is a pagan holiday and Christians should not celebrate. However, we hand out Halloween salvation tracts with candy as a great witnessing opportunity. My four year old son helps and understands why, but he doesn't go out and participate.

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Nancy, People are knocking on my door they get what I give them. I'd like to know where you can and cannot do this and what exactly do the sanctions state concerning this. I have been passing out scripture candy for some years now. Scripture candy is expensive so I use Microsoft spreadsheet and type and print scripture in the cells then cut and tape it to every piece of candy.
---Nina on 12/22/07

If they don't like the scripture I put on their candy than they can hand me back my snicker bar. Yeah that's right I don't hand out the cheap stuff, we buy around a thousand peices of chocolate and some lollipops and we hand out big handfulls. for the little children we let them grab as much as they want.
---Nina on 12/22/07

Note to the moderator: FYI, some jurisdictions prohibit proselytizing to minors. Passing out tracts on Halloween could subject the distributer to legal sanctions, unless permission is given by the parents for their children to receive them.
---Nancy on 12/3/07

good news for church kids everywhere!!! please google "tombstone treats for God's kids" (use quotation marks for better search) PLEASE view the book?!! this is a great opportunity to meet somewhere in the middle. thank you
---thea_foltz on 9/20/07

good news for church kids everywhere!!! please google "tombstone treats for God's kids" (use quotation marks for better search) PLEASE view the book?!! this is a great opportunity to meet somewhere in the middle. thank you
---thea_foltz on 9/20/07

I have tracts referring to the evils of hallowe'en which I give out to callers. However, if I open the door and find hideous masked people standing there I close the door immediately. Call me what you like but those things could give anyone a heart attack and should be banned. I've always understood hallowe'en to be the night before All Souls day but what is the history of the witch connection to that date, does anyone know? Nurse Robert you seem very knowledgeable, could you come back on this please?
---Paul on 6/10/07

As a child we celebrated halloween. Tricks & treats then was home made popcorn balls, cookies, hot chocolate, homemade fudge, etc. Now you have to give only wrapped candies.And as you said the costumes are gruesome. My church does not believe in Halloween so has a big festival for all the kids with train rides, ponys, games and treats. Most churches in this town do likewise and we get NO trick-or-treaters.

We are told to be in this world but not a part of it.
---Virginia on 11/20/06

I dont feel as Christians we should. I understand people will say but we celebrate this/that & they were pagan. But it has gotten to the point that the bloodier,more horrible or even mocking the better. I saw 1 man dressed as a "dead Steve Irwin" I thought how cruel the man left a wife/2 kids not even cold in his grave. He had the "safari" outfit, pale face, blood on the heart area w/a "fake" barb it was cruel, mean & in bad taste. He got what he wanted though-noticed.
---Jeanne on 11/8/06

I live in the USA
I was just trying to make a point that just because bad things might happen on a certain day it doesn't mean that we can't celebrate the victory of Christ. Guy Fawkes day celebrates the perserverience of the crown not terrorism just as Indepenance day celebrates liberation not terrorism. But both can be taken in a "wrong" view.
---Jared on 11/8/06

There are people in the USA that celebrate indepenance day by ploting a "New" Indepance day. thinking that the reasons we broke away from the UK have come back and we need to reemerge as the True USA. I don't agree with them (and I wouldn't have faught for Indepence either) We make the celebration mean what we want, that is the point.
---Jared on 11/8/06

Jared ... Honoring??? Where do you live, Jared? In the UK? Remembering is the right word, and honoring perhaps those who foiled the plot.
Does America celebrate Independence day? I think so. And that remembers the successful efforts (which would have been called terrorism if the word had existed then) of the settlers to free themselves from bristish domination
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/7/06

In my church (Anglican) we do not celebrate Halloween, as such. We have a service for the Eve of All Saints. We pray, read Holy Scripture, and celebrate the Eucharist. We also remember and pray for the faithful departed. I know we can't change the eternal state of the deceased, but when we pray in time God hears in eternity, and a prayer at any time is welcomed by God.
---Brother_Lon on 11/7/06

I know that it is celebrating the failed atempt but ultimately it is still honoring Terrorism, and it may inspire future terroists couldn't it. just as a holiday that celebrates the victory of Christ over evil might lead some to celebrate evil. that doesn't make Halloween or Guy Fawkes day wrong it just means people are people.
---Jared on 11/5/06

Jared ... Actually GuyFawkes wa sthe terrorist who tried to blow up the Hoses of Parliament.
But Guy Fawkes night celebrates the failure of his plot. Guy Fawkes is burnt on the bonfires for his treachery.
And, sadly, because Fawkes was a Roman Catholic, in some places effigies of the Pope are burnt, and thus the hatreds are perpetuated.
---quent5969_the_Scot on 11/5/06

Ok for the UK people is it right to celebrate Guy Faukes day? it is a celebrating terrorism or an attempt of terrorism. Yeah it's ok to celebrate. because it allows you to remember. that is all Halloween is. remembering that Christ overcomes EVIL. We aren't celebrating the devil we are celebrating Christ's victory.
---Jared on 11/4/06

My thoughts on Halloween are this, if you give the day up to the devil then you are giving him day. But I believe everyday is Gods and give him the Glory and don't let the devil get a foot in the door. Have fun and enjoy the day.
---molla on 11/4/06

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Robert; what others do is not my fault, nor can I stop what they do. I know there are some sick people in this world, I'm not blind. But if a person makes this holiday innecent, then it will be. Call it what you want, I for one don't see anything wrong with it. Halloween isn't just when people come out to worship Satan, they do that 24/7.
---Rebecca_D on 10/30/06

Rebecca...Alan is putting you and your family on a GUILT trip. ENJOY your All Hallow's Eve...YOU and YOUR CHILDREN...and don't let anybody steal your FUN away. The 31st is a GREAT DAY for CHILDREN to express themselves [and adults too]! Halloween is one of the most therapeutic holidays. We break away from our rigid, structured lives, put on a costume [or not] and be non-conformists for one day out of the year.
It's healthy [except for the candy].

---Reiter on 10/30/06

Rebecca ... You are an odd mixture of self-righteousness (re suicide, "sinner" mental illness) and rebellion (halloween, smoking)
Will you not think of the fear that trick or treating causes in the elderly, who give candy only because they fear the harm that will be done to them or their property if they don't give?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/28/06

Nurse Robert; the word says that now we know that God heareth not sinners but if any man be a worshipper of God, he doeth his will him he heareth. I am taking my kids trick or treating cause I for one don't see the harm. I check all candy throughly before giving it to them.
---Rebecca_D on 10/28/06

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the dressing in costume is a part of the history of halloween. dressed in a costume so the dead would not target them. How God must be pleased-taking part in pagan rituals
---r.w. on 10/27/06

Sally, You are mistaken about the Bible NOT revealing the time of Christ's birth. Luke 1 through 3 gives us the exact timing of the birth of John, and the birth of Jesus. The "course of Abijah" sets the time when Elizebeth became pregnant. The servitude of Zacharia was in the TENTH WEEK of the Biblical Calendar.John was born at Passover, and Jesus was born at Tabernacles. You can find many good websites on this subject by searching "tabernacles--the birth of Christ". danny
---danny on 10/26/06

Sally: Christmas is a Pagan holiday. No one knows when Jesus was born. Man came up the with idea to make December 25th Jesus birthday. I celebrate Halloween and my kids and I don't worship the dead. why did you have to find a website to figure out if Halloween is evil? I don't see how my son dressing up as a pirate is evil or my daughter dressing up as a dalmation puppy. what is so evil about that? Your opinion, not a website's facts.
---Rebecca_D on 10/17/06

We don't celebrate Halloween.
We use this day to meet with other christians and their kids, to play and have fun together,worshiping the Lord, outside.

So , our kids don't long for other's candies and costumes. They may dress in a fun costume and experience a good time keeping the Lord's values.

Each day it's a challenge to live for Him.
---Rodica on 10/17/06

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Christmas is a pagan holiday, as are all the "Christian" holidays. They are all placed on those dates to cover over pagan holidays. Go to the library and get a book on pagan holidays and see for yourself. Even the reason we go to church on 'sun'day.
---Betty on 10/17/06

Sue ... "got free candy from our neighbors"
How ... by pushing dog-poo through their letter boxes if they did not give?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/7/06

Hi Sally, Why didn't I ever hear of all this evil stuff when I was growing up. The facts to me, and my kids, were that halloween was a fun day/night where we dressed up in silly costumes and got free candy from our neighbors. The facts are what you teach your kids.
---sue on 10/6/06

Let's all stick to the facts here. Fact 1 is that the tradition of Halloween is to worship the dead, and it's just plain evil.If you want the 10 reasons Christians should not practice Halloween, go to J.Kirby Anderson's web page about the subject- very thought provoking information!
As far as Christmas being the same thing- a "pagan" holiday, what a laugh! funny how people will try to justify what they are doing when they know it's wrong!
---sally on 10/5/06

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welcome to the era of customizable christianity.
If it feels right, it can't be wrong!
(Can it?)
I hear ouija boards are great fun too...
And stop being so judgemental!
---Michel on 10/2/06

i read a lot of folks saying "i think" or 'i believe' or 'i feel' halloween is ok. Who cares what we think, do you stop to think what God Almighty thinks about it? Is it pleasing to Him? if you say he doesnt mind, then you have bigger problems than trying to figure which harry potter character your child wants to dress like
---r.w. on 9/30/06

This all seems a little hysterical.
---Matt on 9/28/06

I beleive it all depends on how you teach your kids. If you tell them that holloween is just a fun night to get candy and dress up and forget all the devil stuff then it'll be fine. Forget the tricks and evil, teach them love. TEACH them it's just a fun innocent kid thing, no evil attached.
---sue on 9/26/06

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First of all Samhain is a night of honoring those who have passed before us and celebrating new births and friendships as it is the end of the year and the beginning of a new one.It is the time when our God dies but promises to return with the changing season.It is a holy night for us pagans/Wiccans
---amber on 9/25/06

NurseRobert: RE: Lord hearing all prayers:
For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil" (1Peter 3:12).
Proverbs 28:9 tells us, "One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination." ".. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear" (Isaiah 59:1-2,
---Cici on 9/19/06

Alan I had a similar experience 3 or 4 years ago and was left trembling for quite some time after. I was alone in my house at the time. Irene - why do you consider it 'fun' for children to threaten to trick someone if they don't get a treat. This is what the term trick or treat means. Remember that some children's idea of a trick might not be my idea or yours. Some 'tricks' are vile and dangerous.
---M.P. on 9/19/06

Irene..My Bible says to "abstain from all appearance of evil". (1Thes.5:22) How can you justify costumes and masks so horribly ugly and demonic-looking that they terrify people? Where is the good clean fun in this for little children, or anyone for that matter?
---Irene on 9/18/06

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NurseRobert - Scripture very clearly teaches that "nobody goes to the Father except through Jesus". That means that the very first prayer that God hears and answers is the sinner's prayer for salvation. Then the person is in Christ, and their prayers are there on in answered because they are going to the Father through Jesus.
---Helen_5378 on 9/18/06

Irene ... About 15 years ago, at haloween, I was summoned by my front door bell, What I saw gave me a terrible shock. I am now 66.
That sight could have killed an elderly person.
And what happens if we do not pay? Dog poo or a firecracker through the letter box
Call that "good clean fun?"
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/18/06

I have taken my children and grandchildren trick or treating for years and years. How could you say children having fun is Pagan. If you were celebrating with Pagan thoughts and such then I would agree.
There is nothing better than good clean fun and the laughter of children
---Irene on 9/18/06

Halloween has Satanic roots to it. In our town, people cannot adopt cats from the SPCA near Halloween because many of Satan's followers will get cats for animal sacrifices on Halloween.
---Odelphius on 9/18/06

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Helen.. "God does not hear the prayers of those who are not born-again." You sound like Bailey Smith, the minister who said that "God Almighty does not hear the prayers of a Jew."

I dont know what God you worship, but my God hears all prayers.
---NurseRobert on 9/18/06

CNoEvil - You must go to Jesus first. God does not hear the prayers of those who are not born-again. Jesus says in John 14:6 "I am the way the truth and the life; No-one comes to the Father except through Me".
---Helen_5378 on 9/18/06

Halloween is no more or less pagan than Christmas. The birthday of Mithras, who was born from a rock was 25Dec. was -3 days after the solestice. That Religionw was popular with solders in the Empire. He put the birthday of Christ on that dayas a political move, thus its a blend of pagan/Christian, like everything in the RCC-and to a degree in protestantism. If Halloween is bad, so is ChristMAS (Mass, as in Catholic Mass)
---MikeM on 9/17/06

Halloween is witchcraft and we should have nothing to do with it. Just look at (if your eyes can bear it) the evil in the costumes and face masks etc.
---Helen_5378 on 9/16/06

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If you play you will pay..
---Lynn on 9/16/06

I used to like Halloween and all things dark, now I'm starting to defile them after reading this helpful blog. As time progresses, it looks like America is increasingly becoming more and more obsessed with psychic powers, necromancy (which is distrubingly celebrated now in cartoons) and ghosts. The only ghost that exists is the Holy Spirit/Jesus/God. If you have to come to Him, you have to come to His Father first.
---CNoEvil on 9/15/06

No they should not celebrate. It is a day with Satanic roots. Many churches have fall festivals (NO costumes allowed) with games and things for kids. It is however a good day to hand out tracts, especially to trick or treaters.
---sam on 9/15/06

Jana; All holidays are pagan, Christmas was based on the birth of Mithras, Dec 25th. Valentines day is even more pagan, to nasty to define here, yet no one has a problem with it. As to Halloween, its pagan underpinnings are too far removed to take seriously. Halloween is evil only to dentist.
---MikeM on 9/14/06

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Halloween was one of my most fun nights when I was a little kid. BUT I was a little kid, innocent of all this devil and satan being connected with it. I just thought it was fun to get dressed up and walk around at night time getting free candy with my friends! no more, no less.
---sue on 9/11/06

our kids never went trickle treating as we thought it a way to teach our kids to become beggars. one kid came to our door oneday I gave an orange which he threw back..since then, no more kids at my door for trickle treat. its wrong and its pagan origiin
---jana on 9/11/06

2Ki 21:6
And he made his son pass through the fire,(Hells' lie that Halloween is innocent fun) and observed times (Trick or Treat), and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. No candy, no parties, nothing on that day, rather the Fear of God should be taught.
---anon on 11/3/05

Our Church, Yosemite, provides a "harvest party" on halloween night. we have game booths,food, jump houses and we give out candy. we had over 4000 people show up this year. It is a great way to meet people where they are and love them to where Christ wants them to be. God Bless You ^i^
---Robin on 11/3/05

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As kids my parents allowed us to go trick or treating but explained to us that it was just for fun and would never allow us to dress up as anything demonic or satanic. We were always clowns or animals or something of that sort. Several years ago my church started a Harvest Festival that is held every Halloween. It is a great witnessing opprotunity for our chruch.
---Kaleo on 10/28/05

reverence for demons in any form is an abomination to God and he strictly forbids it. Compromise damages ones character. Why would this holliday even appeal to a Christian? If one is walking close to the Lord they do not want to do anything that displeases or grieves him.
---ann_G on 10/7/05

The thing I don't like about it is that is frivolity mixed with fear which I don't think represents anything about Jesus. We don't want the nonbelievers to say, "They are just like everyone else." I understand that the reflected nature of Christ is the most important thing, but why give mixed messages by participating. What a good time to share with our children the differences between nonbelievers and believers, and our Masters command to "Come out from among them and be seperate."
---Patti on 10/4/05

If you don't think that Halloween is a satanic holiday, go to the Church of Satan's website and check the state schedules for the Witches' Ball which is held on Halloween.
---Sally on 10/4/05

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Ann, it's no problem. It was an honest oversight. The few who know me should know that i am serious about the truth, and it can be discouraging to share it when so many just want to shoot the messenger. BTW, the 10 days comes from, Genesis 7:11; 8:13,14.
---Eloy on 10/4/05

Eloy ...
Some do make ridiculous statements which they claim to be the truth, but is clearly not scripturally or factually correct.
Had you claimed 10 days to be true, that woulf have been ridiculous!
And that is what Anne had throught you had said
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/3/05

I apologize, Eloy- I missed the first part- though all your figuring seems like Greek to me.
---Ann5758 on 10/3/05

Ann I think Eloy is saying 2669 years and ten days (not just 10 days). I still don't understand it though.
---Xanthi on 10/3/05

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Ann, i wrote 2,669 years and 10 days , not 10 days only. The Hebrew/Jewish Calendar also has 12 months like our Western Calendar, but with different names. For example, December would be called Kislev to the Jew, and they celebrate Chanukkah about the sametime that we Americans celebrate Christmas. BTW, i comprehend truth as serious and not ridiculous, but to each its own.
---Eloy on 10/3/05

10 days after Adam was created, Moses led the Hebrews in the Exodus?...come on, Eloy...even YOU have to admit that's ridiculous. Your math is atrocious. Their calendars back then were not the same as we use now...there wasn't even a december 25 back then.
---Ann5758 on 10/3/05

NurseRobert & Ann, part 1: The shepherds had their evening meal, before they went out to watch their flocks at night. Christ was born during the tax season commanded by Caesar Augustus. Cyril, bishop of Jerusalem in the mid 4th century A.D., requested to have the true date of Jesus birth given to him from the original taxation records which were kept in Rome. Cyril reported that December 25th was the date given to him from the taxation documents.
---Eloy on 10/2/05

Nurse Robert & Ann, pt2: Jesus birth is (69 weeks= 69 x 7 yrs)= 483 years from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25). The decree was made the 7th year of Artaxerxes 40 year reign= 458 B.C. (Ezra 7:8,13,21-23,27). Jesus began to minister at 30 years of age (Luke 3:23). Now count forward 483 years from 458 B.C.= 26 A.D. (1 is added because there is no date "0"); now count back 30 years= 5 B.C. (1 added again because there is no "0"). Thus, Jesus birthday is December 25, 5 B.C.
---Eloy on 10/2/05

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Nurse Robert & Ann, pt3: The Passover, meaning passage is not a coincidental holiday, wrongly called Easter. Jesus and his disciples had ate the Passover right before his arrest and crucifixion. 2,669 years and 10 days after Adam was created Moses led the Hebrews in the Exodus from Egyptian bondage, and during Moses leadership was the first Passover instituted. Pagans call Passover, Easter. But Christians should rightly call it Passover and Resurrection Day.
---Eloy on 10/2/05

Eloy, where do you get your timing for Christ's birth? There is nothing that states exactly when it was. As for Passover being called Easter, it's just co-incidence that they might fall at approximately the same time. This year, I think, there was a month between the 2 holidays. It was the same time the year that Christ died, but it's not always so, and are 2 completely different celebrations.
---Ann5758 on 10/1/05

Part IV: All this being said, it is important for use to understand WHY we NOW celebrate any holiday, be it Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, or even Halloween. Regardless of the pagan origins of a holiday, we should celebrate the Birth and resurrection of our Lord and his saving grace.

I do not celebrate Halloween. It's one celebration that I would love to see disappear.
---NurseRobert on 10/1/05

Part III: The timing of the Jewish Passover was celebrated at/near the same time as the spring equinox or this Eastre festival. So, as the Gospel was being spread to the pagans, the celebration of Eastre and the celebration of the resurrection became somewhat combined and the Christian celebration adopted the name that the pagans had used for their festival. The Nicene Counsel, in 325, permanently declared the Easter holiday to be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon of the March equinox.
---NurseRobert on 10/1/05

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Part II. It wasnt until 350 AD when Pope Julius I declared that Christ's birth would be celebrated on December 25. Christmas (Christ-Mass) as we know it today, with the christmas tree, candles, yule logs, began in Germany, though Catholics and Lutherans still disagree about which church celebrated it first.
---NurseRobert on 10/1/05

PART 1: Eloy.. there is no proof that Jesus was born on December 25, "between 7 and 8pm." The Romans celebarated Winter Solstice around Dec 25 many years before the birth of Christ. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25.
---NurseRobert on 10/1/05

"It seems like depriving your kids of a childhood tradition if you don't let them go"

As born again followers of JESUS CHRIST are we not suppose to be leading our children AWAY from wordly traditions and TOWARD JESUS.Romans 12:1-2
The good and perfect will of GOD has nothing to do with satan and darkness.
---co_ach on 10/1/05

Nurse Robert, Christmas is the celebration of Christ's birth in the 2nd hour of night, between 7 and 8:00 p.m., on December 25th in 5 B.C. Nothing pagan about this fact. Easter is actually called Passover and Resurrection Day. It commemorates the death angel passing over the Hebrews and killing the first born of all Egyptians, and the deliverance of the Hebrews. Jesus is the Passover Lamb. Celebrated Sunday morning after the Passover in honor of the resurrection of Jesus. Nothing pagan about this fact.
---Eloy on 10/1/05

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Molly, you can wish it away all you want but the fact is Christmas and Easter were begun as pagan holidays. I do not believe that Halloween is a "satanic" hoilday, though I do believe that it is not a Christian day either. Just because its not Christian does not mean its of satan.
---NurseRobert on 9/30/05

We can analyze anything to death. It's simple really: Halloween> the devil, death, darkness, fear, hateful tricks....Christmas> Jesus, our promised Messiah, hope, peace, light, joy, love & giving....Easter> Jesus, our risen saviour, life, hope, light, joy, celebration, victory, love.... by the way, St Nicholas was a very REAL person, who did make and deliver toys to poor children (the red suit and flying reigndeer were added folklore of course!) Christmas brings out the best in people, Halloween doesn't
---Molly on 9/30/05

Eloy ... over here the trick ot Treat seems to be that unless yuo give us a present, we will do something nasty to you... such as dog excrement through the letter box, or broken windows.Old people are frightened,
Perhaps those giving out unpleasant had been driven to this by the rightening actiities of the frightening callers
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/30/05

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