I am asked often if it is okay for Christians to celebrate Halloween. Some ask that question having already made up their mind that there is nothing wrong with the celebration, and it doesn’t matter what they do on that night, it’s all okay. And nothing I say can change their minds. Others ask that question having already made up their mind that the whole thing is satanic worship, and that “good” Christians should take no part in any of the activities, not even going trick-or-treat. And nothing I say can change their minds either.
So, what is the answer to the controversial question, “Should Christians observe Halloween?” With no direct references to Halloween in the Bible, resolving the debate can be a challenge. How should Christians approach Halloween and is there a Biblical way to observe this secular holiday?
The dilemma over Halloween may fall under the category of a Romans 14 issue, or a “disputable matter.” These are matters that lack clear and specific direction from the Bible. Ultimately, Christians must decide for themselves and follow their own convictions regarding the observance of Halloween.
Romans 14:5-6 says, “One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.”
In scripture, there is nothing that specifically warns against observing Halloween. So rather than providing an answer, ask yourself about your own convictions on this issue. As Christians, why are we here in this world? Are we here to live in a safe and protected environment, guarded against the evils in the world, or are we called to reach out into a world filled with dangers and be the light of Christ? Halloween brings people of the world to our door step. Halloween brings our neighbors out into the streets. I can think of various creative ways to seize this opportunity for developing new relationships and sharing my faith.
But, is it possible that our negativity toward Halloween only alienates the people we seek to reach? Can we be in the world, but not of the world? Perhaps the answer to the Halloween dilemma is…, there is no right or wrong answer!