“How can I tell my kids the truth about Halloween?”
Finding the right words can often be a challenge for parents who want to tell their kids the truth about Halloween. We don’t want to hurt our child’s feelings. But we have to say something, for the ultimate result of our refusing to free our children from this deception will be Satan using them to destroy us. God forbid that we should war against our own children, but unless we labor to break them (and ourselves) free from the deception of Halloween, the prophecy of Jesus concerning our families will be fulfilled against us.
“For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Mt. 10:35, 36).
We may not always know exactly what to say, but we are charged by God to say something. To help both parent and child understand why they should turn away from this deadly deception, consider the following message written a little over two years ago.
One day, a little boy was walking home from school. He saw one of his friend’s dads putting out a jack-o-lantern he made and asked if he wanted to make one. The little boy said, “IT’S A TRICK!” and ran away. He walked by another friend’s house and saw her and her parents in their Halloween costumes. They asked him if he wanted to go trick-or-treating with them tonight. He screamed, “IT’S A TRICK!” and ran away.
The little boy walked by his best friend’s house and he was riding a broomstick in front of his house and his parents were dressed in ghost costumes. They were pretending to be spirits and were practicing how to scare people who would come to their house. When the family saw him walking by, they asked the little boy if he wanted to be a ghost or a wizard at their house tonight. He yelled loudly, “IT’S A TRICK!” and ran home as fast as he could.
The little boy’s friends and their parents came to his house and told his parents what happened and asked them if he was okay. The little boy’s parents replied, “He’s okay. We taught him where Halloween came from and the first thing he said when he understood was “It’s a trick.” So the little boy’s parents taught their son’s friends and their parents where Halloween came from and what the Bible says about it.
After they understood, the little boy’s friends and their parents went home. The little boy’s parents went out later that day to get some groceries and the little boy was shocked by what he saw. He saw that the broomstick his best friend was riding was in the garbage can with the ghost costumes his parents were wearing earlier. They passed by his other friend’s house and saw the costumes they were wearing peeking out of a garbage bag outside their house. When they finally made it up the street, the little boy saw that the jack-o-lantern that his friend’s dad put out was not there anymore.
When they got to the grocery store, all the parents were shopping together. The little boy’s parents asked them, “Why did you get rid of all of your Halloween costumes and decorations?” The parents replied, “Because know we know the truth about Halloween.” The parents and children said together, “IT’S A TRICK!!”
The Trick of Halloween
Every year, people celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, and dressing up in costumes. They even do things like talk to spirits and cast spells like witches and wizards! Many people believe that doing these things are harmless and safe.
But that is not true. It is NOT safe, because when you celebrate it, you’re actually learning how to worship evil spirits rather than God! Ancient cultures believed that evil spirits would come out on Halloween and pretend to be their dead friends and relatives and scare and trick them. The people were scared of these evil spirits, so they tried to keep them away by:
- Giving “a soul cake” (a treat) to poor people when they asked. The poor would offer prayers for the givers in return so the evil spirits wouldn’t play tricks on them. This is where trick-or-treating came from.
- Carving faces on pumpkins that would scare them away. This is why people make jack-o-lanterns came from.
- Putting on horrible masks and jumping over big fires to scare them away. This is why people dress up in costumes in Halloween.
God never wanted his people to celebrate Halloween. He told them not to do things like those ancient cultures were doing (Jer.10:1-3.). He knows that if we do the things that people do on Halloween, we would be tricked and hurt by evil spirits! God loves us so much that He gave us His Son to die for our sins. If we listen to Him and do what He wants us to do, we won’t need to be afraid of evil spirits and their tricks like the Druids and the Romans were. Two of their tricks are especially dangerous.
Talking to Evil Spirits
The Bible tells us that people don’t come back from the dead to haunt us (Eccl. 9:5, 6, 10; Jn. 5:28, 29). So when people say they can talk to the spirits of dead people, “IT’S A TRICK!” Those are evil spirits and they want to trick you and hurt you. Talking to evil spirits is more dangerous than talking to strangers. God told His people never to talk with evil spirits because He knew they would hurt them (Lev. 20:6, 23, 27; Deut. 18:9-11).
A long time ago, King Saul talked to an evil spirit who pretended to be one of God’s messengers. BUT IT WAS A TRICK! Because King Saul did not listen to God, he fell for the evil trick and he and his sons were killed in battle (1 Sam. 28:7-20, 31:1-4.). Evil spirits hurt and tricked people even when Jesus was on the Earth. They went into their bodies and hurt them! Because He loved His people, Jesus and His disciples cast out those evil spirits out of them (Matt. 17:14-18; Mk. 5:1-20; Lk. 10:1-12, 17-20).
Jesus also warned the people how these evil spirits would try to trick them in the future. They would even pretend to be their friends (Acts 16:16-18; 1 Tim. 4:1, 2)! If you can listen to your parents when they tell you not to talk to strangers, we can and should listen to our Father in heaven when He tells us not to talk to strange spirits.
Witchcraft is a trick that men (called wizards) and women (called witches) do by using magic to cast spells and make potions, among many other things God told his people not to do. God told His people not to do these kinds of things because they will lead us away from loving Him (Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:19, 20.). If the magic powers witches and wizards use does not come from God (who told them not to do it), we know that IT’S A TRICK!
An evil angel once named Lucifer (now called Satan) wants to keep you from God because he hates Him and you [Job 1:6-22, 2:1-7; Ezek. 28:12-17 (God is talking to Lucifer because the king of Tyrus was never in heaven or in Eden. Lucifer was.) ; Zech. 3:1, 2; Matt. 4:1-11; Rev. 12:9-13.]. To do this, he came up with a lot of ways to trick you into liking and doing witchcraft.
He came up with books and movies like Doctor Strange and Ghostbusters to make witchcraft seem fun and to get you to try to cast spells and ride broomsticks like Harry and his friends did. But this isn’t something that God or Jesus wants you to do. IT’S A TRICK!f
When the apostles taught the people about God and Jesus Christ in the city of Ephesus, they brought all their books of magic spells together and burned them up [Acts 19:19,20. (“Curious arts” refers to magic in the Greek. See Strong’s Concordance entry G4021)]. They understood that the books were a trick of Satan to keep them from being with God. So they got rid of them. God wants to be with us because He cares about us and wants to protect us from evil things like witchcraft. That’s why He tells us not to do it. IT’S A TRICK!
The Treats of God
God gave us His Word to protect us from evil spirits and tricks that would lead us away from Him. He gave us His Son to die for our sins like casting spells and talking to evil spirits. We cannot fall for the trick that Halloween is harmless. The Israelites thought worshipping God and other gods was harmless, but God told them they were wrong.
Nor should we continue to sin as we have done, for by Christ we are dead to them. The grace of God does not allow us to do the things He told us not to do. We cannot keep celebrating Halloween because everyone else does or because we have always done so. We can either choose the treat God gives us or the trick Satan lies to us with. Ask God to help you understand the truth so you won’t fall for the trick of Halloween anymore.
Though not perfect, this message provides both parent and child the opportunity to understand why they, as Christians, should not celebrate Halloween. But the overwhelming response to efforts like these is often hostile and dismissive. This is what deception does to fallen humanity; it convinces those who serve the Lord that there is no harm in doing the very things that displease God. They are beguiled into believing that since Jesus died for them, He will protect them from the spiritual dangers of Samhain, the pagan holiday which Halloween is derived from. As Eve bit into the forbidden fruit, so do many Christians partake of the things forbidden to them. Even worse, we spread it to our children for them to pass down to their children!
What was the result of Eve falling for the deception concerning the forbidden fruit? What she not banished from Paradise along with her husband? As Christians observe Halloween, they are slowly eating the fruit of rebellion. They do not understand that every bite they take slowly turns them away from the truth until they no longer want to hear the words of Jesus Himself. We do not want to hear, much less read, anything that will turn us away from our sins. When the entire world gets to this point, the final line between God’s people and Satan’s will finally be drawn.
But there is still time for us and our children to escape from this deception, for Jesus has made a way by the sacrifice of His life and His ministry in heaven. Not only is there a way out, but there is a way to keep this holiday out of our lives.
- Pray for understanding. Ask Him to reveal the truth about it to you first. Your child will not accept it unless you yourself are sure.
- Study the Scriptures. Though the Bible does not specifically say, “Thou shalt not celebrate Halloween”, it does give plain testimony for God’s people not to learn the ways of the heathen (Jer. 10:1-3).
- Act. An understanding of the truth must be coupled with the decision to act. It must be done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in the fear of God. Only under the guidance of the Godhead can the truth be upheld in the hearts of His people, especially His children.
As you begin to break free from this deception, the Lord will guide your way, for He is the Way. He calls for us to walk in Him and not in any other. When you do, you will see for yourself how powerful this deception is. Every natural urging will strive to keep you in this holiday’s grasp, but the urgings of the Holy Spirit will give you victory as you draw closer to Jesus. This is the key to our victory over sin. May the Lord deliver you from Satan’s trick that He may give you His treat, a place with Him for all eternity.
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