Do you base your position on happy childhood memories of candy and dressing up?
Let’s face it there’s a big debate this time of year among Christians over Halloween’s safety and whether you are opening a door of torment for your children by taking them out to trick or treat.
Whenever I have a question about a religious practice or holiday, I look at what it is rooted in to find the answers because what is at the root is going to show up in the fruit.
Where Did Halloween Begin?
Halloween in its current form started 1900 years ago in England, Ireland, and Northern France as a Celtic celebration of the first day of winter called Samhain on November 1. It was the one night of the year celebrating the return of the souls of dead walking amongst the living. Hosting the dead was encouraged, and places were set at dinner tables to invite them in.
The bridge incorporating this practice into the church was the timing of All Hallows’ Day known as All Saints Day on Nov. 1st. Hence the name “All Hallows Eve” coming the night before. This night was set apart to pray for the recently departed souls still wandering outside of Heaven.
To summarize this celebration does not glorify Jesus but draws attention to spirits of death.
Let me ask you again, knowing this would you send your children out to participate in a celebration dedicated to the dead, no matter how cleaned up we have tried to make it?
Perhaps you are still not convinced but know this; the demonic kingdom loves our ignorance and relies on our rationalization.
Anton LeVay, the founder of the church of Satan, stated, “I’m glad Christian’s parents allow their children to worship the devil at least one night of the year.’
That sounds like Hosea 4:6 to me!
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.”
I have shared in an earlier Halloween article about my daughter experiencing great fear after going out on Halloween. She is sensitive to things in the spirit realm and very gifted by God. She could see and feel the spiritual oppression of Halloween even at 3 years old. One year she asked me why I took her out there to trick or treat and followed with, “Don’t you love me?” We figured all that out later when my eyes finally opened to see what she did.
I see the same torment in children brought to our counseling office with issues of fear. To their parents surprise the costumes they saw while out amongst the reveler’s seared fearful images into their little minds.
One little boy blurted right out, “No mom, it was all because of that Halloween that you took me to trick or treat at the nursing home. That is where I first saw the demon that visits me every night!”
What I heard in that statement was a spirit of fear took advantage of an open door made possible by his parents at Halloween.
So again, I ask you, is it worth it? Do you let your children watch movies filled with fear? No? Then why let them out in an environment dedicated to it? Demons are all too happy to snatch these little souls into their realm of torment.
Halloween is not a one size fits all. Your child’s experience may not be the same as yours.
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