Halloween is a holiday celebrated all over the world. The history of Halloween is very rich with many different people and beliefs, including Christianity, joining together. Over time it has meshed many cultures and traditions in to the holiday we celebrate today. There are many different views on whether Halloween should be celebrated by present day Christians.
Halloween started as a Celtic holiday. The Celtics celebrated their new year on November 1st and the day before became known as a day where the dead could join in on the land of the living. The pagan celebration included wearing costumes to confuse evil spirits and bonfires. As people moved about the world and traditions evolved, Christianity eventually adopted the Celtic new year as All Saints Day and also celebrated the eve before. Many of the same celebrations for earlier Halloweens were carried on in to the Christian tradition.
Today, Halloween, has become to be viewed by many as a day of devil worship and evil. Many Christian denominations have denounced the holiday and do not take part in celebrations despite Christianity’s involvement in its current formation. It is viewed it as a pagan holiday. Also, Halloween has become an increasingly commercialized holiday generating huge apparel, décor, and candy sales each year. Some Christian denominations do not join in due to its material nature.
There are many positive aspects to Halloween. During “trick or treating” neighborhood’s can come together for a night of community. Neighbors can get to know others in their vicinity and develop friendships. Family and friends can enjoy parties and costume wearing together. Many fun, wholesome games and events can be held at such celebrations. Halloween can be a fun holiday for all ages of Christians celebrating with Christian values and beliefs; it is a Christian’s choice to celebrate the holiday in a way acceptable to them.
Although Halloween has its present day form spread from many different roots, it can still be viewed as a Christian holiday. As with most other Christian holidays, a pagan holiday was embraced with a Christian perspective in the church. Although many Christian denominations may be uncomfortable with some aspects of how Halloween is celebrated by others, Halloween can still be celebrated by Christians. It can be viewed as a fun holiday for adults and children to enjoy before the celebration of Saints the following day, and can be enjoyed in a way they feel comfortable celebrating it.