Watch this video for some of the history on Halloween, I don't agree with the choice of music, and beware of some of the dark pictures they use to expose Halloween but it asks a good question. "Why would a Christian ever want to take part in a holiday that honors Satan"?
The other day, the guilty parties shall remain nameless, I realized an old church pal, had pictures up of her children at [last] Halloween and one was dressed as a witch! This was someone I knew attended a good fundamentalist church, so I thought to myself, what was the thinking there? Many church-attending self confessing Christians celebrate Halloween with no reservations.
What else to expect in the land where Harry Potter is praised, horror movies shown year around and when someone sees the messages in mainstream "Christianity": such as in this older Christianity Today article: subtitled: "Why Christians should embrace the devilish holiday with gusto—and laughter.". If one takes part in the message board world, and decries Halloween, they will soon find this is a holiday, that people defend to the ends of the earth, claiming that Halloween is all in fun, it's healthy fantasy for the children to dress up and get candy. Well I say to that, one doesn't have to dress their children up as ghouls, witches, and Freddy from Friday the 13th to give their children some candy once in a while. Halloween is satanic evil, and celebrates total death, darkness, divination and seeking after familiar spirits.
Things are scary when you see the Christian world, embracing the updated Celtic holiday of warding off demons via witchcraft, writing books like this one. The entire title on the picture below reads " The Magic Eightball Test: A Christian Defense of Halloween and All Things Spooky"
This Catholic blogger praises the "fun" of Halloween and celebrates the book above. I know even from 2006 of a Halloween Mass. Here is a video of another Halloween Catholic Mass. The below is a picture of a Catholic altar decked out for Halloween:
That said, the Catholics are in a religion intertwined with Halloween and its history, the word Halloween being rooted in being named after the evening before All Saints Day, and their websites extol the "Christian" roots of Halloween.
The Catholic church openly promotes Halloween with the exception of some of the more conservative Catholic voices decrying divination and the occult. Here one priest is open in his promotion of the holiday:
Let's begin by looking at the word Halloween. Hallow is the same word for "holy" that we find in the Lord's prayer, and e'en is a contraction of the word "evening."
Thus, the word Halloween means "holy-evening" which is a shortened form of "All Hallows Eve," - the night before All Saints Day. This holiday or "holy-day," if properly understood and celebrated, can be a way for us to deepen our understanding of our faith.
Halloween is promoted as something to celebrate with Catholic priests writing articles praising Halloween all the time, When I was a Catholic child, our school openly celebrated Halloween, and knowing the evil influences Halloween had on me, many children are being led to the dark side, seeing it as "fun", "glamorous" and more. Some even make Halloween into a lifestyle going "Goth", dressing all in black and celebrating the occult and darkness 24/7.
The Evangelical World is no better as I showed above, and as they follow Rome's influence, Halloween is becoming popular in many so called Christian circles. Look at this blogger who equates celebrating Halloween oddly with love. More and more rejecting Halloween is lambasted as the domain of "hateful" fundamentalists among these evangelical circles. Discernment is gone, as a holiday that displays the demonic openly is fully embraced.
Many self confessing Christian parents are no different then the world as they send their children to go trick or treating which itself is sinful, in threatening people with "tricks" if they do not come up with candy. The video above, the author of the video states he is against Harvest Fests being done in churches. I share that position too, it seems yet another compromise even if well-intentioned on the surface, that instead of teaching children how evil Halloween is and that Christians are to stay away, that a compromise can be made instead. Having the kids attend a "Christian" version of a Halloween celebration is a bad idea.
I do not even agree with participating in the trick or treat rituals to pass out tracts. There are many more opportunities to pass out tracts then compromising with Halloween celebrations. Stay away from those who teach Halloween is a "Christian" holiday or that it can be redeemed.If anything a Christian needs to be in prayer on this dark holiday, praying for protection for those taken over by it's evil and praying for the children that they one day understand the truth.