On Halloween, the Modern Day Church, and the Satanic Panic

I get it. Most of the current set of pastors out there grew up during the Satanic Panic, and it was during this time frame that most of Christian mythology surrounding this Christian holiday came into being. And now it’s being perpetuated into our current church every year by the people who fell for it. Those who drank the Halloween koolaid so to speak. I get it. Y’all don’t know any better. But I wasn’t actually going to write about this, this year. It’s not a topic I wanted to cover. But this type of ignorance is what pushes pagans deeper into the occult. This is what sends people coming out of it right back in. Or even worse still, this is what causes many ex occultists to walk away from a church, especially at this time of year, to avoid the driving rage against the ignorance we hear coming from the pulpits about the origins of this holiday. If you weren’t involved in the occult, don’t presume to speak of its history, much less trying to speak of the ties to Halloween. The straws most pastors grasp at are tenuous at best, in regards to this thing. It drives an ex nuts to hear these things. Especially when asked about it, and then having most of what was said ignored including the scriptures to hold together ones convictions on how to handle it. 

I’m gonna tell you something that you already know. It’s real easy to find scriptures to support your bias on any subject. When the opening line of a sermon starts with a hate of Halloween, my first impression is that you are a tad biased. Then you start pulling the verses to support your hate of the supposed evils of this holiday, and prove me right. 

First off, there’s way too many people making this mistake in connections of history to Halloween in America. Just because the Irish brought it here when they had their mass exodus and settled here, doesn’t make it an ancient Celtic holiday. Care to guess what the religion that was prevalent in Ireland was? Ding! Catholicism. The Catholic Church instituted the holiday called All Hallows’ Eve. A day of remembrance of the saints who had been martyred for their faith. Followed by all Saints Day, likely a day to celebrate Christ granting His church the power to become sons of God. 

Halloween did not start out as Samhain. That particular lie also came about in the Satanic Panic of the 80s. Samhain was a Harvest Festival, celebrated after the end of the harvest, and a whole season. But it was seldom on the same day and had no calendar date. The day of Samhain itself is in flux. Most of the west is desensitized to the flow of the seasons, but of those who feel the flow, even they will tell you that Samhain falls after or sometimes before October 31st, and almost never on it. 

Yes. They dressed up. Before Christ came to the world, all they knew was the darkness. These cultures of the Celts and Norse from all over those isles lived in conjunction with the other world and in the shadow of it. They had no way to protect themselves from the demons that walked the earth during this season that they could see. The veil of separation thinned and things passed through. So they dressed up in hopes of confusing the demons and come through the season unharmed. 

They held bonfires. That’s common in many cultures for that time of year, as they push off the darkness that they fear, because suddenly the days are getting shorter, and the nights longer. It’s actually a sensible thing to do in a culture that is afraid of the monsters that dwell in the darkness. These things make perfect sense when considered in how their cultures functioned. There is no connection to doing anything demonic in these things. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. 

Condemning Halloween because of these things is the same as condemning Christmas for having Christmas trees. Or Easter for the bunny and the egg hunt. Or even your birthday for celebrations of oneself. 

As there are superstitious Christians who don’t celebrate Halloween because they believe the falsehood that it is a pagan holiday, there are pagans who don’t celebrate because it is a Christian holiday. 

Personally, I look forward to Halloween each year. Candy. Kids. Communities coming together to do something. This seldom happens at any other holiday. 

This day out of the year should be the most important holiday for Christians. The mission field comes to us. We can show them love and give them candy and tracts at the same time.  We can be the light. 

We can throw Halloween parties and plan it to bring light to the world in that location as though we are the bonfires that the ancient cultures used to push back the darkness. The Holy Ghost expects us to stand against the darkness. That does not mean we get to turn our backs on a holiday that many ascribe to Satan in word and deed, because that just allows the darkness to fill that holiday. 

Wake up, Church. It’s time to stop being superstitious and start getting our game on. We are the Bride of Christ. Who shall we fear? Why would we fear Satan, who has no power over us, when Jesus said that all power had been given to us to tread on serpents and scorpions?

Flee the Christian mythos of this time of year. And please.. don’t pass off “The Witch’s Invitation” as a true story again. There are so many flaws in that example of witchcraft that it is beyond obvious to me that it’s a fraudulent work of fiction.  

Have a lovely day. 


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