Halloween is one of the "high holy days" in the practice of wicca, sorcerers, and devil worshippers in addition to being a secular observance. On this night, and nights leading up to it, law enforcement officials notice an increase in occultic crime and ritualistic killings evidenced by symbolic markings at the scene, excessive loss of blood in the victims, and organs removed in a certain manner in victims. It is a time of increased abduction of children and animals.


Is there any reference in the Bible to these practices? Deuteronomy 18:9-14 states: "When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.


"For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so."


Instead, Ephesians 5:8-13 says: "...for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret."


Many churches have children's fairs and youth rallies in which parents who feel their children should not participate in Halloween may take their children to engage in Christ-centered activities instead.


May we encourage you to let the Holy Spirit be your guide in your decision? We also caution against reviling others, whatever your decision may be, but instead "sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." (1 Peter 3:15)


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