“Among all the festivals which we celebrate today, few have histories stranger than that of Halloween. It is the eve of All Hallows—or Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day—and as such it is one of the most solemn festivals of the church. At the same time, it commemorates beings and rites with which the church has always been at war. It is the night when ghosts walk and fairies and goblins are abroad… We cannot understand this curious mixture unless we go back into history and unravel the threads from which the present holiday pattern has been woven.” (from R. & A. Linton)
How should believers think about Halloween? Must it be rejected as an “evil” or “devilish” holiday, or can Christians receive aspects and redeem others of this candy-coated dress up day? Justin Holcomb writes an engaging article that explains the history of the holiday, how Christians in various ages and denominations have reacted to Oct. 31, and encourages all Christians – whether you like his article or not – to engage carefully and thoughtfully about the idea of Halloween. Hopefully, reading this article will stimulate us all to think biblically about Halloween and all holidays.