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I’m starting a new series today (Sept 22) called “Confessions of a Halloween Junkie.” In this series, I will be focusing on what God says, through the scriptures, about Autumn and Halloween. Autumn is my favorite time of the year and I will be sharing my  poetry, everything pumpkin and pumpkin spice related, foods of the season and much more. Some posts will be serious and others will be fun. If you enjoy this time of the year, come join me on my Facebook page – Faith, Hope & Wellness – and dive into this series with me.

This time of the year has always been so special to me – I was born in the Autumn (early November), I love the colors and yes Halloween has been a favorite holiday for many years. And now, I feel it is time to let Halloween go.

Why do I feel like I should stop celebrating Halloween? God! I feel as if He is asking me – How can you serve Me and celebrate a holiday that is all about pagan worship? I know many Christians celebrate Halloween in some form, but I’m not following Christianity, I’m following God, the Creator of the Universe. And the truth is – if He asks me to let something go – I better do it!

Halloween celebrations in the United States may not resemble its roots in pagan beliefs and practices. Our celebrations tend to be about dressing up, getting candy and just plain fun. Does that mean its okay for me to participate in Halloween? I will look at scripture and look deeper into the roots of Halloween and see if God approves or not.

Disclaimer: I feel I should say that I’m not telling anyone to stop celebrating Halloween that is between you and God, but as you read what I’m sharing ask God to reveal His truth to you. Only by knowing the truth can we be set free (John 8:32).

I want to share some verses that have stuck out to me concerning the celebration of Halloween and its origins in pagan worship:

When you enter the land Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to learn to do the abominations of those nations. There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or a fortune-teller, soothsayer, omen reader, or sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or a medium, a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is an abomination to Adonai, and because of these abominations Adonai your God is driving them out from before you. You are to be blameless before Adonai your God. – Deuteronomy 18:9-13 TLV

What stands out to me – being blameless before God.

Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophetic messages, but test all things, hold fast to what is good, keep away from every kind of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 TLV

Does my celebration of Halloween grieve the Holy Spirit?

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. – 1 Corinthians 10:21 TLV

I really don’t want to give up everything about Halloween – watching movies, the celebration with my dearest friend (we’ve made Halloween a tradition throughout our friendship), and decorating. And I know some of you out there probably won’t understand why it even matters and that I should do whatever makes me happy. I’m here to tell you right now – doing anything that goes against God – doesn’t make me happy, no matter how much I will miss it. I will end with Galatians 5:17:

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. – Galatians 5:17 NLT

Join me for my next post – I know this one was serious – the next will be more lighthearted. Take care and Happy 1st Day of Autumn!