I trust this message finds you well. As we approach the end of October, I felt it important to share some insights on the origins of Halloween and why, as a Christian-based business, we’ve chosen to approach this holiday with discernment and caution.
Origins of Halloween
Originally known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” Halloween has its roots in ancient Celtic festivals. The Celts celebrated Samhain on October 31, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. They believed that on this night, the boundary between the living and the dead blurred, allowing ghosts to return to Earth.
To protect themselves, the Celts lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off these spirits. Over time, Roman and Christian traditions merged with Celtic rituals. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a day to honor saints, known as All Saints’ Day. The evening before, All Hallows’ Eve, eventually became Halloween.
Where Christian Values Meet Halloween
While All Saints’ Day was instituted by the Christian church to honor saints and martyrs, many of the secular traditions associated with Halloween—like dressing up as ghosts, witches, or other supernatural entities—can be seen as conflicting with Christian beliefs, particularly those emphasizing the spiritual warfare between good and evil.
For many Christians, the emphasis on the occult, spirits, and darkness during Halloween can be disconcerting, and they may choose not to participate in certain aspects of the holiday.
A Call to Reflect
We’re not suggesting that everyone who celebrates Halloween supports or believes in its ancient origins. For many, it’s a time for community, dressing up, and sharing treats. However, as with all things, it’s crucial to reflect on our actions and ensure they align with our core beliefs.
For those who choose to participate in Halloween festivities, consider alternatives that are more in line with Christian values. Many churches host “Fall Festivals” or “Trunk or Treat” events, emphasizing community and fellowship rather than the darker themes of Halloween.
In closing, our intention isn’t to condemn or judge, but to provide a perspective for consideration. Let’s use this season as a reminder to reflect upon our actions, remain rooted in our faith, and prioritize what genuinely aligns with our beliefs.