Why, yes! Some Christians do celebrate Halloween, just not in an ominous way. There really are no specific mentions of the word “Halloween” in the Bible.
The closest reference is in I John 2:15-17, which is often paraphrased as “Be in the world but not of the world.” And as our pastor says, we strive to do everything “short of sin” to bring people to Jesus.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Do Christians Celebrate Halloween in Church?
I grew up in a strict Baptist church that refused to acknowledge Halloween as any kind of a holiday. Thankfully, my parents didn’t follow along with the church’s thinking.
My mother believed we were in the world, not of the world. Since we weren’t pagans or devil worshipers and didn’t practice any “black magic,” or call upon demons in our house, there was nothing wrong with letting her kids have some fun.
So while our church was totally against celebrating Halloween, my mother always made sure we were ready. She had our costumes and bags or plastic pumpkins ready to go out and get our candy. She and my father also stocked up on goodies to hand out to the neighbor kids when they came knocking.
I remember one year at AWANA, not at our regular church but a neighboring one, we had a Halloween party at the church. One of the games was everyone was blindfolded while passing around creepy food items; grapes for eyes and cold, cooked spaghetti as brains. It was a lot of fun!
Our Christian Church Celebrates Halloween
We have a Harvest Fest at our church and many kids come dressed in their Halloween costumes. We have buckets of candy placed around the church building and outside. We have games set up for kids and adults to play and win prizes. It’s a fun and amazing outreach event every year.
On Halloween, at both of our church locations, we set up for “Trunk or Treat” night in the churches parking lots. Neighborhood families bring their kids by in their costumes and get their bags and buckets filled with candy and goodies.
The parents get to meet many of our church regulars, including the pastors and their families. It’s a great way to reach out and invite people to church, planting the seed of God’s Word during a night of fun and festivities.
While many Christian churches may not celebrate Halloween, We Are THAT Church and we own it!