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Halloween is an annual celebration with supernatural themes. It is often an occasion for costume parties, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. Because of its pagan origins, it is often criticised by religions, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses [1] and Christian evangelicals. Other religions and Christian denominations tolerate the festival or celebrate it with a religious emphasis.

Celebrations like Halloween are in conflict with Bible teachings. The Bible warns: “There must never be anyone among you who . . . practices divination, who is soothsayer, augur or sorcerer, who uses charms, consults ghosts or spirits, or calls up the dead.” - Deuteronomy 18:10-11 Bible-icon.png [1]

Other Bible verses cited include: Leviticus 19:31 Bible-icon.png Galatians 5:19-21 Bible-icon.png.


Skeptical perspective

Since there is no such thing as magic or demons, there are no supernatural risks involved in celebrating Halloween.

Fundamentalist Christian alternatives

In some areas of the United States, fundamentalist churches arrange an alternative to the Halloween "haunted house": a Christian "hell house" in which scenes of a person dying, being judged by God and going to either Heaven or Hell are re-enacted. [2] These productions are intended to strengthen faith and convince undecided people to commit more fully. The argument is simply avoidance of hell.


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