Breakthrough at Halloween – Brian Dash

Hallelujah in the Halloween

Finding the ‘Why’ and the ‘Way Forward’ in Halloween


Including some thoughts from Canon J John

The spiritual dimension

2 Kings 3: 21 – 27

What happens in the spiritual impacts what happens in the ‘natural’

It took a leader to sacrifice a child on the walls of what should have protected them to release evil

The child should have been their future.



1. Halloween celebrates evil

It glorifies the dark, creepy and scary side of life

Children and adults dress up as figures that are ‘evil’: witches, vampires, ghosts and demons

You can dress like a chainsaw killer, a psychopathic butcher or even a shooting victim

Our society should spend time and energy encouraging children to care for others and to know the difference between right and wrong. Yet on this one day, we throw all those values away and glorify everything that is evil and unpleasant. Talk about sending out mixed messages!


2. Halloween is unhelpful

We live in a world where every parent and teacher takes care to warn children that strangers may pose a threat and that they need to take precautions

Yet at Halloween we discard that rule and encourage children to go and knock on doors and accept sweets from strangers. Another mixed message!

We also suggest that by bullying people with threats we can get some kind of treat

We wouldn’t accept this behaviour at any other time of the year


3. Halloween trivialises bad things

No one is in doubt that evil is serious and that muggings, stabbings and serious accidents are horrendous.

Yet, again, Halloween breaks the rules.

On this day we pretend that death, deformity and injury are no more than kids’ play!


4. Halloween is offensive

You could simply say that scaring kids is unhelpful, but there is a more subtle and troubling issue.

Halloween costumes frequently centre on deformities, gory wounds and disfigurement.

Consider how you would feel about that if you yourself were a burns victim, were severely disabled or had suffered horrendous scarring.

Do we really want to spread the message that disfigurement equates to evil?


5. Halloween is getting worse

Concerns about Halloween do not simply come from those of us with a ‘religious agenda’.

Increasingly, other people are expressing concern, particularly about the way that Halloween seems to be getting darker and nastier every year.

Carved pumpkins were, I suppose, pretty harmless; the new blood-stained axe murderers are not.

If we don’t like the direction that Halloween is going in, then maybe it’s time to stop celebrating it.


6. Halloween allows evil a victory

In some older Halloween traditions people dressed up in clothes that made them look evil and then, at the end of the evening, the outfits were burnt.

The message was clear if naive: in the end, good triumphs over evil.

Yet there is no hint of that in the modern Halloween.

Now, evil is unchallenged and just slips away into the darkness, to return at some other time.

That’s not the message our world needs today.


Our response to Halloween

Hallelujah Party

Look behind the mask to the person and pray for every trick and treater that comes to your door

UCB bag of goodies – treat & a tract

Notice on the door asking them to come back when they want to sing some carols at Christmas

Explain that we are teaching mixed messages to children etc

To conclude:

Col 3: 1 – 17