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Is it hypocritical for Christians to participate in Halloween activities?

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Asked by Zanjea at 11:41 AM on Oct. 30, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • no, why would it be? halloween is just for kids to get candy and have fun

    Answer by shay1130 at 11:43 AM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Naw, I'm a Christian and see nothing wrong with enjoying Halloween.

    Answer by LuvBug3 at 11:43 AM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Nope, I'm Christian and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I do think it's hypocritical for Christians to judge those who do celebrate it, though.

    Answer by scout_mom at 11:54 AM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • halloween is not just for kids and candy lol but if you wanted to make a thing out of it, eater, christmas etc is hypocritical too

    Answer by gonefishin at 12:12 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • No i don't think it's Hypocritical at all.

    Answer by annlukas at 12:13 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • No more than it's hypocritical for an atheist to celebrate Christmas as a family holiday (meaning No, it's not.) It's a day of fun for the kids.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 12:18 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • No more so than when Christians participate in Christmas activities.

    Answer by purpleducky at 12:23 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • No, of course not.

    The Celtic year was separated in to two equal halves, the Light Half and the Dark Half. Samhain is the Pagan celebration marking the Celtic New Year and the Beginning of the Dark Half of the year - Winter... In the early days of the Christian faith, Samhain was changed to Hallowmas, or All Saints' Day, to commemorate the souls of the blessed dead who had been canonized that year, so the night before became popularly known as Halloween, All Hallows Eve, or Hollantide. November 2nd became All Souls Day, when prayers were to be offered to the souls of all who the departed and those who were waiting in Purgatory for entry into Heaven.

    So, Halloween itself is in fact not an evil celebration, it's got nothing to do with the devil, and it's only loosely Pagan. In is in fact Halloween is the combination of those Ancient Pagan celebrations and the Newer Christian beliefs. Today's Pagans tend to celebrate Samhain.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:35 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • Sorry, I ran out of room...

    Today's Halloween is merely a reflection of those combined celebrations from day's past. Plus the majority of people don't celebrate Halloween with any form of religious beliefs attached, it's become purely secular. So for a Christian to celebrate Halloween would generally be no different than a Christian celebrating Thanksgiving or any other secular holiday, and there are in fact Christian beliefs and traditions which have been historically attached to the day.

    I do believe it would be wrong (from a Christian standpoint) for a Christian to celebrate Samhain, but Halloween is open for all! Enjoy!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:43 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

  • nope...unless they teach against Halloween yet still have a party and dress up in costumes and give out candy near the Halloween date. i think thats hypocritical.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:07 PM on Oct. 30, 2010

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