Christians and Halloween

Around this time of year, many Christians throughout the United States discuss the issue of whether followers of Jesus Christ should celebrate, observe, and/or participate in Halloween traditions (such as trick-or-treating, handing candy out to those who do, dressing up in costumes, etc.). Granted, many Christians are confused as to why there needs to be any discussion at all–some are staunchly convinced that Christians should have no part in this holiday that seems to have clear pagan roots; others see no harm in Christians joining in the fun of what seems to be a fairly secular occasion.

Here are some perspectives:

1. Travis Allen’s article “Christians and Halloween” at

2. Jeremiah Johnson’s article “Separation, Purity, and Halloween” at

3. Michael Foust’s article at the Christian Examiner website

4. Tim Challies’ article “Trick or Retreat” on his website

5. Tim Challies’ other article “My Halloween Theory,” also from his website