A cross carved into jack o lantern
Would God approve of His flock celebrating a holiday with pagan origins?

The 22-year-old supermodel wife of Justin Beiber is defending her love of Halloween after her Instagram followers questioned how she can reconcile her love of the spooky holiday with her faith in God.

Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) recently asked her 23 million fans to help her brainstorm Halloween costume ideas. As she considered fun options like Catwoman or Bride of Chucky, her followers labeled her a 'FAKE CHRISTIAN' for even mentioning the upcoming holiday. And while Mrs. Bieber has tried to contrast the "real, funny goofy side" she displays on Instagram with a more pious desire to "represent Jesus" within the modeling industry, that one little comment has since resurrected the age-old debate as to whether celebrating an ancient pagan holiday associated with occult practices and ghastly imagery makes you any less of a Jesus lover.

Should Christians really celebrate Halloween?

Would God Approve?

It may help to understand that Halloween is a holiday with pagan origins.

Pagan celebration of Samhain
_George Cruikshank Herne's Oak from 'The Merry Wives of Windsor._

Today, Halloween is almost entirely secular, divorced from its pagan origins. But for those wondering just what the big deal is between Christians and Halloween, the late evangelist Billy Graham's website sheds some light. "For some people, this holiday is a time for dress-up and candy; it is an opportunity for fun," begins the explanation. "Others express concern for their children's safety or for the emphasis that is often made on violence or horror at this time of year they are aware that some groups celebrate Halloween as a tribute to Satan."

There's also the concern that some use Halloween as an excuse to let their worst impulses loose. Some kids engage in criminal mischief, some adults drink too much, and everyone probably eats a little too much candy. And some Christians might turn their nose up at the horror movies many watch during October, many of which are focused on occult figures like ghosts or demons.

However, Graham goes on to point out that as the precursor to "All Saints' Day", Halloween is also tied to Martin Luther and the Reformation, and can therefore also be celebrated by Christians as a tribute to religious freedom.

Graham's website also suggests that, for those Christians that are truly struggling, dressing you or your children as positive role models from films or comics - or even Bible heroes - might be a good compromise. Or, they say, accept it as an opportunity to evangelize about Christ's love to the scores of candy-seeking children coming to your door.

Harmless Fun or Demonic Corruption?

But before you follow Graham's advice to ditch the regular ghoulish costumes and provide Gospel tracts to doorbell-ringing children, remember that dressing up on Halloween as Mrs. Bieber was all but crucified for on social media is no less Christian than taking your kids to the mall to see Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Neither has much to do with Christianity in the first place.

We're lucky enough to live in a country where the separation of church and state means that otherwise harmless secular holidays (even those steeped in ancient pagan traditions) don't have to be forsaken.

Perhaps it's best not to overthink what has essentially turned into a costume party for children throughout the years. After all, there are plenty of wholesome activities families can partake in together this Halloween season: Carving jack-o-lanterns, roasting the seeds, hanging orange lights around the house, even dressing up in matching costumes.

Ultimately, Christians may want to consider embracing the community aspect of Halloween and love thy trick-or-treating neighbor by supplying lots of good candy.

80 comments

  1. Chris's Avatar Chris

    Considering "Christians" have stolen all their other "Holy Holidays" from pagans, what's the big deal? If she wants to celebrate Halloween, fine. If her holier-than-thou followers can't handle this then maybe they should examine their own beliefs.

    1. Mike Martinez's Avatar Mike Martinez

      I couldn't agree more Chris.

      1. shalena m williams's Avatar shalena m williams

        i am with you too Chris,I think it is what you choose to be,will be the spirit you invite.

        1. shalena m williams's Avatar shalena m williams

          as a christian myself I can tell you how bittersweet it is to celebrate christmas.we celebrate the birth of christ with a tree

          1. KENNETH's Avatar KENNETH

            and expensive gifts that have nothing to do with the Birth of christ

          2. Norma Battes's Avatar Norma Battes

            ...a young tree cut down from a forest. (Just cracking wise.)

    2. rayfromri's Avatar rayfromri

      Agreed 1000% Halloween was a pagan Holy Day not all that different than day of the dead. To many pagans today it still is a holy day, but for many modern people it is a fun harmless secular day to enjoy part of our rich cultural heritage. To those born again people who want to suck the fun out of life, they should keep their silly Opinionated beliefs to THEMSELVES. How often do we see on a regular basis that Born Again Religious leaders failing in their own beliefs by lying, raping, stealing and falling down drunk. and then asking for "forgiveness" and then go around condemning everything other s do with out having learned in the 1st place to be forgiving of others and allow others to live their lives how they want to... Halloween is a day of fun,if it is done right.... and if You or Some feel it is not then keep your opinions to your self with out condemning what others are doing .... Majority of people want to have some fun on this day, and they are not out to hurt anyone... You want to point the finger then remember 3 of those fingers are pointing right back at You.... As the bible say "Judge Not Least YE BE Judged"...!!!

      1. Clarke Alexander's Avatar Clarke Alexander

        Well Said. Many religious people believe that if you are having fun you are sinning.

    3. Gloria Palmer's Avatar Gloria Palmer

      Chris you are so correct! Why do they single out this holiday when they have "borrowed" all the others?

    4. Sandra Lent's Avatar Sandra Lent

      Same, Chris

    5. Guardian's Avatar Guardian

      The reality is anyone can create good or evil at anytime. It's you and the people you are with that make the day, any day of the year at all.

    6. David Ciambrone's Avatar David Ciambrone

      You are right. Easter is also stolen.

    7. Paul's Avatar Paul

      Chris, would it be inappropriate for me to say "Amen!" Pagan have lost Samhain (Hallowe'en), Yule (Christmas) and Ostara (Easter); other Pagan days of observance are ignored by Christians. It's a shame when one person's religious days observance are considered "evil" by another religion.

  1. Dr. Tinsley Keefe's Avatar Dr. Tinsley Keefe

    “God” is fake, and all religions are a conglomerate of cults...time and education will show that. ?

  1. Ben's Avatar Ben

    Halloween is a American holiday. Now celebrating Samhain would be a different story.

    1. Gloria Palmer's Avatar Gloria Palmer

      So very true, the Halloween most in America know is just that an American holiday. I will celebrate Samhain.

      1. rayfromri's Avatar rayfromri

        Agreed Gloria, this is what religious freedom and separation of church and state is all about.... Blessed BE...!!!

  1. sibyltheheretic's Avatar sibyltheheretic

    The holidays that Christians really miss are the salem witch trials, the albigensian crusade and the inquisitions. Oh and the fire pits where they burned all of the religious texts that they didn't want people to see.

    1. Sage's Avatar Sage

      That was the Roman Church was it not?

      1. sibyltheheretic's Avatar sibyltheheretic

        Constantine commissioned the Bible to appease his mother and churches have been using it to justify their inhuman treatment of the heathens ever since.

        1. Stephanie Willey's Avatar Stephanie Willey

          Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea to consolidate, increase, and ensure his political and economic power. The Bible is just an aside of the proceedings assembled to appease the various views and agendas of the Bishops.

      2. rayfromri's Avatar rayfromri

        Sage, it was the Protestants in New England, and Catholics and Protestents in Europe that killed all the alleged and Falsely Accused Women and Men as witch and put them to death in the 1600's!!!

        1. David Ciambrone's Avatar David Ciambrone

          Yes, all christian churches were involved over the years with "cleansing" pagans. Not just the Catholics. And Halloween has noting to do with the devil.

  1. Eric k's Avatar Eric k

    Taking this holiday too serious is unhealthy, these days were meant for fun not religous celebration

    1. Mike Martinez's Avatar Mike Martinez

      Thumbs up Eric!

    2. Guardian's Avatar Guardian

      I agree Eric. I usually refrain from commenting on the nonsense. I thought I may be able to help. However, the majority of these comments seem to be coming from those that already have all of the answers. They are finding what they want to find.

    3. Dr. Dorothy Rutherford-Steiss's Avatar Dr. Dorothy Rutherford-Steiss

      Thank you Eric. I love the holiday for the sheer fun of dressing up and enjoying the many children who come to my house for trick or treat. Maybe we should focus on their innocence and joy on holidays rather than cynical doubt or difference in belief systems. Happy Halloween to all who see this post!

  1. Dan Atatakai's Avatar Dan Atatakai

    These "Christians" are concerned about the pagan roots of Halloween? Do they not bother to look at the pagan roots of Christmas as well? The Yule Log, the Christmas Tree, the lights on the tree, the holly, the mistletoe? It is all pagan as well as much much more.

    Remember that the celebration of Jesus' birth on December 25th was a "hook" to get the people who celebrated the three days and nights of the winter solstice to continue celebrating life in their church, so the church could get more money. It certainly was NOT for really celebrating the birth of Jesus, given he was most likely born in March or April, if he even existed at all.

    1. Alfred Arnold's Avatar Alfred Arnold

      yeshua was born 6 months after john who was born on passover

      1. Bob Anderson's Avatar Bob Anderson

        Alfred Arnold: "yeshua" was never born...period.

    2. Sandra Lent's Avatar Sandra Lent

      You are very right.

    3. Bob Anderson's Avatar Bob Anderson

      Not only is Xmas stolen from pagans, but so is Easter. Face it christians, your entire religious belief system is based on pagan "myths" an rituals. Too bad for you.

      1. David Ciambrone's Avatar David Ciambrone

        well said

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    I vote for harmless fun.

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    1. sibyltheheretic's Avatar sibyltheheretic

      "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." I bet Elbert Hubbard was a fun guy to hang out with on Halloween.

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        If you have a long face at my funeral I will never speak to you again.

        (Stan Laurel on his death bed.)

        I plan on echoing those same words on my death bed.

        ?❤️

  1. Kathryn's Avatar Kathryn

    Most Christian holidays have their roots in Pagan/Roman history. Horrific crimes, mass shootings, wars are not predominately committed during the Hallowe'en season, but throughout the year. The devil is a myth created by man to alibi his or her bad deeds, i.e., 'the devil made me do it'. Get a grip, folks......sheeesh.

    Kathryn

  1. fuguestateknits's Avatar fuguestateknits

    Hell: the myth to keep the masses in line:(

  1. Rowland Barkley's Avatar Rowland Barkley

    "Would God approve of His flock celebrating a holiday with pagan origins?" Certainly not! Is there any holiday without Pagan origins? Certainly not! The remaining options are to have no holidays, or celebrate all the gods and Goddesses you wish.

  1. Bob's Avatar Bob

    The origins of Halloween are irrelevant. All that matters is what is the motivation for our current practices. People celebrate Halloween today as a fun time for kids to dress up and get treats. Almost no one is doing it to celebrate some pagan right. People who bring that up are just looking for something to complain about.

  1. Alexia Martinez's Avatar Alexia Martinez

    It is ok regardless of the origins.Its no different the non hispanics having sugar skull deco( Dia de los Muertos) or non Irish wearing green during St. Patricks day. It should not matter so long as family/community are a part. With so much hate today so what... have some innocent fun.

  1. Thom's Avatar Thom

    This is not an issue. They can of course celebrate this day the calander we use is a pagen calander so is the Christmas tree peoply that shamed her are ignorant stupid or both

  1. Sparky Runner's Avatar Sparky Runner

    One thing that bothers me in my travils around the planet is this Billy Graham influence on American Christianity after he had become the BFF to the Grand Worshipful Master of the FBI Freemasons, GHW Bush. Why was he picked over all the other American scholars to change American Christianity???

  1. Robin Will's Avatar Robin Will

    What bothers me most is that some need to justify their beliefs by bashing the beliefs of others. They twist and turn the 'face value' of an event, holiday or practice to get people to see their views. I see children parading around in their costumes, laughing, playing and simply having fun. Children need fun and a sense of family and community; we all need fun and community!!!! Enjoy your candy gathering activities young and old alike. The others can go to their church and pray for our souls and a better world. Choices!

  1. Rik Venerable's Avatar Rik Venerable

    Turn an originally demonic night into a silly and fun night, Christians win once more.

  1. hirundine608's Avatar hirundine608

    I am not a Christian yet know and love God. You do not need to be a Christian to see that demonic forces use the day. I notice the rational is, "harmless fun"? Not sure where it is fun? That is for each to determine. Just be aware of the consequences, maybe? Cheers.

  1. William's Avatar William

    Regardless of cultural acceptance, Biblical Doctrine and principles do NOT change. "We the people" do not over rule God. He is Sovereign over All. His Word stands. Like it or not. Tracing holidays ("holy" days) and celebrations far enough back...it all goes to the Two Trees. God and the tree of Life or the tree of pleasure and Death...Hallowed Eve...a celebration of the day of the dead...the day God shut His people in the ark and destroyed all life that was on Earth. Celebrate death? How defiant and proud against the most High God!

  1. Mary's Avatar Mary

    Personal freedom is important for each of us, and we do well to seek Wisdom in our choices. Yes, children of all ages shall enjoy celebration, and mindfully so, since knowing what we are celebrating brings depth and expansion to our being. Awareness that there are satanists who kidnap children for sacrifice to empower their evil agendas is important so the innocent are protected while enjoying their celebrations. To deny that Halloween has a very dark side would be both blind and unwise...the choice is ours, and however we choose, let it be from the Heart to bring more Love into our world.

  1. David Hawkins's Avatar David Hawkins

    Considering the actual act of going around to neighbors houses asking for food, came about during a time famine and depression. They would beg for food. Yes I know about the Gaelic celebration of Samhain. Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.

  1. Marsha Bird's Avatar Marsha Bird

    Honestly, biblically speaking, none of the holidays except Jewish holidays should be celebrated. So, if you are a Christian, any holiday besides the ones laid out in the old testament shouldn't be celebrated. I'm a Christian, and I'm pretty sure that Jesus changed all that... Because he's the reason for forgiveness. If you wish to take your kids trick or treating, go! If you want a Christmas tree, put one up. Easter egg hunt? By all means, do it. Jesus died so we could be the humans we are today. There's no sense in condemning anyone for being who they are. Faith in Jesus Christ is all we need, being Christian. I myself really have no reason to celebrate holidays since my children are grown, and I really don't. But I am not going to be angry that someone knocks on my door dressed up even if my light is off... I will find a treat for them. I won't refuse a Christmas gift that someone is giving me because they thought about me. It's not my job to judge anyone else's beliefs, but it is my job to encourage good will toward others.

    1. Louise Young's Avatar Louise Young

      A very balanced. Thoughtful and kind Christian response! Amen!

      1. Arno's Avatar Arno

        I am a Christian and I don't celebrate Christmas, and I agree there are religious rituals and pagan dogmas with no basis in the Bible. The lord supper doesn't have pagan origins. There is a big difference between being religious and being Spiritual. Question for this Halloween day is: do you want to teach your children spiritual reality or darkness, do your permit the influence of the devil, or the light of true relationship with the creator? Think about it, do not give an emotional response, think it over, the devil influence is very powerful and subtle.

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          Question for this Halloween is: Do you want to teach your children "how to think" using logic and reason, or "what to think", like creationists and religionists do that use pure conjecture and faith?

          ?♥️

    2. Daniel's Avatar Daniel

      A very thoughtful expression. I'd add a slightly humorous thought. In an effort to not be scary but to encourage good will towards others, this Halloween Jesus is dressing up as Mohammed, Mohammed is dressing up as Buddha, Buddha is dressing up as Jesus, and all the leprechauns are dressing up as Santa's elves.

  1. Kat's Avatar Kat

    Anyone who has a child. That child is not summoning the devil or anything on Halloween that child is dressing up in a silly costume going to houses and saying trick or treat now that child is having fun can anybody really see anything wrong with that and even adults the dress up in silly costumes and go to parties they're going to go to a party anyway what's wrong with once-a-year dressing up in something that makes them happy I think a lot of people are blowing all this out of proportion let's just dress up and have some fun love and peace M. Katherine Strid

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Totally agree! Yes, Halloween can be scary for children, but let's face it, children are subject to the horrors of the Bible, and in some churches they see horrific effigies of a man hanging on a cross with nails through his hands and feet conning little children he did it for them. If that's not screwing little children's minds up I don't know what is.

      ?♥️

  1. King's Avatar King

    Makes zero sense that the churches got mad about this. Christianity is a cult just like all the religions. Obviously all of their holidays are just rewrites from earlier pagan ones that were celebrated. Just another reason that most people under 40 aren't religious. It is a joke. We figured out it is brainwashing.

  1. Reverend Joe's Avatar Reverend Joe

    I know the background of Halloween but I've never had any problems celebrating it. It is not bad just because of it's origin, it's the way people see and interpret it that might make it bad. I do the Liturgy at my church, as well as being a Board member. I doubt that any of the members of our congregation think I'm a bad or evil person. Same goes for my kids. I've not heard any complaints about celebrating Halloween, anywhere, from anybody.

  1. Reverend Andrew's Avatar Reverend Andrew

    see as how many so called Christians celebrate Christmas and that is a Pagan Holiday that all Christians celebrate what's wrong with Halloween

  1. John Ambrose's Avatar John Ambrose

    Halloween vs God...oh my Gawwwd!! it's getting to the point that people have nothing better to do in or with their lives than to complain and trash an awesomely fun night of going out and Trick or Treating for Candy,? ..to the one's...and you know who you are!...lighten up and enjoy yourselves, life is far too short and late when ya' start adding up those lost years because you were too stiff! (coz you will be soon enough)! ...I still go out on Halloween, and I'm 60, yes 60 (ask me i'd love to show you my photo's) lol..I put on makeup either Zombie or a Grizzly attack genre or anything creepy, Haha and I have a blast for an hour or so, kids and parents come up to me and say - hey that's a great costume! and I say thank you I made it myself, then they say (if they figure it out LOL) aren't you a little old for Trick or Treating? my reply is, I'm just 6 kids rolled up into one?? ..then I grrrrrowww like a Zombie or other, and we all have a great laugh,??? Happy Halloween Everyone!! Have a great and safe Niiiight Boooo????HAHAHA!!

  1. Karen Kelley's Avatar Karen Kelley

    I think of Halloween as a children's holiday. I have never liked the spooky, scary, blood and guts kind of celebration. I do dress up for an adult party - Winnie the pooh characters are favorites. Some people really go crazy and decorate, but it's for me it's pumpkins and corn stalks. I know some people think it's the devil's day, but it's all in what you feel it is. Don't think the devil will take you if your dressed as Piglet and bobbin for apples!

    1. Norma Battes's Avatar Norma Battes

      " ...an adult party "

      Karen? Oh my...

  1. Cyndi McReynolds's Avatar Cyndi McReynolds

    If we want God to reside in our hearts, we need to make it a comfortable place and keep it tidy. We should concentrate on our own souls and let God be the judge of our authenticity and worth. "Love one another."

  1. Justin's Avatar Justin

    I'm a devout follower of Jesus Christ and I dress up every year. I don't have to agree with how the customs originated. I believe the world is full of hypocrites. They judged her, which is contrary to biblical teachings. This is not how Christians act. They are sorry excuses for Christians. We are supposed to teach religious acceptance.

  1. Hoggdogg's Avatar Hoggdogg

    Chris us Christians have not stole our holy holidays its t he big chain stores who done this my selfe dont celebre halloween because its nothing but evil and andrew Christmas is not a pagan holiday dont know what church you go to we dont buy president or put up a tree we celebrate jusus

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Thank you for that amazingly elloquent article Hoggdogg. You don't have to explain your educational choice that led you to follow religion........seriously, you don't...... I think we all get it.

      May Santa be good to you and bring you lots of presidents (sic) this year.

      ?♥️

    2. Norma Battes's Avatar Norma Battes

      . . , . , , ' . ' , , . .

      For when you have the time. We'll handle the a's and b's and c's, and stuff.

  1. Lmn9or*'s Avatar Lmn9or*

    Halloween...secular...hand out candy, compliment the kids on great costumes, and love one another, do no harm....not a problem.

  1. sea.anenome's Avatar sea.anenome

    Halloween is good. periodt.

  1. Valarie Maus's Avatar Valarie Maus

    Reminds me of a cartoon that gets posted to my feed once a year: Picture it. You see three small children walking up the pavement to Edna's house. Behind them, is the Reaper Death, himself. Edna answers the door with a huge bowl of candy bars in her hand....and just as Death is blurting out "I am here for your soul", you see Death pause, slur, then stop mid way between talking as he looks down at Ednas' hands......and notices she is holding full size candy bars. He immediately says "Nope, we're good here!" I say, let them eat candy.....and God Bless! (great article, BTW!)

  1. samidee Onyx's Avatar samidee Onyx

    if one faith is in Christianity belief and attitude, then hallowen belief is cultural for specific belief and values

  1. Secretary3rd's Avatar Secretary3rd

    Think how the Catholic Church reels when Halloween happens. All their teachings, praying, and chanting is toss aside by the faithful that once a year they can be themselves. People get to hide behind masks. Even priests can put aside their belief and assume the identity of another. It is the time that the Devil has a chance to wander the streets as itself and no one will notice the different from all others until dawn.

  1. Bill Fox's Avatar Bill Fox

    Why do Christians worship events that honor Satan?

    1. sibyltheheretic's Avatar sibyltheheretic

      They should all be shamed and pilloried; and made to sew a yellow cross onto their garments. All of their books and monuments should be burned and looted. Gather the holy men and believers of the true religion and we together will torment and make miserable the lives of these heretics.

      1. sibyltheheretic's Avatar sibyltheheretic

        And also we will put disparaging notes into their pockets.

    2. Norma Battes's Avatar Norma Battes

      Why? The Snickers man, the Snickers.

  1. Norma Battes's Avatar Norma Battes

    " ...after her Instagram followers questioned... "

    Some people need to get a life.

    1. Garth Lee Craven's Avatar Garth Lee Craven

      Agree

  1. Reb TK's Avatar Reb TK

    There have always been rituals or traditions across societies, in which the "have not's" petitioned the "haves" for treats, favors etc. It helped the "haves" control the "have not's." Halloween is just another one of those traditions. It's like tossing a treat to a pet, or , more closely to the human situation, tossing one iota of economic or other equality to one or another oppressed classes. Halloween as an event should be the least of our concerns. Ensuring social and economic equality should be our utmost concern. And we are to be concerned that this young lady likes Halloween? The child married Justin Bieber: that's Halloween enough. Peace and Out... Reb tk

  1. jhelms's Avatar jhelms

    With all of the real problems confronting mankind now why must we concentrate on issues like this. If a person doesn't like Halloween, don't celebrate it. If they don't like Santa, celebrate Christmas in another way. I personally think these are harmless and even a great way to teach giving and sharing to our children. Why don't we help the hungry, the poor, and the homeless. It would be better if we try to get our politicians to work together and stop fighting. Teach each other how to compromise and enjoy peace with each other. I have over simplified it but I think those who concentrate on the bad in everything are worrying about the wrong things.

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