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The Other Side Of Halloween
October 17, 2012

With Halloween soon upon us, I have re-posted “The Other Side of Halloween” from October, 2011 as a refresher to my readers and also for those who perhaps have not read it. This is available for download by clicking "Articles" on the Home Page.


Once again, it’s that time of year for cute little goblins, witches and ghosts to come gleefully knocking on your door with bags open ready to receive their “treat”! Harmless fun? In 2009, I presented a teaching on Halloween in our church in Orillia under the strong leading of the Lord. Truth always sets people free, and as you read this teaching in its entirety, regardless of your own personal feelings or decisions concerning this dark night, may your spiritual eyes be open to the reality of “The Other Side Of Halloween!”

The following are three of the responses I received from several churches that were contacted for prayer support leading up to my teaching in 2009. I have changed the names of the persons to respect their privacy.

“Thank you, Pastor Mike, for taking on this task of exposing “The Other Side of Halloween”. I will put you on our prayer prompter and we will be praying for you. Thank you again for your courage and faithfulness.”

Janice Torrence
Church Administrative Assistant

“Dear Pastor Knoll, I just received a prayer request in regards to your teaching on Halloween. This needs to be done in all Church ministries. God Bless You! Yes we will be praying for you.”

Robert Carson
Regional Director

“Dear Pastor Mike, greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord. We will stand in the Gap for you in prayer that parents would understand that special teaching that you are going to do about this very evil night and yet many parents are blind; they think it is just having fun! You are covered and will continue to be with our prayers.”

Pastor Lawrence and Pauline (Haiti)


On October 31, 2012, 5 ½ million Canadian teens and children under the age of 15 will be exposed to demonic powers from hell. With all of the yearly mass hysteria, marketing and indoctrination of school children of this glamorized event, how are Christian parents to approach the observance of Halloween with their family? Ephesians 5:11 states, “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them”

In spite of what North American culture dictates, Halloween is not a night of harmless fun for little kiddies to dress up as cute princesses, super heroes and cartoon characters—it is a night of spiritual darkness, deception & death! Christian parents need to be spiritually aware of the truth that this is a satanic holiday that needs to be entirely avoided! Proverbs 14:12 warns, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." Many parents are unknowingly giving the enemy legal access to deceive their children. God said in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

Halloween can be described in one word—that word is DARKNESS! That’s why Jesus said in John 3:19, “men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.”  Who exactly is Jesus referring to? Witches? Satanists? Psychics? No! Us! Our old nature was in darkness, but God brought us into His marvellous light! Fallen man’s spiritual nature is inherently evil—that’s why Jeremiah 17:9 explains, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:”  



Halloween is a festival of Scottish-Irish origin that had its beginning in the medieval days in Europe, also known as the Dark Ages around 500 A.D. Even as far back as 300 years before Christ, the Celts celebrated a yearly festival called Samhain. “Samhain” was their god of Death. On this day, the Celtic god was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. It was the most significant holiday of the Celtic year and it was celebrated on November 1, which was the Celtic New Year.
Dark Ages

In the midst of the spiritual darkness that prevailed during the Dark Ages there was a great spread of witchcraft and satanism. During this time there developed the belief that on October 31st, witches traveled to their covens flying on brooms, guided by evil spirits in the form of black cats. The Festival of Death continued without interruption for centuries, as the most important night of the year for witches and all satanists, celebrating death and evil and the Church was totally ineffective in opposing it.

In the early centuries of the first millennium, divination, spiritism and sorcery of all kinds prevailed on the night of October 31st, midnight bringing darkness, fear and death as many human sacrifices were presented to the god, Samhain. The Celts practiced a demonic religion through their priests, known as the Druids. The wearing of masks and costumes also came from the Druids. Often they wore the skins of these animals. Villagers also dressed in hideous masks and costumes in an effort to disguise themselves from the evil spirits. The Druids were so controlled by satanic forces that they had strange and frightening powers and demanded blood sacrifices

Trick Or Treat

On October 31, the Druids would travel from house to house, threatening the people with “trick or treat”. The ‘treat’ was to be a young virgin who would be offered as a human sacrifice to Samhain. If the ‘treat’ (the young woman) pleased the Druids, they would light a candle made of human fat and insert it in a hollowed out turnip to protect those inside the house from being killed by demons. The Druids would assault their victim and then brutally sacrifice her to their gods. The families that were unable to meet the demands of the Druids had to face the ‘trick’. A hexagram was drawn on the front door of their house, and it was said that Satan or his demons would kill someone in the household through fear that night.
During this night of satanic rituals, the Druids sacrificed animals and humans. Huge fires were made where they would throw the remains of the bodies into. The next morning all that was left were the ashes and bones. These fires were called “bone fires” where we get the name bonfire. Druids also on this festival of the dead, burned huge, wooden cages known as wicker men. The wicker men were sometimes filled with animals, prisoners of war, criminals, and other human sacrifices.

Roman Catholic Church

So how did this totally pagan festival, Samhain become connected with the Roman Catholic Church?  By the end of the 1st century, the Roman Empire had conquered most of the Celtic lands. In the process of integrating the Celts into their society, the Roman Catholic Church adapted some of the Celtic idolatrous traditions as part of their own religious observances in order to indoctrinate them into Roman Catholic faith. For example, In the eighth century, Pope Gregory IV, established “All Saints Day” on November 1st  in an attempt to persuade the Celts to abandon the festival of Samhain with all of its occultic practices and turn to the traditions of the Catholic Church. All Saints Day was a Roman Catholic holiday—a yearly anniversary in honour of all the martyrs of the Church.   It eventually came to be called “All Hallows Eve” Since Samhain always occurred on the evening before All Hallows Eve, it came to be called “Hallow E’en” as we know it today.  However, Pope Gregory’s cunning attempt to abolish Samhain failed and the celebration of Halloween continues today 1200 yrs later.

Halloween in North America

When our Puritan forefathers came to America in the 17th century, they strictly forbade all such occult practices and pagan festivals. The Puritans had nothing to do with Halloween, the Festival of Death; they were well aware of the satanic origins of this night. However, in the 18th and 19th centuries, there came a flood of Celtic immigrants to the then colonized America, bringing with them their pagan superstitions, and as a result, Samhain, the Festival of Death, now known as Halloween infiltrated America and it is alive and well both in Canada and the U.S., and throughout the world.


For over 200 years, October 31 has been the most important day of the year for satanists & witches as the very highest satanic holy day. Witch covens gather together on Halloween to observe satanic rituals, to cast spells, to oppose churches and families, to perform sacrilegious acts, and to even offer blood sacrifices to Satan. Dogs and cats are often sacrificed to the devil on Halloween. In rural communities it is not uncommon for farmers to find the mutilated remains of their farm animals (cows, calves, chickens, even horses) that were slaughtered in satanic sacrifice.



The North American Wiccan today is not the old, ugly woman with warts in a black hat, stirring a cauldron of witches’ brew —he or she is a completely average looking person in business and social life. “BEWITCHED” is a popular and humorous T.V. sitcom that ran from 1964—1972 about a beautiful housewife witch, named Samantha Stevens married to Darrin, who reluctantly uses her magical powers to solve family problems. It all appears to be harmless fun, but this is how the devil conditions the next generation to accept an even deeper level of the occult. “WENDY, THE GOOD LITTLE WITCH”, made her debut in Harvey Comics in 1960. She’s not just called “Wendy the Little Witch”, she is called “Wendy, the Good, Little Witch”—again, more conditioning towards greater evil seen as good or harmless.


“CASPER, THE FRIENDLY GHOST” appeared in Harvey Comics in 1952 as a likeable, cuddly, little character and has been a favourite of children ever since. This cute, little spook is not called “Casper, the Ghost”; he’s called “Casper, the Friendly Ghost”. This is more deceptive conditioning to become desensitized to the reality of the demonic realm and embrace greater evil in the form of good. “GHOST WHISPERER” was a popular TV series which ran from 2005—2010.  It follows the life of Melinda Gordon, a young woman from Grandview, New York, who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead. Melinda lives with her husband, Jim, and is the owner of an antique shop. Ghosts seek Melinda's help in relaying a message or completing a task that will put their spirit to rest, and allow them to cross over into the Light.  There are no such things as ghosts, or departed spirits of loved ones—these are demons or familiar spirits impersonating the dead—this is what happens at séances when mediums attempt to conjure up the souls of deceased family members from the dead. 


Hollywood has ingeniously made modern vampire shows a heavily appealing craze among  youth! “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER” was a popular television series that targeted teens and aired from 1997 to 2003. Buffy Summers, a young attractive woman was chosen by fate to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. The hit show was voted third place on TV Guide's "Top Cult Shows Ever”. The latest vampire movie series to hit the big screen is “TWILIGHT”, a sequence of young adult vampire romance movies which include characters that resemble nice, normal, average kids-your typical church youth group! That’s to name only a few of many trendy vampire shows. What exactly is a vampire? Vampires are creatures of the night that have come back from the dead. They exist by drinking the blood of humans. Vampires would cause deaths in the neighbourhoods where they lived when they were alive.  They are evil, inhuman creatures! But at Halloween, sometimes vampires are just plain cute!  You can even purchase a vampire t-shirt and even a vampire doll for your little child to take to bed with after they’ve had a bowl of vampire cereal for a bedtime snack. This is called conditioning them to the occult.

A pentagram is a star with five points representing five different objects of pagan worship; Spirit, Air, Water, Earth, Fire. It is a Wicca symbol meaning oneness with nature. The inverted pentagram represents the goat head, or Baphomet, also known as Lucifer, the god of the witches. The upturned pentagram is known by the Masons as the "Blazing Star," and is found at the center of every Masonic Lodge. It is the official emblem of the “Order of the Eastern Star”, which is a Masonic Lodge for women


On the night of Samhain, each Druid would dress in a hooded robe, carrying a large, hollowed-out turnip with an oil lamp burning inside. A demon face was carved into it, which represented the Druid’s spirit guide. When the Celts immigrated to America, they carved out pumpkins for Halloween celebration, which became known as “Jack of the Lantern” referring to the demon spirit inside of it.


This issue shouldn’t be taken lightly, or become a cause for contention. Should the church be involved with Halloween? According to 1 Thessalonians 5:22, we are to   "Avoid the very appearance of evil." Is there anything about Halloween that can be redeemed for God’s glory? The fact is, Halloween does not have one single redeeming virtue. It is an utterly evil and idolatrous custom born out of pagan superstition. It is a demon-inspired, devil-glorifying, occult festival of darkness and death. In his book “The Dark Side of Halloween”, Tom Sanguinet, a former Wiccan high priest wrote "Halloween is purely and absolutely evil, and there is nothing we ever have or will do that would make it acceptable to the Lord Jesus."

The whole theme of Halloween is one of darkness, death, destruction, fear, threats, violence, vandalism, and evil! It is a night of witches, bats , ghosts, , skeletons, death, and monsters. We dress our children as demons, witches, ghouls, ghosts, vampires and werewolves and send them out into the streets in the dark to reenact the Druids' practice of demanding treats from people under the threat of tricks and curses for those who don't comply. We take a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate our homes with it. On Halloween night, there will be witches & warlocks practicing their divination and calling up evil spirits. There will be séances and Ouija boards all in the name of fun and entertainment. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, chickens, goats and even humans on this satanic night! That’s why God instructed His prophet Ezekiel to “teach my people to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, the profane and the holy” (Ezekiel 44:23)

The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For youare the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”

Pastors and parents, may God give you grace, courage and wisdom as Christ followers who love the Lord, their flocks and their children to do what is right and honouring in His eyes and according to His Word as you resolve to make the right choice for your church and family by abstaining from participation this year in Halloween.


On Saturday, October 15, 2011, Christine Vollick said

Thank you Pastor Mike. I listened to this sermon both at OLC and FBC. We no longer celebrate Halloween! Thank you so much for reminding us that we are to be constantly aware of our surroundings - just because something is socially and culturally acceptable, does not mean it is acceptable for Christians to partake in. Whose team are we on? Thanks for helping us make the right choice! Blessings to you!


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