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Are Harvest Parties For Christians?

Originally published in the Colorado Christian News, October 1995 (authorís name not published)
(the author claims to be a disavowed witch and active Christian)

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Many parents and churches are searching for a "Christian substitute" for Halloween. Christians must stand in the evil day, not participate in substitutes for the evil because they think it is mean to deny their children the devilish trappings of the world!

"What are you doing for Halloween?"

Ask a Christian parent this question, and be prepared to hear an answer like, "Nothing! We don't celebrate Halloween."

Thunder crashes, and you creep away, embarrassed for even asking.

"What are you doing ON Halloween?"

Ask the same parent this slightly altered question, and their whole manner and response brightens. "Why," they begin, as birds begin to sing and sunshine breaks through the cumulus clouds. "We're all going to the Harvest Party at church!"

A choir sings. A trumpet sounds. You feel privileged just knowing these saints.

Let's take a look at the typical Harvest Party. (also commonly called Harvest Festival.)

  • It is a celebration.
  • It is chaperoned (usually).
  • It may have costumes.
  • Games are played. Some churches even imitate the occult by having the children bob for apples! "Witches love to promote the "bobbing for apples" game in churches because they regard apples as sacred." (1) By the way, what do you think harvest in relation to Halloween means to witches and satanists? It means harvest of souls. No wonder Satan's followers came up with the idea for Christians to have "harvest parties" on October 31st or thereabouts. (MORE about Satan's Harvest of Souls)
  • Contests are held.
  • Food abounds. (Churches often have children participate in "Trunk or Treat" which is a form of the Halloween trick-or-treat ritual.)
  • Music blares.
  • Everyone enjoys themselves.

    Certainly, nothing to get concerned about, right?

    The problem, however, lies in the billing. The Harvest Party is usually referred to as the Christian alternative to traditional Halloween hijinx. (Hijinx means practical joke.) Alternative, however, implies substitute. It assumes our children need something to take the place of Halloween, since they won't be participating in the secular and pagan celebrations. It suggests our kids are missing out on something. And indeed they are, if we allow them to spend Halloween in celebration. Christian parents must teach their children to not give place to the devil everyday of course, but especially during Halloween, when there is more demonic activity upon the earth than at any other time of the year. That is why God's people must pray more than any other time of the year.

    If we are to train our children to be soldiers in the army of Christ, why would we sign a pass for them to go on leave when the battle is escalating on the front lines?

    As a child of four, I contacted the first of many spirit guides (read: demons) while playing with a Kindergarten classmates' ouija board at a chaperoned Halloween party. This spiritual assault ignited an intrigue with the supernatural that culminated in my lifestyle as a practicing witch: divination, necromancy, channeling, astrology, psychic ability, and spell working. It wasn't until I was twenty that I met the real Jesus Christ, and was released from the trap that Satan had set for this young prisoner of war sixteen years earlier.

    There are too many casualties on Halloween and far too few troops fighting the enemy. Instead of partying on Halloween, teach your children how to fight. Keep them aware that the fight isn't against occultists, non-Christians, Christians who feel differently than we about Halloween, or institutions that promote Halloween, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers or darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

    How do we teach our children to wrestle spiritually?
  • Discourage them from participating in traditional Halloween activities (2 Timothy 2:4). Then tell them why. (The word, "discourage" is too soft. Christian parents must forbid their children to partake of Halloween in any fashion! God forbids his people to touch the unclean thing. If you party instead of pray on Halloween, you are copying Satan's followers. This is their special day.)
  • Encourage them to pray on a regular, daily basis (Ephesians 6:18). Let them know first hand the power that we have in prayer. All Christians should know how to fight on their knees. (Pray with your children. Teach them how to exercise biblical authority over the power of the enemy. Christians cannot do this if they are giving place to the devil in their lives. That is why false Christian ministries want them to compromise in their Christian walk, including encouraging them to celebrate Halloween with gusto.)
  • Remind them to be alert and self-controlled (1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:6). Give them the discipline of knowing it is their responsibility to keep watch. They, themselves, might also become casualties in the war. (When children are too young to be alert and self-controlled, parents must be alert for them and actively teach them self-control. Parents are to watch over their children's souls.)
  • Make certain they are prepared for battle (Ephesians 6:11). Do they know the truth? Stand on the Word of God? Have faith? Know the gospel? Are they righteous? Are they saved? (Children, like adults who are know the Jesus of the Bible will abide in him and bring forth good fruit. Children who are mature enough to understand what salvation means are mature enough to know that God requires Christians to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light.)

    October 31 is the Feast of Samhain. It is an unholy Sabbath observed by occultists worldwide. It began as Baal worship. It became a Druidic festival of death and human sacrifice was the featured attraction. Human sacrifice remains on the menu today.

    Human sacrifice is merely not "on the menu." Human sacrifice is the primary goal of Halloween and is practiced by Satanists and witches. Because the majority of people do not practice literal human sacrifice on Halloween, Satan has turned Halloween into a multi-billion dollar per year industry--so that everyone will be easily enticed to symbolize human sacrifice via Halloween rituals. That is how important human sacrifice is to the celebration of Satan's Halloween --whether the human sacrifice is literally accomplished or symbolically accomplished.

    Instead of celebrating, what's a Christian to do on Satan's feast day? PRAY! Intercession and spiritual warfare should be the first item on our agenda. It is NOT a last resort!

    Join with other families in the church. Have the pastor announce a night of spiritual battle. (If your pastor is reluctant to do this, this is a red flag. Jesus Christ came to destroy the powers of darkness. His ministers are to walk as he walked, not appease his yet-to-be-santified congregation.) Organize a group of Christians parents and students from your children's school or homeschool group. As a family, designate the seven nights before October 31 as Family Prayer Outreach nights.

    Pray for protection. Pray over both those who engage in prayer warfare and over those who will be out trick-or-treating or at Halloween parties. October 31 is a prime recruiting time for witches and Satanists. During the Halloween season, child and pet abductions rise dramatically. Pray that the Lord keeps our kids from falling prey to those who worship the enemy.

    Pray for discernment. Let the Holy Spirit direct you to specific prayer requests. Pray that the children who are "out there" will somehow "know" to keep away from certain activities. I have relatives who, even though they were not Christians, "knew" that ouija boards and levitation games were dangerous.

    Pray that the Lord hinder the occult rituals. For four years, I lived in a building which over looked a cemetery where occult ceremonial markings were often found. ON certain occult feast days, usually between midnight and 3am, I would look down into the darkness and kneel at my window binding the demons that controlled the ceremonies. I'll never know this side of heaven what effect my prayers had. Maybe a potential sacrifice escaped. Maybe the occultists weren't successful in summoning their demon. Maybe a new, young recruit decided that this was not the lifestyle he thought he wanted. (Praying against human sacrifice is effective and it saves lives!)

    Pray for the salvation of the occultists. Jesus Christ died for those whom Satan holds captive and deceived, for those who mock Him, who deny His deity or His existence. He doesn't want them to perish, but to come to Him calling Him Father, Lord. Pray the veil is lifted from their eyes, the Lord allows them to see clearly their spiritual condition and their only hope lies in Jesus Christ. Pray also, about whether the Lord would have you take a more active role in bringing the gospel to Satan's servants. Read: How to Pray Against Halloween

    Let your children know that this is effective warfare. They must know their prayers are heard and acted on by our Father. Let them know they can make a difference. Come October 31, they'll know they have a job to do. (source: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/halloween.html)

    The terms, "Harvest Festival", "Fall Festival" and "Hallelujah Party" are commonly used today in addition to the phrase, "Harvest Party." Many churches have their Harvest Festival on a weekday before October 31st (especially if Halloween falls on a weekend.) Regardless of the name changes,  these parties are held as an alternative to traditional Halloween celebration.

    Followers of Jesus Christ need to be fasting and praying the week before Halloween, not having parties so their children will not miss out on the "fun" of what the world runs after. If you don't teach your children to abstain from Halloween, which is obviously evil, how do you expect them to be able to discern Satan's subtle wiles on down the road?

    For parents with younger children, I suggest that you pray with them and ask God to protect people on Halloween and stop Satan's workers from hurting others. Pray that people would come to faith in Jesus Christ and not have anything to do with Satan who is very bad. Just keep it simple and on their level. If any children come to the door, take your children with you to the door and politely tell the trick-or-treaters that you have no treats because you are Christians and do not celebrate Halloween. Then ask them if you may share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ -- how they may be reconciled to God and live with him in Heaven one day. See if they are willing to engage in conversation about this. (MORE about evangelizing on Halloween.)

    Spend Halloween evening with your children doing non-Halloween and non-Halloween-alternative activities. You could every so often stop and pray briefly with them, asking God to protect the trick-or-treaters who don't yet understand that celebrating Halloween deepens Satan's strongholds in their lives. Make it a time of sweet fellowship with your children as you teach them that their God is not their belly, and Jesus' commandments are not grievous; his yoke is easy and his burden is light.

    God requies his people to withstand in this evil day (not participate in evil in an "alternative manner") and having done all, to stand:

    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph. 6:13

    Notes:

    (1) Halloween and the Forces of Darkness http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract10.html Note: This url is for documentation only. I do not recommend Last Trumpet Ministries.

    return to: Index of Halloween Articles

     

    external link: Galatians 4 Blog: Touch Not that Unclean Thing! That Includes Halloween!

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