Harvey Rails Against Halloween’s “Deceptive Spirits”

Taking a break from her usual diatribes against gays and lesbians, who she doesn’t even believe exist, Mission America’s Linda Harvey dedicated her radio show today to attacking Halloween. Harvey warned that Halloween represents “rebellious flirtation with fallen angels and deceptive spirits” and warned that children will be exposed to the holiday’s demonic spirituality and “dark elements.” Harvey argued that it is not “loyal to Jesus to participate in the event” and concluded that “it isn’t appropriate for the bride of Christ to observe a holiday founded on the priorities of our spiritual enemy.”


Harvey: Everyone thinks Halloween is harmless fun but just for a second, let’s look at from God’s perspective, at least from what He’s told us in His word. We’ve been taught not to worship or bow down to or in any way acknowledge any other gods. But Halloween is built around just exactly that. Behind the costumes and candy is a rebellious flirtation with fallen angels and deceptive spirits, and this definitely does not honor God. Where are these other spirits and gods you ask? Well, Halloween is all about fortune telling, magic, Ouija board, witches, it’s really hard to get away from all this. It’s definitely spiritual and that spirituality is not from our Lord.

So even if your child doesn’t directly participate in these activities, I think we’d be less than honest not to admit that yes it’s a huge part of Halloween. Dressing your child in a clown costume and going door-to-door may seem innocuous but your child has learned the following: blend in and don’t make waves. In those waves at some point in your child’s life will be all the dark elements we just mentioned and more. But the problem is your child will, by that time, have learned from you that Halloween is fun and no problem.

In my agnostic life before I knew the Lord, I loved Halloween. And even after I first became a believer, I had no intention of giving it up – I didn’t want to be a weird fundamentalist. But when I researched the origins and current celebration of Halloween, I was convicted in my heart and it boiled down to this: is it loyal to Jesus to participate in this event? If you’re married, it’s not appropriate to date someone other than your spouse and it isn’t appropriate for the bride of Christ to observe a holiday founded on the priorities of our spiritual enemy.