Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — Starting in September, Halloween costumes, decorations, candy, spooky movies and haunted houses are heavily advertised across the US for the fall holiday. However, over the years, some Christians have expressed concern about how celebrating the holiday may conflict with their faith.
Trinity UMC Pastor Brian Erickson joins CBS 42 anchor Chloe Vincent to discuss what Halloween means to Christians.
“I think it’s fascinating to read the history of where Halloween came from and the origins. Christians have a long history, over the last 2000 years, of whenever they encounter a new culture as they try to explain the gospel. To them, they take the traditions of that culture and ‘Christianize’ it,” he explained. . “There are some pagan traditions about life and death, and when the Celtic New Year and Christians meet those cultures, they say it’s important to talk about death and life, and we want to teach you about eternal life.”
Despite modern concerns surrounding Halloween, the holiday has some Christian roots.
“Those pagan fears surrounding life and death, and spirits roaming the earth, became a celebration of the saints. Halloween was originally All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve. It’s the day before Christians remember All Saints’ Day. And we celebrate the lives of the faithful and eternity with Christ Jesus. We believe in living. So, I think it’s a fun holiday, but I think it’s really powerful to understand the Christian roots and messages connected to All Saints and Halloween,” Erickson told CBS 42.
Watch the full interview in the video clip above.