Of Ghosts, Demons and Halloween

Anne S. Tiangco, CBN Asia Senior Writer

From trick or treats to the most insanely frightening ghoulish costumes and spine-tingling decors, Halloween celebrations have become a scary norm all over the world.

Here in the Philippines, the Halloween fever is felt in the smallest of barangays as it is in the most posh villages.

The “dead” comes back to life, complete with their bloodied, torn-up garments. Full-size images of witches, skeletons and other creatures of the dark are hung from trees. Creepy caskets guard the front yards of glitzy homes as mystical music eerily plays in the background.

ID-10055117What people probably do not know is that beneath the fun, party atmosphere of Halloween celebrations, this pagan festival is a breeding ground for demonic activities,” warns Peter Kairuz, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBN Asia and host of The 700 Club Asia.

Gone are the days when Halloween revelers could wear whatever costume they want to like angels, superheroes, cowboys and Indians. Today, if you’re not wearing something that is scary enough, then you’re not in,” Peter adds.

He explained that the sickeningly gory costumes in present Halloween celebrations create fear, especially among children. Worse, Halloween party-goers should realize that the demonic spirits use these pagan celebrations as a platform to wield their evil influences.

Citing a true story, Peter shared that there was an instance when one pastor had conducted a series of deliverance sessions with a young boy who got demonized while innocently house-hopping for the traditional “Trick or Treat.”

This young boy was so happy when he received candies in his Trick or Treat rounds. He ate the candies and got demonized. During the deliverance sessions, it showed that someone had cast a spell on the candies distributed to the kids. Evil people use these celebrations to prey on unknowing victims, especially the children whose hearts are so pure and so open,” Kairuz said.

A much better option to Halloween parties is the Harvest Parties now popular in Christian churches.

At Harvest Parties, kids could wear any costume they want but no scary costumes are allowed. Some kids even wear costumes of Biblical characters. There are lots of fun games and activities. Unlike Halloween parties which is dominated by fear rather than fun, Harvest parties are purely fun activities. It is also safer because the activities are done in the church so that kids do not need to go house-hopping for their Trick or’ Treat,” Peter added.

At Halloween celebrations, you unknowingly invite the creatures of the dark, there are possibilities that you could get demonized, there are chances that you could be put under a spell. It could never be pleasurable and definitely not safe, especially for our children.,” Peter explained.

Frequent The 700 Club Asia guest and resource speaker, Pastor Hiram Pangilinan, Senior Pastor of Church So Blessed speaks strongly against Halloween celebrations, saying it glamorizes demonic spirits.

With extensive experience in casting out evil spirits, Pastor Hiram said that Halloween festivities desensitize people to the real nature of the demonic realm and would be like partying with the devil.

People participate in Halloween activities with no clue that by doing so, they are actually playing games with the devil,” Pastor Hiram warns.

He explained that the original meaning of hallows is saints and that Halloween was originally a celebration of the lives of those who have gone ahead.

Pastor Hiram is quick to add that demonic spirits lurk everywhere, waiting at every opportunity to pounce on their unknowing victims and Halloween becomes a huge “playground” for them to do so.

Horror movies, Pastor Hiram said, also open up the viewers to the demonic world.

When you watch a horror film, you get scared. And fear is the stronghold of the demon. Horror films find inspiration in real life and it is sad because these movies magnify the power of darkness, the power of evil and belittles the power of God,” he said.

And, yes, Pastor Hiram comfirms that kapres, duwendes and creatures of the dark are not mere folk tales. In fact, he has cast out demons in many haunted houses including one house in Binangonan where there were frequent “kapre” sightings.

Pastor Hiram said that any believer could cast an evil spirit away.

The formula is very simple. The believer should confess his sins first, renounce the sins and then cast the demons out,” he said.

However, he said that there are no real ghosts.

These are demons pretending to be spirits of our loved ones. There are no spirits of our departed loved ones appearing to us and this is very clear in the Bible. In Hebrews 9:27 it states that it is appointed for a man to die once and after that, judgment. So once people die, they go to their place of judgment already and this place of judgment is either heaven of hell,” Pastor Hiram said.


  • Is it okay that Christians like me celebrating Halloween? I’m just curious that I as a Born-Again Christian, I don’t celebrate Halloween because I read that about in many articles online. It says, “Halloween is a pagan yet satanic celebration.” Thanks.:-)

  • mar_allada

    thank you so much for this article, i shared this on my FB so my friends could read it in a way that they will not get offended because some of my christian friends still enjoy watching horror films and having fun in Halloween parties.
    so sad that some christian churches are not aware about this. this article is a great help, thank you again for enlightenment! God bless you.

  • Thank you for this! I was enlightened. A while ago in our barangay they had a halloween party trick or treat. Kids dressed up in scary costumes won prizes.. While in adult parties, they like to wear indecent costumes. I like watching horror films but now never again. God bless us and more power to you

    • Hello Denise, thank you for your comments let us remember what the bible says in Romans 12:2″Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If you need prayers call us @ 8107717/8107176. God bless you!

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