WOW! Only A Small Percent Of Pastors Tell Church Members To ‘Avoid Halloween Completely!

Reader Halloween is fast approaching, and I am beginning to see articles on this always-popular topic in the blogosphere.  This topic has been discussed year after year.  According to the latest survey released by Lifeway Research, only eight percent of Protestant pastors in the U.S. encourage their congregants to skip Halloween altogether. As it turns out, this worldview is more prevalent among older pastors aged 65 and above.
While 13 percent of elder pastors feel this way, only 4 percent of preachers under the age of 45 said they’d encourage Bible-believers to entirely avoid Halloween. There’s also a divide along racial lines, with 23 percent of African American pastors encouraging church members to avoid Halloween altogether, with just 7 percent of white pastors agreeing. These results were yielded when LifeWay recently asked preachers what they encourage parishioners to do on Halloween. Overall, 67 percent tell parishioners to invite friends or neighbors to church for a fall festival or some other celebration on or Near Oct. 31, while 52 percent said they also want followers to “build relationship with neighbors who trick-or-treat.”

Only 8 Percent of Pastors Tell Church Members to ‘Avoid Halloween Completely’


  1. I read that the Catholic Church supports Halloween celebrations. Here is a link.

  2. I'm one of the few preachers who are under the age of 45 that encourage the congregation I serve to avoid Halloween.

    1. What do you tell them to convince them to avoid?

  3. Do pastors really have to tell their congregations this? It's a personal choice for the individual to make. These days Halloween is a commercial holiday that's used to sell costumes and candy. Most of it is innocent fun with no real anti-Christ intent.


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