Halloween Happy?

October 26, 2005 — 21 Comments

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.

I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will walk in my house
with blameless heart.

I will set before my eyes
no vile thing.
The deeds of faithless men I hate;
they will not cling to me.

Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with evil.

I have no concerns about Christians participating in Halloween. All Hallows Eve is a historic event, and should be taught as such. While much of the historic meaning has been lost in the consumerism of today, the parent’s should not be afraid to teach the history, the why and what if you will, of the event.
–Reader Luke

Halloween is sick. The devil has more than good opportunity to get through to people. Just look at some of the decorations that people have up in their yards. It’s also pretty tacky looking! That’s what I think!!–Reader Kaitlin

I do not believe that it is necessarily wrong for Christians to participate in Halloween. Yes, there are negative origins, and yes some people do take it too far. But Jesus commands us to be in the world but not of it. To me, distancing ourselves from a holiday that demonstrates that people need God even more is not a good idea. We hand out candy to kids, and while we do not go out ourselves, due to the large number of children in our house, we do attend our church’s harvest party. But Halloween, as a current holiday, is not seen as demonic or satanic to the majority of the people who celebrate it. We need to use this holiday as an example of what God’s love means…no death, no pain, no suffering in heaven, but in Hell…

Again, we should not be distancing ourselves from a society that needs us more than ever.–Reader Justin

The real danger for the majority of people in the world is not that they are going to turn into human sacrificing Satanists, but into apathetic followers of whatever comes along, believing it to be harmless. That is what I think Satan delights in, deceiving people into thinking that everything is okay.–Reader Andrew

Tim, just because people put up scary decorations does not mean that they know what those decorations represent. I would be willing to bet that in a converstation with the majority of the population, you would not hear the word Demon or Satan come out once. Most people simply do not realize that what they are putting up is related to that sort of thing. Some Christians do not even realize it. The point that most of them do not realize what they are celebrating makes it even more important that we stay involved and participate, just do it with the purpose of glorifying God and spreading His word.

Atheist participate in Christmas, what’s the difference?

Halloween: images of ghosts, goblins, blood, gore, pumpkins, leaves, and skeletons flash through my mind (and that sick sumo wrestler costume from last year that needs to be banned.)

My thoughts on Halloween have changed somewhat over the years. I’ve participated before. I’ve dressed up like a cowboy, and even as a pirate. I have memories of smacking the unfortunate “monster” who tried to make me scream “mommy” when he jumped me from behind with my sword. The memories of that lunatic with the chainsaw chasing the neighborhood kids down the street. And of course, talking to skeletons and deciding whether or not to grab some candy underneath a guillotine.

I’ve done it all, and looking back, I really don’t like it. I mean, really, there is no good message in the Halloween that our culture celebrates. It’s the devils “big day” in a way. His day to make evil look good with “fun” and lots of candy. (But then again, every day is his day…)

I’ve been wondering about Christians participating in Halloween. We’ve had some really good discussion about it here. But I still struggle somewhat. Is it left up to the Christian to decide for himself or is it wrong to take part? Or can we “compromise” and just pass out candy? Or skip it altogether and take part in an alternative?

“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” (1 Thes. 5:22)

I don’t see good in what our culture celebrates. Maybe we’re seeing the bigger picture that some don’t see, but the celebration of evil and death is there, whether our culture knows it or not.

I would reccomend not taking part, as in dressing up. We usually just pass out candy, and tracts.

“But it’s harmless!” Maybe. But more than likely it’s not. I like one of the above commenters who said “The real danger for the majority of people in the world is not that they are going to turn into human sacrificing Satanists, but into apathetic followers of whatever comes along, believing it to be harmless. That is what I think Satan delights in, deceiving people into thinking that everything is okay.”

But we’re not living during the time when Halloween was All Saints Day. Perhaps you should be sharing the gospel? Or passing out tracts?

Where will I be on Halloween? A Bible study. But where will you be? Where should you be?

I think it’s up to you and God. The best thing to do is pray and really seek God’s will on this matter.

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21 responses to Halloween Happy?

  1. A lot of really interesting comments, there. We celebrate Oct. 31 every year: it’s my 2nd son’s birthday! We’ve gotten to the point where we don’t even acknowledge Oct. 31st as anything else besides his birthday. It’s too evil. We just hang a big sign on our door that says “NO CANDY!” I’d like to participate in a Halloween outreach, though, like some kind of tracts or something that kids will actually read and not just throw away.

    What my church does is host it’s own version of “The Gong Show” (an absolutely hilarious un-talent show) every other year, then on the alternate years we’re encouraged to go to a neighboring church’s fall festival. But I don’t even care for the fall festivals; they are just a Christianized version of Halloween activities, imo.

  2. Our church has always celebrated October 31st as Reformation Day, since it was the day that Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis on the church door at Wittenburg. I have never been trick or treating, but when I was a little kid my mom let us dress up for the day as a princess or cowgirl or whatever my mood happened to be that year :) I agree with the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5– we should keep away from any form of evil. Halloween had good origens, but it is polluted today I believe by the culture.

    ~Nella

  3. I have nothing to do with Halloween. As we live out in the country we can just avoid the whole thing altogether and forget about it. Our church has a New Year’s Eve custom(sp?) party, which is fun if dressing up is your thing.

  4. Costume parties are fun–the ones at church of course!

    “Halloween had good origens, but it is polluted today I believe by the culture.”

    Very good point Ednella.

  5. Hmm, good post. I like your points, Tim.

  6. Oh, yes…and passing out tracts is definitely a good idea, I think, too…

  7. Bravo Tim, but you spelt my name wrong. :-)

  8. Ahh! I’ll have to fix that!

  9. Could you kindly supply me with links to these “good roots” or whatumadoodle of Halloween? I would enjoy having said information.

  10. Halloween did not have good origins. All Saint’s Day is not the same as Halloween. It’s begining is from over 2000 years ago when the celts celebrated a festival on Nov 1 for the death of summer when they believed the veil between the dead and they living was opened. They sacraficed animals and children. Dressed up like evil creatures so they wouldn’t be possessed, hand treats to hand out to appease any spirits that might come by. It was a night of terror. In 601 A.D. the pope was trying to covert pagan rituals into catholic holidays in response to all the british and irish converts. They came up with celebrating all saints day on Nov 1, which was originally in the spring. A similar thing happened with a fertility festival (where you get eggs and bunnies) for Easter. The old celtic festival which would have probably naturally disappeared forever was preserved until this very day thanks to the Catholic church. I say boycott halloween, celebrate Martin Luther and the 95 thesis instead.

  11. But we’re not living during the time when Halloween was All Saints Day. Perhaps you should be sharing the gospel? Or passing out tracts?

    You’re right – the devil is always trying to corrupt things. For example, the first 9 presidents of Colby college here in Maine were Reverends. If you were to look at it now, you probably wouldn’t believe that. I think it should remind us to guard our christian institutions, like Christmas, more carefully.

  12. What is this “Halloween” does it take place close to Reformation Day? ;)

  13. I HATE HALLOWEEN. This holiday so divides Christians. My son is 11 every year he asks me to trick or treat, every year we provide alternatives for him and his sister. We were frustrated over the whole-you’re a wicked carnal believer if you let your children go and the come on it’s costumes and candy. We talk about the ghoulish lawn decorations, how some people use the holiday for evil….But you know, we don’t believe a once in a lifetime trip around the block is going to draw him to the dark side.

  14. I love it. The one day of the year your neighbors actually come to YOUR door and you can proide them ANY kind of message you want, along with a piece of candy, and the Christians go hide in the Church basement and have a harvest or reformation festival.

    I especially like hanging up the “no candy” sign, really makes me want to hang out with you the rest of the year. I can feel the love!

    What would Jesus do, oh yeah, go hide in the Church basement …I’m sure.

  15. “I especially like hanging up the “no candy” sign, really makes me want to hang out with you the rest of the year. I can feel the love!”

    So what should I do, invite 100′s of people (literally)into my house while we celebrate my son’s birthday (on the very rare years we’re actually home that night)? We’re trying to be a family celebrating a birthday that night! How can we do that with hundreds of kids ringing our doorbell every few seconds? It’s madness here on halloween. People literally come to our neighborhood by the VANful! There are so many kids, there is no time to reach them with a message. It’s “get the candy and run to the next house!” They don’t want to hear a message, and even if half of them lived in this neighborhood, I don’t neccessarily want them hanging here all year. I have children to raise and protect, and I don’t believe in making children be salt and light when they are not mature yet. But that’s another topic for another blog.

  16. I think that we should all hand out toothbrushes this year. Maybe that will help kids get rid of their sweet tooth for candy and get one for the Word of God!

  17. I agree with Tom, though not with the way he phrased his arguement. You can see my views in my latest post.

  18. Diane,

    There are so many ways to send a message of Jesus love other than inviting them all in and preaching to them. In fact, please please don’t preach to them. I’ll leave it for you to figure out how. Or just ignore it, as is your current strategy.

    “Love your neighor as yourself.” – Jesus

    “Who is my neighbor? Certainly not those pesky kids coming to my door asking for candy when I’m trying to throw a party.”

  19. I wrote a post on my blog about what we do and don’t do on Halloween, if you’d like to take a look. Thanks!

  20. I agree with some of those people but I do not think that anyone, not even Christians should participate! Even though it was a historic holiday, the devil made it evil and ruined it. It just shows how the devil can use us and ruin people’s lives in the process. Although Christians do use this day to reach out to others, my family always passed out tracks and I absolutely love that tradition. Thank you Mr. Tim for letting people talk about this issue. Maybe you can bring up if it should be Easter or Resurrection. :)>

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