I have debated all month as to whether or not I should write anything about Halloween. I even have a draft that I never finished. And lots of mental drafts that never even reached paper. After reading a few other blogs and seeing other people’s thoughts, I thought I would try to formulate my own opinion of this holiday and try to season it with grace and humility as much as possible.
Up front, I want you to know that in my own personal convictions, I do not care for Halloween or basically any part of it. I firmly believe the Scripture that says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7). Therefore, an entire holiday that celebrates fear, gore, and death just seems like the opposite of that. I also believe that God wants us to be children of light, not darkness. This is a time that purposefully celebrates all things dark and while not everyone may be into the “dark” side of it, we all know there are people out there who do use this time to practice things that oppose our great God. We lived in Montreal for a few years and Halloween was the time animals were sacrificed and people disappeared and witches made an obvious appearance in the streets. It was not pretty, fun, or intriguing.
Therefore, I do not care for it.
However, I am torn.
My husband grew up in a family who still does not know Christ as Savior. They loved Halloween and Brian grew up thoroughly enjoying it. He has no problem whatsoever with our children trick-or-treating or doing some of the other, more traditional Halloween activities. He agrees with me that we are not to celebrate darkness, but he also feels that part of Halloween is just a harmless holiday. He’s probably right. We have many discussions about this very issue.
So, here are my opinions:
- I do not think that believers should participate in the evil side of Halloween – including decorations and costumes that glorify darkness.
- I do not think we should force the celebration on our children as they get older, but allow them to make an informed decision as to whether or not they participate in things like trick-or-treating.
- I do think we need to keep our lights on and allow children from the neighborhood to come to our homes and ask for treats. What a great way to get to know the neighbors and show them we’re friendly and inviting! It’s also an easy way to slip in a children’s tract or some other tool for sharing the Gospel into their bag.
- I do think we need to be “in the world, but not of it.” If you want to be part of the Halloween “celebration”, go for it. But, figure out how to do it different. Don’t glorify the death, gore, blood, violence, and evil. There are plenty of other things to dress up as and decorate your house with.
- I do think we should not “shun” those who do celebrate Halloween, no matter how they do it, believers or not. It’s just one day out of many in the year.
It’s such a difficult, controversial topic, even in our house. We don’t fight about it, but we do adamantly disagree with each other. We have agreed on some outlying issues and so I think I know how we’ll handle the holiday as the children get older.
I think, for me, it comes back to two Biblical points:
Be not conformed to this world – be light on a hill.
God is a God of a peace and life, not fear and death, therefore, we are not to celebrate those things.
ah halloween… let’s just skip you and get to the good stuff – thanksgiving and christmas! 🙂