When I became a Christian in 1974, no one said anything to me about Halloween, but I had an uneasy feeling about it. I believe it was the Holy Spirit giving me discernment.
For a few years, I wasn’t sure how to nandle my uneasy feelings:
- I’d buy address labels that said “Jesus Loves You” and stick it to the candy packages I handed out.
- When my children got old enough to participate, I made sure their costumes were fun, not demonic.
- We never made it a big deal and never went to more than 10-20 houses when they were small.
Aside from my spiritual concerns, I also had safety concerns.
- There was always a news story about someone injecting a child’s candy with poison.
- And it wasn’t good for our children’s health to have so much candy.
- Healthier homemade snacks were the ones that I threw out for fear they’d been tampered with unless I knew and trusted the neighbor who gave it.
When the kids reached early grade school, I wanted them to stop the tradition, but our daughter resisted. Then one afternoon on the playground, one of her little friends asked her if she was going trick or treating and when our daughter said “yes” the little girl asked why she would participate in the “devil’s holiday”? That’s all she needed, so we stopped the tradition at our house.
But we still struggled with whether to hand out candy.
- We tried leaving the house during Trick or Treat time, but we wondered if the neighbors thought we were just plain stingy.
- We tried explaining our beliefs, but pagan holidays and the occult are not really the best “entry-level” subjects if you want witness to your unsaved neighbors.
So I began giving out candy again, never comfortable with the holiday…never comfortable ignoring it or celebrating it.
I wasn’t comfortable ignoring it and I wasn’t comfortable celebrating it.
Before long churches starting having “Harvest Festivals” to avoid Halloween observance, but in some ways, they were like the traditional celebrations with costumes and candy.
- Perhaps these alternative Harvest festivals are the best way to handle Halloween. Some people say that all of our Christian holidays have pagan roots to include Christmas. I’ve studied that claim enough to know that’s not altogether true, but Halloween is still a little different. While other holidays may have pagan roots, those roots are forgotten. But Halloween celebration still has an occult theme with witches and scarey things being a main feature.
- Or perhaps we should just go ahead and celebrate Halloween along with our non-Christian neighbors as long as we make sure our children know that there is a real occult where witches are real people who worship Satan and hate God.
- Or perhaps we should never celebrate it even if it embarasses us or confuses our neighbors.
Both of my children are parents now, and they celebrate Halloween. I want to agree with them that it’s not a big deal, but in the back of my mind is that uneasy feeling I got as a new Christian at a time when I hadn’t yet heard the pros and cons on the holiday. Not sure how I feel about Halloween.
What do you think about Halloween? I’d love to hear.