Question – Now that I am a Christian, should I celebrate Halloween?
I want to answer this question very carefully because I do not want people to misunderstand me. Many Christians vary in their opinion about whether it is right or wrong to participate in Halloween festivities. For most people, Halloween is nothing more than a mere tradition that they have celebrated since they were children. I have found that most people don’t even know how the whole thing started. I have also found that most people don’t care to know either. They just want to have a reason to change it up a little and play dress-up for a day.
For Christians, Halloween can be very tricky. On one hand, you have the reality that there are so many roots to the tradition of Halloween that are tied to sorcery, witchcraft, and devil worship, that it almost seems sacrilegious to even recognize such a day on the calendar. On the other hand, you have an amazing opportunity to reach people in your community that you normally don’t have contact with.
I believe my God is the redeemer of all things. I believe that Jesus’ main mission was to defeat the rulership of Satan in this world, so that the dominion of the earth might be handed back over to God and His kingdom. Through Jesus, things turn back to God’s original design and purpose. God is leading us back to Garden living. (I think it is so fitting that after His resurrection, Mary first had Him mistaken for the gardener.) Jesus has redeemed us so that this world might be given back over to God.
With this in mind, I don’t think it was ever God’s intention for us to run away or boycott everything that this world is celebrating. It is His intention for us to bring light to dark places so that people will see Him working through us.
I have talked to many folks about Halloween. Some Christians turn their lights off and refuse to answer the door to any trick-or-treater. Others take another approach by handing Christian tracts out instead of candy. Many Christians will just go to their church fun fair and leave their house and neighborhood altogether. With so many different views on this, who is right? Before you reach a conclusion, let’s review something.
How many evenings and nights do you have most of your neighborhood outside, even going as far as visiting your house and knocking on your door? Your answer is probably only once. People keep to themselves a lot more these days thanks to social media, video game consoles, and cable television. However, on October 31, most of your neighbors are trained by tradition that they are to be outside walking their neighborhood streets asking people for candy. Because of the scary times we live in with child abductions, most parents go around with their kids to do this. It has become a family affair. Now that I got you thinking about this, do you think you should run away and boycott this opportunity?
God would never want you to celebrate demons or worship the devil, but God will always want you to be light to the world. We are to be the same kind of light that Jesus was. That is exposing the hypocrisy of religion and loving sinners right where they are at. Jesus never beat down unbelievers. He loved them and went to their parties where they hung out. So given this opportunity on October 31, how can we be the light?
You may not agree with my answer, but I think the best way is not boycotting, nor is it handing them a tract instead of candy. I believe the best way to be the light and to redeem this day for God is to simply love on our neighbors. Don’t just hand them candy. Set up a jump house in your front yard. Kids will be drawn to that. Don’t just say “Hi, nice costume!” Put a table out in the front with a big jug of Hot Chocolate and/or coffee for the adults accompanying the little trick-or-treaters. Go the extra mile and connect with neighbors that you have never talked to since you moved in. Write their names down so you can begin to establish connection that will enable you to shine your light throughout the entire year.
This year our church is not doing a church carnival or trunk-or-treat as we have done the last few years. Instead, we are asking you to stay home so you can #LiveTheLove with your neighbors. Create your own personal Block Party in your front yard. This Sunday at church, we will be handing out Party Bags for those people who want to be radical this Halloween night. We will have CD’s, invite cards, and tracts for you to hand out. All you have to do is provide the candy (Get the good candy!) and refreshments for those coming to your door. Pump some music. Rent a bounce house. Make your house so fun that people on your street will be talking about you all year long. Please send us pictures of your house party so we can post on facebook.
I am so excited about this concept, I want to give a $100 Gift Card to the most creative House Party a VBF member does. You need to send me pictures to be included in the contest. Send your pictures to our main church e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our winning house will be announced on Sunday, November 3.
Let’s use this day as another thing we can redeem for the King!
As far as playing dress up for a day, my opinion is God really doesn’t care, as long as what you wear is not offensive to another person. (See 1 Corinthians 8.) If you study the life of John the Baptist, you know he wore some pretty bizarre clothes everyday of his life. I think you have to use common sense on this one. Would God really want you dressed up in a skimpy costume where it may make some guys stumble? Would it be really edifying to dress up as a vampire, witch, or devil? I don’t think I really need to explain that any further.
Not everyone is going to agree with me on this, so please if you don’t agree, all I ask you to do is pray about how you are to handle this growing tradition. While you are praying about it, I will be out shining my light, hoping that a few little ghosts and superheroes are going to find Jesus through me making myself available to them in my own front yard.