Christians and Halloween
When I was a kid, my parents allowed us to trick or treat and I would pray that every house I visited had chocolate treats. Specifically, Hershey’s with Almonds candy bars…some things never change. My biggest fear was messing up and being on restriction that night! In that context, perhaps Halloween has attributes I had not considered.
Halloween brought a fun challenge to have “the best” costume and, while my siblings are more creative than I am, it was fun to dress up as Aunt Jemima from the syrup bottle ads. I liked bandanas, hoop earrings and big whirling skirts, so going to the store and paying for a costume was not necessary. I am always one who thinks we could better disburse money on the needs of the needy. (e.g., how many children could the cost of one costume feed?). As in other circumstances, moderation, not overindulgence, is Christ-like.
Becoming ghoulish never entered our mind, nor did heinous, or even slightly mean, activities. We were not afraid that dead people or their spirits walked the street while we trick or treated.
Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”.
All Hallows Eve/Day held no meaning except goodies and fun back then and it has even less substance today. We have to be in the world but we do not have to be of the world. I dressed-up and got candy just for being a kid, but I knew to avoid occultism.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Today, I would be even more selective than I was about where my child (ren) trick or treated, but that would be because of humans, not principalities.(new window) When hospitals set up systems offering free x-rays of childrens’ candy to ensure safety, that is a reason to draw the line. Items from razor blades to the undetectable would be a viable hesitation with the advantage of being alert, not fear of things in the unseen world God has power over.
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
Why create fear of demons in children, directly or indirectly? Angels of God, or God Himself, overrides any and all damage demons attempt. That is not to say we should dress up as witches or goblins and invite trouble for ourselves, but why not angels or martyrs? Angels help us overcome, martyrs died spreading the message of Christ and that story should be told. I will always remember the pastor who dressed up as Joseph to convey the message of Christmas as Jesus’ birth, nothing more, nothing less. Halloween should be a time of rebuking evil, not fearing, and certainly not elevating, the devil.
1Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
To forbid something makes it seem more enticing. The forbidden fruit looks so delectable! As good-natured and pure as I strive to be, curiosity would have gotten the better of me had I been disallowed to trick or treat when I was younger. I have fond memories of trick or treating with my siblings, without restraints of fear.
1Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
People are dabbling and experimenting more often with different parts of the occult because they are dissatisfied with life. An answer to the meaning of life is not found in the material things of this life, so they are looking for spiritual avenues to find true meaning and fulfillment in their lives. As Christians, we have a responsibility to reach out in the world filled with dangers to be the light of Christ, not hide in a protective cocoon hidden from the very things He told us to stand against. Halloween is an opportunity to share our faith and be a witness for Christ, not shun those who need Him the most. Alienating others from our belief is a sin rather than celebrating in a way of bringing glory to God by taking the holiday away from satan, laughing at him.
We are to encourage each other to pray on a regular, daily basis; it’s the only hope we have.
Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”.
Teach the power that we have in lifting up prayer to God in heaven!
Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus taught us to pray:
The Lord’s Prayer :
“9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
The 23rd Psalm :
“1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Amen.