We struggled with whether to hand out candy and tried several different approaches:
- 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.
- We tried handing out candy with scripture stickers on them.
Before long churches starting having "Harvest Festivals" to avoid Halloween observance, but in some ways they drew more attention to the holiday. I've wondered what message church celebrations send to our children and our unsaved friends--Do they make us look:
- Are these alternative Harvest Festivals the best way to handle Halloween?
- Or should we 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 should we never celebrate the holiday in any form even if it embarrasses us, disappoints our children and confuses our neighbors?
What do you think about Halloween?
Please leave a comment...I'd love to hear how you feel. All I ask is that you explain your view kindly and offer grace to those who might disagree with you. Thanks! Gail
I also encourage you to check out Meghan Carver's thoughtful post: What Should Christians Do with Halloween? Ten Thoughts.
Another good article with lots of Scripture references is from "Jenn: Moms [Not] Like Us" called: The Controversial Debate: Christians & Halloween