Let’s Stop Being Afraid of Halloween : A Christian Response to Halloween Celebration

Christian Response to HalloweenI’m not scared of Halloween and you shouldn’t be either. In fact, I wish every night was like Halloween. Seriously, there’s so many amazing things about Oct 31 that it’s becoming a favorite of mine.
“What?!?! Gasp! Did Lisa, a Christian, a pastor’s kid, a pastor’s WIFE, actually just write that???”
Yep, I did. And before you add my name to the prayer chain for joining a cult, let’s talk and I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve never actually been trick or treating. Growing up, we had “Hallelujah Night” where the kids all dressed up as Bible characters. That meant the girls had the options of being Mary, Queen Esther or an Angel. It was fun the first 3 years but got a little repetitive after that.
So, you’re probably wondering, if I obviously don’t have much experience with the subject, why the new found love of Halloween? Let me explain. As my 3 girls and I were heading out to our church’s annual “trunk or treat” this afternoon, I noticed a few things that that are worth noting.
First of all, there were more people walking around my neighborhood together as a family than I’ve ever seen before. That’s pretty rare in today’s day and age for families to take the time for a nightly stroll. And then, to take it a step further, they were going up to homes, ringing the doorbell and meeting their neighbors! When they opened the door, the neighbors weren’t skeptical, peeking out behind cracked, chained doors in fear. No, they actually greeted them with a smile, welcomed them and then GAVE them something! What a novel idea. I also noticed how many churches were doing something for the community. Their parking lots were full of cars, people, food and laughter. They were finally outside of the 4 walls, engaging their community and offering something more than a cold shoulder.
Tonight, I saw families being TOGETHER instead of going their separate ways, a lot of neighborhoods experiencing COMMUNITY instead of just coexisting and I saw churches doing what Jesus did and SERVING, instead of acting as an exclusive club meeting behind closed doors.
October 31 isn’t the devil’s day any more than November 1st. Everyday that we wake up and breathe another breath is a gift from God and one more opportunity to show His love. Closing the curtains, turning off the lights and hiding is EXACTLY what satan wants us to do. We are children of light so shine BRIGHT, especially on what is considered a “dark day”. Give out the BEST candy at your door, put on an AWESOME Trunk or Treat with your church, dress in the most AMAZING costume you can put together and share the most INCREDIBLE love of all, Jesus!
Happy Halloween!
P.S. I’m pretty sure that was my first time ever to say that : )

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

A Christian response to trick or treating

Lisa lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, Jason, and 3 young girls. She is a Kindergarten teacher and Pastor’s wife but most importantly, a lover of Jesus.

 

Comments

  1. Masshole Mommy says

    Wow! The people really feel that way? This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve ever heard of anybody being afraid of Halloween. That’s so odd. It’s such a happy holiday.

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  2. wow i never knew this. Very interesting views for sure.
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  3. I love this . I am Christian but always joined in the Halloween celebration. I never thought of it as devil’s day but I have family that have shared that view. I like this perspective. It is a day of family and community.
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  4. I was honestly shocked the first time I heard of somebody that didn’t celebrate Halloween.. Then again, I didn’t grow up thinking it was the devils holiday.. I grew up thinking it was just a day to dress up, and get candy.. Nothing more, nothing less 🙂
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  5. I like Halloween too, its not a big deal if you don’t make it one. We do trunk or treats and trick or treating, we’ll take ALL the candy you have.
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  6. I never thought about Halloween as a holiday that celebrates community and friendship, but now that I think about it I totally agree with you. I love how its safe to walk around at night with your kids, meet all your neighbours and friends, and visit everyone for trick or treating without any fear. For someone like me who has always loved Halloween, its just one extra reason to celebrate it!

  7. Jennifer Williams says

    I love seeing all the families come out and spending time together as well. I wish it was more than one night a year though.

  8. No matter what the holiday’s origins were, to kids, I think Halloween is all about the candy and there is no religious significance to them.
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  9. Great perspective! In my culture we celebrate life and death. When we stop remembering our loved ones that past we have failed them.

  10. I didn’t know people were afraid of Halloween. I’ve always loved Halloween. You’re right, it does bring families together & meeting your neighbors as well.
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  11. I love Halloween! It’s great and this year we met a ton of nice people, I love how friendly people can be. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors!
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  12. I have heard of people being afraid of Halloween and I’ve never unserstood why?? I agree it’s a fun day for families to enjoy together. Great post!

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  13. I have heard of little kids being afraid of Halloween. At my sons preschool they did an activity and read a book to not be so scared at night. We go to church groups for halloween. They love trick or treating there, they are not as scared. Everyone is dressed in a happy upbeat attire no ghosts or goblins chasing them. LOL
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  14. My church always put on the best Halloween party every year, so we didn’t grow up thinking of it as the devils holiday. It was just a day to have fun, dress up, bob for apples, and see how much candy you could snag in 2 hours!
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  15. I absolutely love your commentary and what you noticed. I hadn’t thought about that, but it’s a beautiful thing to see families together like that. So glad you shared your thoughts.
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  16. I did these exact things this past Halloween. I met some neighbors I’ve not had a chance to talk to. It was great. Halloween is bringing people together these days! Not making things worse.
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  17. I had no idea people felt this way until I met my MIL. One year she gave out full sized chocolate and the next and every year on she refused! She wasn’t very nice about it either! She’s very Christian.
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  18. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    I never knew that people were afraid of Halloween. To me it was always the best day of the year for kids. I hope it stays that way.

  19. I just recently in the last couple of years saw controversy regarding this on my personal facebook page. I was pretty surprised. Raised by strict Catholic parents, this was never an issue for our community. I love your attitude and I agree with you 100 percent. Good family fun.

  20. I know plenty of people and churches that do not celebrate Halloween! I agree with your post, I think it is such a great time, and for once there really is community!

  21. I couldn’t agree with you more. It truly is the only night that I see families coming together as well. The very next day I wonder where everyone is because they’re once again cooped up indoors.
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  22. I guess some people still has those spooks on halloween. I thought everyone loves it lol.

  23. My son goes to a Christian pre-school and they won’t call it Halloween. I think they said something like Harvest parade/party. Ridiculous.
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  24. This is a WONDERFUL post. So many Christians treat Halloween like it’s a day for bloodletting and mass murder. It’s really just about dressing up and hoarding candy.
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  25. As a Christian I appreciate your perspective. Many times I have struggled with should I or should I not let our kids participate in Halloween. I let them because I know that our God is so much bigger than the holiday and that understanding came after spending time in His word and having a relationship with Him.
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  26. I had a son due on 10/31 and that’s what my pastor kept saying to me there’s got to be light in the dark. He ended up coming on 10/10 but it made so much sense when he said it that way. I agree with you!
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  27. The problem is that there are so many misconceptions and myths about Halloween that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. A lot can be determined by your upbringing too. Halloween isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. I think if more folks read scholarly written material, they wouldn’t be scared either!
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  28. I think everyone should be allowed to celebrate as they want (or don’t) if your out to have fun and a good time on halloween then why not! x
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  29. I like your response. Never be afraid of who you are!
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  30. amanda mcmahon says

    You are right – the TOGETHERNESS should not be overlooked. That shows love and good values too!

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