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Stay with me church. This is not your typical anti-Halloween blog.

 

Having said that, I should probably begin with explaining why we don’t celebrate it in our house, as I know there are many who don’t understand.

 

I grew up celebrating Halloween. So did my husband. I have a creative mind so I was a fun addition to the party. But back when I was a teenager, I was heading up the youth group Halloween celebration one year and decided to research the origins as a part of our celebrations. What I found was disturbing, to say the least. I remember being shocked and continuing to check many more sources, hoping the initial source was somehow inaccurate. In the end, I had to accept the reality of all it used to represent and all it still does represent.

 

Once Aaron and I began having kids we needed to decide where we stood. The biggest struggle for me was to put out of my mind what others would think if I did not follow status quo. Finally, I had to imagine that no one was left on the face of the earth but me, Aaron, and our children. In that place of new beginnings, what holidays would we choose to continue and how would we do it? It may sound strange, but I have spent many years wanting to fit in with my family and church more than anything so this scenario was the only one that helped me start thinking clearly on these matters.

 

We checked into different angles of history again, did some reading on Christians who thought it was acceptable, or even good, to celebrate Halloween and looked through the Bible for guidance. We found many verses which related to the celebration of evil or use of evil for entertainment, how our Lord feels about it, and what direction He encourages us to go. Recently I came across a blog, The Smelly Life. (http://smelly-life.blogspot.ca/2013/10/why-we-dont-celebrate-halloween.html) In her writing on Halloween she beautifully assembled some verses that have always spoke to us on this matter, so I will share an excerpt of her blog with you. The last two have especially always stood out to me.

 

“Halloween celebrates darkness, evil and death.

 

I celebrate the God who gives life~

 

*Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” (Luke 20:38)

 

*The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

 

What the holiday represents is detestable to the Lord~

 

And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. (Deut. 18:10-12)

 

I am called to abstain from the appearance of evil~

 

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thess. 5:22)

 

I am called to be set apart~

 

* Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.(Rom 12:2)

 

*But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Pet. 2:9)

 

*Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17)

 

*If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Col. 3:1)

 

I am a child of light~

 

* You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness (1 Thes. 5:5)

 

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph. 5:8-11)”

 

In the end we decided not to participate in Halloween but decided also that if we were going to forgo a creative and fun outlet then we would go out of our way to make sure our kids had other outlets. So we began scooping up cheap costumes after October 31st, making other plans to distract the kids that day, and hosting costume parties just for the fun of it or at birthdays.

 

My hesitation to “break the mold” was not unfounded. As it turned out, there were many heated words thrown our way and public joking at our expense. It hurt, but that is only because I still cared too much about the opinion of others.

 

The fact that I don’t celebrate Halloween makes me a minority and a misunderstood one, as so many assume I am an extremist or assume I don’t celebrate any other holidays either.

 

But the second part of this which makes us a minority is the fact that we came to this conclusion despite having been raised differently and despite attending a church at the time where most celebrated traditional Halloween. I think it fair to say that most people who differ from the main stream celebrations do so because they were raised that way or because they attend a place of worship that follows that pattern. I believe the majority of people, including Christians, will find every excuse to validate what they have always known rather than taking an honest new look at it. It is our natural human tendency.

 

Since those tough early years, I have met many more Christians who do not celebrate Halloween. However, I do know Christians who are active God seekers and who prefer God’s agenda (even if it gets them mocked) yet have chosen to celebrate Halloween for various reasons. I do not judge them. I understand their hearts and truly respect their minds. Paul gave us clear instructions in Romans, chapter 14, lest we turn any holiday or minor belief difference into church dividers. This is important, and it unfortunately may make me a minority again. It is so easy for us to accidently judge a person who has different convictions, but if we are assuming someone to be a “convenience Christian” just because of Halloween then we are in error. If they are on a path to justify whatever they are already used to, it will be evident in many areas of life. It always is. But when someone shows all the signs of being the real deal, yet has different convictions on this, we need to live out Paul’s instructions and respect where they are at.

 

Actually, I have continued to consider many other opinions on the matter, always open to something I have missed or something else God wants to show me. I may be a minority for that reason as well. As of yet, I haven’t found any new angle to it, and neither has Aaron. But, that won’t stop us from being open to healthy conversation on the matter. You never know when God is going to teach us something new.

 

In speaking about Christians who do not believe in celebrating Halloween, I am going to bring up one more common agenda and that is hosting special prayer circles or worship to combat the evil of the evening. I am all for group prayer and understand the power of praise but (at risk of being a minority again) here’s what I say- Make sure you are not organizing a fear campaign.  There is no need to work ourselves into a tither just because of what the calendar says. I have read the ending. We win. Our God is more than able to do His job. The best way to annoy our enemy is to submit to God’s ways and be at peace. Jesus paid a great price on that cross for our freedom- freedom from our own sin. THAT is worth singing about! It is not our job to punish ourselves every October 31st, praying against Satan just because it is his biggest celebration. We fight the fight of faith against all odds. And we fight against our own desires and habits as we do things God’s way, seeking Him constantly. The rest of the battle is up to Him.

 

Matter of fact, unless you feel specifically led otherwise, I would just ignore Halloween altogether. We have spent many years coming up with cool distractions for the kids. Actually, our kids started associating October 31st with new fish. Let me explain that one. For several years, we were looking for ways to entertain the kids on a cheap budget Halloween day, in a place that was not all crazy decked out with gore. We soon realized that aquarium stores put up very few seasonal decorations, provided easy entertainment for the kids for a little while (especially if there were sharks), and provided a cheap way to take home the thrill of a new pet.

 

To be honest, we live in an area that it is very easy to ignore Halloween. But many people do not live in such areas. I know one Christian who lived in a newer, upscale neighbourhood and felt strongly about not celebrating Halloween but did not want to give the wrong impression to the kids in her area so she walked around the neighbourhood during the days previous, went to each child’s door, handed them a large size chocolate bar, explained she would not be home on Halloween but that she loved them and would love a visit from them some other time.

 

Every situation is different. God knows that. The point is for each of us to seek God’s heart on the matter and then live according to our own convictions. He will always give us realistic way to live out our convictions. Whether we have truly looked into the matter is between each person and a God who cannot be fooled.

 

Let’s choose our paths as people who are fully surrendered. Let’s whole heartedly walk our path of choice for all the right reasons, not because it is all we have ever known. 

 

Being a minority in any circle is not always fun, but thinking for ourselves gives us reason to celebrate truly living, every day of the year.  

 

 

 

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