Every year, Halloween comes, and every year, Christians question what their thoughts on it should be. Some sweep any concerns under the rug claiming, “Its harmless dress-up and candy, and our children love it,” whereas others see the witches, goblins and demons and refuse to support such a dark, wicked celebration. What should our thoughts on Halloween be? Like most things, I believe there is a middle ground to be had.
A quick search of the origin of the name, “Halloween,” will tell you that it is short for “All Hallows Eve” which is the day before “All Saint’s Day” which was instituted by Pope Boniface IV to remember and celebrate the lives of saints and martyrs who have come before us. The origins of the holiday itself, however, is hard to pin down. There are many celebrations of the dead in numerous countries around the world, and most all of them have an element of darkness and sacrifices. We cannot avoid the dark elements of the day, but does that mean we must avoid the day altogether?
I for one do not think we must avoid it, but must use caution with our celebrations. During the Halloween season, there are numerous gatherings that celebrate with Fall Festivals, costumes and candy, and these are wonderful times of fellowship and fun. Halloween can greatly encourage community and give us an excuse to have fun together and enjoy sweets like no other time of year. I believe there is great danger in surrendering a day to darkness, and I think the Church should renew it with the joy of Christ. He has come to save us from death and darkness, so, don’t give up the day to death and darkness. Use this day as a chance to fellowship and strengthen relationships in your community and church, and also use it as a night to shine the light of Christ to others!
In summary, we do not need to fear Halloween, but we must be cautious of what types of celebrations we participate in. Watch out for the darkness and wicked things that occur on October 31, because they are out there. We may not be able to prevent them, but we can battle that darkness with light. Trick-or-Treat with your families, attend the Fall Festivals with thankful hearts, and celebrate the salvation you have in Jesus by letting your light shine before others. If your church is able, consider hosting a Fall Festival that focuses on light and thanksgiving. Enjoy candy, costumes and community, all the while knowing that every day belongs to our Heavenly Father, including Halloween.