Halloween-Trick or Treat?
"What is everyone is doing as alternatives for Halloween? We've decided not to take our daughter out Trick or Treating or anything else like that, but our church stopped having their Fall Festival that they used to have on the same day as Halloween so now I'm kind of stuck for ideas!"-Mindy
A reader emailed me the above question, and seeing how Halloween is coming soon, I thought it would be a good time to share how my parents raised me concerning this day.
Being a Christian affects every aspect of my life. From wearing jewelry, to the music I listen to, and the holidays I observe, everything must come under scrutiny of asking myself, "Is this God honoring?" Halloween is no exception, and so I ask myself, what is the good of Halloween? What could be honoring to God concerning Halloween?
Even a quick study of the day will uncover the origins of Halloween; those origins are troubling to say the least. I found the following quote from a website on the origins of Halloween: "Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts." That doesn't exactly sound like a day I want to participate in, as we all know that the dead will be raised from the grave when our Lord and Savior returns! They will not be coming back as ghosts to haunt us!
The reader above asked for ideas of how to observe this day if you don't want to go trick or treating. My thoughts? It's just another day. Nothing special is called for. I honestly don't see a need to teach our children that we have to give them something fun to do instead of going trick or treating. I was always taught that Halloween's origins was a wicked thing, we don't observe it, end of story. When we lived in the city, a lot of the time we would turn off a lot of lights in the house and just watch a movie, read a family book, etc. so we didn't have to deal with people ringing our doorbell. Our parents didn't want us as little children to see some of the awful costumes that would show up at the door. Other than that, it was just any other day.
Both of my boy's birthdays are in October, and one is quite close to the 31st. Last year we had their birthday party on Halloween, as it was the only day that would work for family! As other people were walking down the street trick or treating, we were outside in the front yard playing games with the children. We had a few stares, as I'm sure people were wondering why we were not dressed up!
Children think they are getting a treat when you dress them up, and take them out to get candy. What child wouldn't want that? But really you are falling into a trap. You are allowing them to take part in something that from it's roots up is grounded in evil.
I think the most important thing we need to pass on to our children concerning Halloween is this- As Christians, we have no need to fear the evil costumes, and the dark things that go on around this time.
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."-Romans 8: 38, 39
As parents, if we are calm and at peace at Halloween time, our children will pick up on that. But if we are fearful of the wickedness that goes on and show it, our children will learn to grow up being afraid also.
That being said, be careful of the "high and mighty" attitude concerning stepping away from Halloween. Sadly, many times when we step back from doing something like the world, it easily lends to a haughty attitude towards those who do participate.
If your family desires this could be a time to reach out to others and share the gospel. Our family has not done this yet, but I've heard of an excellent way to reach out to others during this time. Go ahead and open the door to all the little children, but instead of candy hand out some fruit and a scripture tract! Another idea we heard for adults is to go door to door trick or treating but when someone is trying to share candy with you that is an opportunity to share a tract with them and share that God loves you.
What does your family do on October 31? What ideas can you share for alternatives to the common Halloween practices?
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