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As a child, Halloween was a fun time to dress up in fun costumes. I grew up in a non-Christian home and this was just no big deal. One year my mom made me a ‘Flying Nun’ costume. Yes, it included the winged hat!! No, I could not fly.
As a youth Halloween became nothing more than a contest to see who could fill a pillowcase the fullest with candy. My brother would save his and spread the consumption over a period of many weeks. Me? I ate it all within a few days. Yuck!
Even as a young married woman (still not saved), we did not participate in Halloween. I saw Halloween as a stupid idea of encouraging children to consume way too much candy. So we never had the kids trick-or-treat or dress up.
Then when I was saved I saw much more to this ‘celebrating’… and the decorations and costumes have become so… creepy and disgusting… it is all so very disturbing.
A dear friend of mine, Bambi over at In the Nursery of the Nation wrote an excellent post about Halloween, which she has graciously given me permission of share with all of you. You will be blessed by her blog too!
“What is that, Mommy?” a little girl asks with wide eyes.
“That’s a ghost, dear.”
“A ghost? What’s a ghost?”
“A ghost is a dead person who hasn’t gone to heaven or hell, but stays on earth to scare and play tricks on living people,” the mom answers.
“Oh. What’s that, Mommy?”
“That’s a vampire, sweetie–a dead person who only comes out at night. He searches for people whose necks he can bite so he can drink their blood and continue existing.”
The little one shudders, but can’t help herself, so she continues: “And her, Mommy?”
“That’s a witch, darling. Witches worship Satan and learn spells and curses to work Satan’s wickedness,” the mother explains.
“Well, why do all these homes have headstones and skeletons in their yard, Mom? Are there dead people in the yards?”
“No,” the mother answers, “They are decorating festively for Halloween, dear.”
“I see,” the little girl responds, as she continues to take in the scenes surrounding her. Her eyes become surprised and mildly amused as she asks,”Well who is that little boy dressed as, Mom? He’s so cute and funny with his red suit and pointed tail, carrying that silly pitchfork!”
“He’s dressed as the enemy of your soul–the devil. He is a liar and a deceiver. Satan convinces people that his ways are fun and harmless so that he can bring their death and destruction. Satan wants to see you burn for an eternity in hell, honey. And he will do everything in his power to confuse you to believe that the Christian life is one of drudgery and that his life for you is all fun and pleasure.”
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
The bloody masks litter the grocery store aisles, the sexy adult costumes make us redirect our children, and amid the seduction and allurement of the “holiday,” moms attempt to grab that fuzzy puppy costume for the five-year-old. We tell ourselves Halloween is harmless–it’s for the kids.
As chosen ones of the Author of Life, undeserving of his grace and mercy, how can we in good conscience celebrate with our children, a holiday centered on death and superstition? We are lovers of the Way, the Truth and the Life. He has granted us eternal life. We seek a crown of Life. He has given us life and that more abundantly. We are to walk in newness of life by God’s grace, with our Savior, the Bread of Life.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
You may be interested in the following articles:
The origins of Halloween (Purely a secular view and historical facts)
The Scariest Thing You Can Do This Halloween (by Doug Phillips).
Former Wiccan and Self-Proclaimed Witch Explain Why, As Christians, They No Longer Celebrate Halloween by A Second Generation of Homeschooling