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“Halloween seems to be a matter of debate among Christians. Any thoughts?”—Tony
There are numerous responses to the “holiday” among Christians. Some choose to ignore it, preferring instead to focus on Reformation Day (Oct. 31) and/or All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1).
Others disdain the event. They point to biblical instruction to “abstain from any appearance of evil” (I Thess. 5:19) and not to “give the devil a foothold” (Eph. 4:27).
They abhor the idea of giving credibility to an event that has pagan roots.
Furthermore, as a matter of conscience they reject the excessive expenditure of money and the “juvenile extortion of tooth-rotting candy.”
Other Christians see value in Halloween. It presents, they say,
… an opportunity to announce good news! Evil cannot be where good resides (Rom. 8:31-39). Halloween offers a chance to cultivate a deeper sense of the infinite love and grace of God in our lives — to celebrate Christ’s victory over all things scary and spooky (Eph. 6:10-17; Col. 2:15).
… a teachable moment, an opportunity for parents to point out that there are real forces of darkness present in the world.
Many people, sad, sick, lonely, hungry and desperate, look for meaning in strange places and cling to cheap, empty things in order to fill an empty heart (Rom. 1:18-32; 3:9-23).
This is a time for parents to teach children how to live out “love, a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith” (I Tim. 1:3ff; II Tim. 1:7).
… a valuable celebration of imagination. Kids love to “make believe.” The fun of “playing dress-up” is inherent in the need to explore the big, wide world — and is a way of coping with things we don’t understand.
Though not every costume is appropriate for children, this inclination to imagine may be the springboard to a maturing ability to grasp the marvel and mystery of a loving God who shows Himself to us in surprising ways (I Cor. 2:6-16; Eph. 1:15-21)!