Why I Celebrate Halloween

October 27, 2014

I love Halloween!  I always enjoy dressing up and using my creativity to express myself as another person.  I’m the girl who “took my siblings trick-or-treating” in high school since my parents said I was too old to go myself.  Although Nate and I haven’t had a reason to dress up the past few years and no kids come trick-or-treating at our apartment, we always go on long walks Halloween evening in order to see all the cute costumes.  (Are we creepers???)

I know many Christians view Halloween differently than I do.  I understand that many Christians do not and will not do anything that has to do with Halloween.  I do not judge these Christians for feeling this way because Halloween does have dark, pagan roots and the day is still used for many evil deeds.  The satanic and occult rituals that happen on the 31st of October are disgusting and heartbreaking to hear about and I will have no part in that aspect of Halloween.

That being said, I would love to share with you – especially those of you who are Christian – why I feel strongly that Christians should participate in this holiday.

Why Christians Should Participate in Halloween
Isn’t Halloween a Pagan/Satanic Holiday?

Just because a tradition has its beginning in demonic, pagan, very un-Christian practices, that does not mean we cannot redeem it and turn it into a fun rather than satanic tradition.  I know some people will not carve jack-o-lanterns because of the history and satanic story behind the tradition.  If that’s the case, they should also not have a Christmas tree in their home because of the pagan beginning of that tradition.  So many of our “Christian” holidays (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter…) have traditions that stem from pagan traditions.  I believe that traditions can be redeemed and Christians can celebrate them without making it about paganism or satanism.

What About Having Our Kids Participate in an Alternate Activity?

There are so many fun events to enjoy during the Halloween season and I don’t feel that they can be separated from holidy of Halloween.  I can’t wrap my mind around an event that, with non-Christians, is all about Halloween but with Christians is called a “Harvest” event.  No, a party where kids dress up and go to a church on October 31st is not a Harvest Party, it’s a Halloween Party.  No, a trip to the pumpkin patch is not celebrating Harvest time, it’s celebrating Halloween.  (Since why would you get a pumpkin during the Halloween season other than the tradition of turning it into a jack-o-lantern?)  I’m definitely an all or nothing person – either you celebrate Halloween or you don’t – so I can’t get behind Christians going so far out of their ways to “not celebrate” Halloween but still get to participate in all the fun activities while calling it a “Harvest celebration”

Can I Really Hand Out Candy to Non Christian Kids When I Don’t Like the Idea of Halloween?

Listen, when else do strangers knock on your door and allow you to enter into their lives if even for a brief moment???  What kind of influence can you have in their lives during this moment?  Turning off your lights and refusing to hand out candy doesn’t give you the opening into your neighbor’s lives.  Let me get this straight, though, I’m NOT suggesting handing out tracts instead of (or even with) your Halloween candy!!!  DON’T DO IT!!!!  PLEASE!!!!  Unfortunately, in today’s world most non-Christians are very jaded against tracts.  To tell you the truth, I don’t blame them.  I know how I feel when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door with info about their church.  I kind of just roll my eyes, throw their information away, and move on with my life.  When a Jehovah’s Witness actually wants to talk, though, I’m more than willing to sit down with them and have a conversation about their faith.  It’s fun and so informative!  Instead of handing out tracts, build relationships with your neighbors!  When Nate and I have a house, we are planning on opening up our home on Halloween to whoever is trick-or-treating.  We plan on having hot cocoa, apple cider, and other treats for the kiddos and their parents to enjoy.  We want to invite them to relax for a little bit so we can chat with them and get to know them.  We want to build friendships and relationships with our future neighbors and, in time, share our faith with them and get to know what their beliefs and passions are.  (The only issue with that is that one of us is going to have to take Caleb trick-or-treating so we can’t both be home meeting our neighbors.  I guess both will be fun!)

Your Turn:
Do you celebrate halloween?  Why or why not?
If you do celebrate, what are you doing this year?
Prev Post Next Post