This post is not meant to start a riot, offend, or make anyone feel bad. Many Christians celebrate Halloween. I believe, as a Christian, it is up to each of us to decide what is best for our families, through prayer. That doesn’t always mean what everyone is doing is right (or wrong). Ultimately it is between you and God. My husband and I decided it is best for our family to NOT celebrate Halloween. Here is a little about why we came to this decision:
The history behind Halloween
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. [Read full story]
At CBN.com you can find some more historical information from the article The Pagan Roots of Halloween.
I don’t want my children surrounded by evil
I’m fully aware that I can’t shelter my children from evil when we live in a World full of sin. What I can do is guard their hearts from evil things as much as I can. There is so much darkness in Halloween – costumes (devils, witches, ghosts, etc.), decorations (dark things meant to scare children), jack-o’-lanterns, trick-or-treating, and everything else. I realize how it is mostly just for fun anymore, but that’s not how it was started or intended. It is up to parents to teach our children what is right and wrong, what is dark and what is light. I want my children surrounded by THE Light – Jesus!
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Ephesians 5:11 (NIV)
I want my children to stand up for what they believe in, even if nobody agrees with them!
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
3 John 1:11 (NIV)
I want to lead my kids down the path of righteousness, so that one day they will choose the right path for themselves.
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
There are many more verses that relate to halloween here.
The safety of trick-or-treating
My final reason for not celebrating Halloween is because it isn’t even safe anymore. Put aside all of the other reasons, if I didn’t feel like it goes against all of my beliefs, I still don’t think I’d let my kids go (especially not alone). There are creeps that can get away with more because they are masked, there are older children who vandalize and play cruel pranks (also masked), there are messed up people who give bad candy (people are now lacing with marijuana). I don’t feel comfortable putting my kids in such a risky situation.
Halloween just doesn’t seem worth the risk to me. It’s my job to keep my children safe and I will do everything in my power to do so. I will also explain to them why I don’t believe in celebrating it, and one day they can make their own decision. I will always fill my children with the truth from the Bible to back up my beliefs! It can be hard for kids because of peer pressure and feeling left out. I do take my kids to a church carnival, so they get candy for playing games and have a fun evening. It also keeps us away from home that night – seeing all of the other kids trick-or-treating. I do want my kids to be happy and have fun, but I’m more concerned about their place in Heaven when their lives on Earth are finished!