Well, it’s that time of year again. I know this is a big deal with some Christians. It’s not for me. IMHO, Halloween is all about candy and kids dressing up in cute costumes. But if you are one of those Christians who thinks otherwise, I just respectfully disagree with you. I don’t think you are self-righteous, have a weak faith, or anything else.
The first argument against Halloween is one of origins. It began as a pagan holiday honoring pagan gods and spirits, not all of which were very nice. To some extent, these traditions have been carried over to our Halloween celebrations.
However, Christmas and Easter have similarly dubious origins. The church has turned those two days into Christian holidays, but in the same way many of the original traditions are maintained. Can anyone tell me what bunnies, chicks, and boiled eggs have to do with Christ’s resurrection?
If you want to be consistent, you’d have to do away with Christmas gift-giving, do away with Rudolph and Santa and Christmas trees and all that, and replace it with a nativity scene and maybe a “Birthday party for Jesus”. All of our Easter traditions would go away – no more egg hunts! – and we’d celebrate Resurrection Sunday instead.
The other argument against Halloween is that it _continues_ to carry the same (or similar) signficance as it originally did, that it’s a day devoted to glorifying evil and Satan. And here, I think those who oppose Halloween have a point.
I believe that a lot of the things associated with Halloween are, in fact, celebrations of evil and improper for Christians (though I won’t even speculate as to whether or not they are sinful). Ghoulish, evil costumes, haunted houses, all that sort of stuff – I think Christians should not participate in that. Maybe I’m a neo-Pharisee legalist, but I think that’s a bit too close to imitating evil.
In the same vein, though, Christmas is often about toys. And just like we can celebrate Christmas without being too caught up in the commercialization, and retaining lots of extra-Biblical traditions, we can celebrate Halloween without sinning.
If it’s wrong for my 3 year old tiger and 1 year old lion to get bags of candy from our neighbors and family, well, I just don’t see it. And I’m sure that my life has many worse unrecognized sins than that. I’ll trust in God’s mercy and grace to forgive my ignorant sins, and in His Spirit to convict me of this if I’m wrong. But as far as I can tell, if you leave out all the gruesome and evil stuff, Halloween is about candy, children, and costumes, not the devil.