Halloween comes every year on the 31st of October. It is widely celebrated all around the world with candy, costumes, and parties. Every year, Christians are faced with the dilemma of what to believe about this day. I should note that many Christians have different views of this holiday & it is hard to give a definite statement of what all Christians believe about Halloween.
While it is universally agreed that Halloween can be a fun time for kids, there is a certain level of darkness associated with the day & its history. For the sake of the length of this blog, I will not get into the detailed & pagan history of Halloween. Even today, young people see this day as a time to get drunk, wear immodest costumes, cause mischief, and even use the occasional drug. So what do Christians believe about this day?
Some Christians Celebrate Halloween
There are Christians who believe in Jesus & take their kids trick-or-treating as harmless fun. They celebrate the holiday just like any unbeliever would. This is a matter of conscience (1 Corinthians 10:23-33) for the parents whether they are going to allow their kids to celebrate Halloween or not. These Christians see Halloween as harmless & not about darkness and licentiousness. The advice to these Christians is that they look at the history of Halloween & make their informed decision as to whether their conscience would be fine with celebrating. It may be a good idea for these Christians to set some boundaries as to how far they are willing to celebrate this holiday.
Some Christians Reject Halloween
There are some Christians who get weird about the issue of Halloween. They shut their lights off, pretend they’re not home, & try to hide out from anyone coming and knocking at their door. They can often be quite judgmental & look down on those who have decided that they will celebrate Halloween. These Christians have looked at the history of Halloween and decided that they cannot, in good conscience, allow themselves or their kids to celebrate the “Devil’s day.” The parents have decided that they do not want to introduce their children to the occult (witches, ghosts, goblins, demons, etc.) The advice to these Christians is that they don’t get weird & judgmental of other people not sharing the same personal convictions as them.
Some Christians Try To Redeem Halloween
Lastly, there are Christians who try to redeem Halloween and still stand strong in their Christian convictions without giving into the darkness associated with the day. Sometimes this includes taking their kids to the church for a fun evening of games & candy. Sometimes they will encourage their children to dress up as their favourite Biblical character (i.e. Moses, John the Baptizer, etc.) or person from church history (i.e. Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, etc.) These Christians may even take their kids trick-or-treating and use that as an opportunity to talk to the kids about the supernatural or warn them of the dangers of the occult & how our victory is found in Jesus. The advice to these Christians is to see Halloween as an opportunity to be missional to their neighbours & teach their children about Jesus’ victory over Satan. Again, set some boundaries as to how far you will celebrate the day with your kids.
For The Christians Without Children
There is nothing wrong with partying. However, there is a problem with drunkenness. You may be too old to go trick-or-treating & too young to be worrying about children. If that is where you’re at, maybe volunteer at the church where the kids are coming on that evening (organizing games, giving out candy, etc.) The other alternative is to have a party where the police don’t have to be called on you. If you are going to dress up, then be modest with it. Again, be aware of the darkness surrounding the holiday and do not be partakers in licentiousness (however that looks like for you).
Lastly, there is always the possibility of celebrating Reformation Day. This is a fun time to dress up as your favourite Reformer and redeem the day. For more information on Reformation Day, I refer you to my blog entitled: What Is Reformation Day?
– Tyson Bradley
For More Information
5 Tips For A Happy Christian Halloween – The Resurgence
Where Did Halloween Come From? Can A Christian Celebrate It? – CARM