In a few days, little kids everywhere will dress up in costumes and walk around door-to-door, receiving candy from neighbors and friends.
There’s nothing wrong with that on the outside, is there?
Not really, until you look beyond the trick-or-treating and see the ghosts, skeletons, zombies, demons, and other disturbing decorations that appear everywhere around this time of year.
What does those signify? What are we celebrating when we take pleasure in death and darkness?
Death and Darkness vs. Light and Life
Every holiday celebrates something. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. At Easter, we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection. On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love. On Independence Day, we celebrate the birth of our country. On Thanksgiving, we celebrate our blessings.
On Halloween, what do we celebrate?
At its heart, Halloween is a celebration of death, evil, and darkness.
Death, evil, and darkness are characteristics of Satan.
That means Halloween is essentially a holiday that celebrates Satan.
Why would Christians want to celebrate Satan? Satan is not something to be celebrated. Satan is the opposite of everything every other holiday stands for. Satan is the opposite of everything God stands for. (Read my post about Satan here.)
God stands for light, life, hope, love, and joy, everything that Christians should celebrate. Satan stands for darkness, death, hopelessness, hate, despair, and everything that Christians should have a rightful horror of.
And when we celebrate Halloween, we are witnessing to the world, and not in a good way. We are becoming desensitized to the evil of the devil. We are walking in darkness rather than light and focusing our minds on the bad instead of the good.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Is Halloween truth? Is it honorable? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it excellent or worthy of praise?
I don’t think so.
So why would we celebrate it?
Some Alternative Ideas…
- My family always has a family movie night on Halloween, which can be a fun thing to do.
- You can also play board games.
- Or if you’re into making movies, that could be a fun thing to do as well.
- If you have friends who don’t celebrate Halloween either, plan something fun to do with them.
- You could have a movie and popcorn night.
- Or a spa night, if you’re girls.
- Play board games or video games.
- Bake or cook something together.
- Just get together and chat with snacks and hot chocolate or something!
- Read the Bible and spend some time in prayer for all of the people who are overcome by darkness and need the gospel.
- Curl up with a nice long book, a blanket, and a hot drink.
If you’re concerned about missing the dressing up part, remember that you can always host a costume party at some other point in the year that has nothing to do with Halloween. And you can definitely still enjoy candy if you want!
Ultimately, this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves. But think long and carefully about what you believe the Bible says on this matter, and make a wise decision that will promote light and truth.