What's Hallowed about Halloween?

This hub will be short and to the point. Recently I began a part-time job to supplement my income from the church. Things seem to be a little tight these days. I may be behind the times from the world's perspective, but I think I'm in line with God's view.

My new job title is Sales Associate, a fancy way of saying I'm a customer greeter. My job is to make sure that the customer is well taken care of and as his/her needs met while shopping in the card and party store. As God would have it, I am responsible for the Halloween aisle.

There seems to be some debate over how the Halloween season began. Some trace it back to the Celts and Druids. Some say that it is a harmless holiday for children to have fun and collect candy. This second view I would expect from the non-christian world, but as I have had opportunity to see what goes on this time of year from my new perspective, I truly wonder how Christians can be involved.

At the store there is shelf after shelf of costumes. I counted over 400. There is the devil Fairy, Ghoulish Ghoul, the Mummy's Wrap, and so many others. Devil horns and vampire teeth along with zombie dress complete with rotting flesh are available. The adult costumes reveal more flesh than one can see at a beach in July.

Why is it, there are no angels, just devil fairies? Why is it that everything focuses on the dark side? Truly Halloween cannot be considered just a neutral holiday. I believe satan is glorified at this time of year. Even Christians and especially Christians have no idea of the danger behind this ancient holiday.

There is much I could say about the history of Halloween--maybe another hub. But the present should speak loud enough.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & useful! Well written and informative. I agree, yet some not so 'involved' Christians might just say, "What's the harm, everybody's doing it..." I just ask if everyone were to jump off a cliff, would you? Christians need not participate in anything satanic...


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sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

When our church does a harvest festival, we do a outreach, prizes and candy, games and we do a photo shoot. We also have cotton candy and our worship team is singing. We all pull together but this year we are having pot luck.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Sherrylou,

It's wonderful when God's people can take something evil and turn it into something good for Christ. Thanks for sharing.


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Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Published a hub a few minutes ago on the origins of this supposed holiday. http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Tracing-th...


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Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Amen Lifegate.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Lifegate I must applaud you on this hub, There's nothing good about Halloween, because I did a research on it and it's plain and simple worshipping the devil. You call it a fun day for the kids are whatever, but it is a danger that even the parent of the children don't recognize. This is sad,because Satan get a chance to use people without there knowledge. I really appreciate this hub, thank you for sharing it.Godspeed.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

I think sharing the Lord's view has always been behind the times. This world has been worshipping satan for a long time and Halloween is an occasion to let the truth come out of the closet. It is not harmless.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 'Abstain from all appearance of evil.' Peace.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Dressing up with those evil things were meant to scare those kinds of things away and also to hide within the evil things, not become them or even bring them to you.

What is evil looking to one is lovely to another so A.M. Werner what would look like evil to you may not be to someone else. Beauty is Within a person not their outward looks.

Just as in the Bible those with Leprosy wer turned away and put in camps and such and kept from others because of their looks. Good thing they are not treated that way today as we have learned much through the medical profession and have cured those that "LOOK" differently then what we "SUPPOSE" as looking good or evil.

God doesn't judge a person fro their looks but for what they are inside.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Do you want to scare away Angels?


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Debradoo,

Thanks for the update about your hub. I'll be heading there!

CO,

Thanks for your comment. You're always so encouraging. And yes, it's not a fun day, but a danger to kids.

AM,

I totally agree, and it certainly isn't harmless!

LadyG,

I'm sorry. I don't get your point about scaring away angels. Also, I'm not concerned about what might be evil to one may be beautiful to another. I'm only concerned about how God sees it, not fallible people. The lepers were kept outside of the camp, not because of their looks, but because of health and safety reasons to those inside the camp.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

The point is that evil looking costumes scare away evil spirits. Angel costumes and the like would be used to scare off angels and the like.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I quit the celebration when my children were young. As you stated I could find nothing good about it. One of my children have chosen to follow in step with his own children and am thrilled. I know it was hard for them to not do what everyone else was doing but it was worth it and the right thing to do in expressing our loyalty to God.

Many around me thought it fanatical of me and some considered it just shy of criminal behavior to not participate.

I have a hard time comprehending the cultures fascination and obsession with darkness. God is so much more fascinating and worth our obsession.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

We're told to train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are older they will continue in the path. Sounds like you did a good job. Thanks for the comment.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

It seems like every year a sermon is preached on the dangers of Halloween. While my position may not be popular with some of my christian friends, I will be brave enough to share it. When I was a child growing up Halloween was one of the most fun days of the year. We gave no thought to the origin. All we cared about was the fun we would have going door to door collecting candy. We loved the idea of dressing up in costume. Being out at night with so many other children also in costume felt magical. We weren't devil worshipping. We were having fun on the night that most all children joined in to have fun. We can use this as a point of division,political correctness and piety, or we can recognize it for what it truly is...A night when children get excited to go trick or treating. Nothing to do with devil worship. I have so much respect for you lifegate. I have been blessed as I read many of your hubs. I don't mind if we disagree on this. BTW have you discussed your strong feelings about this with your supervisor? If you can't in good conscience help the customers they put you in charge of helping, everyone would be beter served by reassigning you.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Halloween is a very celebrated holiday among the neo-pagans. It is not of God and you are so right on! It only highlights evil...


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louisxfourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

Published a hub a days ago on the origins of Haloween http://hubpages.com/hub/not-to-halloween to bring the truth, it has began now here in South Africa as well!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Fred,

I appreciate your opinion, and for sure, not everyone will agree with me nor me with them. It's the common bond we hold in Christ that allows us to do that. Thanks for your thoughts, Brother.

CS,

You are so right on! Thanks for stopping by.

Louisxfourie,

I read your hub the other day and appreciate so much what you had to say. Thanks.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Hi lifegate-I appreciate your informative hub and you are right that there are some costumes that are pretty raunchy out there at Halloween. I bring the kids to a fun costume place where their is all kinds of costumes, including angels and princesses and frogs etc... In my personal experience as a christian and a person who likes Halloween, I must agree with Lady G and Fred Allen. My memories as a child are of wonderful times bobbing for apples and going house to house to get as much candy as we could and then going home and counting it. Now in my forties I am enjoying these traditions with my niece and nephew. All the adults in the neighborhood walk together with the kids door to door. It is a night of bonding and having some fun. I respect everyone's view but I just wanted to be honest that I think you can be a christian and LOVE Halloween. Blessings and thanks for sharing this with us LG:)


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Good evening Lifegate,

My children attended a Christian school (Assembly of God), and when we celebrated "Harvest Festival" (as we called it, instead of Halloween), we allowed the children to have a parade and to dress in costume, and we had cupcakes in the classrooms. They dressed as angels and cheerleaders and football players, etc. But nothing that had to do with ghouls or witches.

I agree with you, some of the costumes today are pretty down-right awful. My experience of Halloween as a child, however, were fun and filled with good memories, but we weren't Christians then. My husband and I don't celebrate Halloween, because it just doesn't appeal to us anyway. I don't see what is fun about it. Now, a costume party with a theme, for the sake of dressing up, that I could go for (leaving out all the ghoulish stuff, that is).

Good hub!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

V,

What I've noticed about the really bad costumes is that most are in adult sizes. It's not the kids as much as the adults. Of course, it's the adults that teach the younger. Thanks for stopping by.


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HIShubs 6 years ago from MManila, Philippines

Very timely hub. Halloween costumes prepare some people to what awaits them someday if they go on messing up their eternity. We can't blame them, they have a right to that. In the meantime, what we can do is just go on living the truth daily. We may lambaste the tradition all we want, but that's not gonna stop some people. Keep making great timely hubs like this! God bless!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HIShubs,

Thanks for your input. You're so right!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Halloween is a Christian and Celtic holiday and I think we took most of their ideas, I think I put it in a hub, meant to anyway. I think it could be turned into something alright, there was certainly no sin involved in it when I was a child, just good fun and neighbors all having fun. No one worshiped the wicked witch, it was all about games and candy. I have thought it should be outlawed for years because of recent year dangers or just let people have Halloween parties at the school or your own home. I think in one way it is something children need to get away from computers and games and if those aren't as bad or worse than Halloween, parents should take another look. Blood splattered games for grade school kids...please...I'd rather see the wicked witch!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Polyannalana,

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your input. One thing I would have to disagree with is that Halloween is definitely not a Christian holiday. Celtic yes. Christian no. I do agree that there are many dangers involved. I never really thought about it, but maybe it should be outlawed.

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