Is it Wrong for a Christian to Participate in Halloween?
I grew up in a Christian home, and every year my family celebrated Halloween. I have wonderful memories of dressing up in extravagant costumes that were handmade by my mom. My siblings and I brought home pillow cases full of candy and my brother and I would spend the whole next day sorting our candy and making a poster sized bar graph of all the different types of candy we received. Making the graph was my mom’s way of adding an educational twist to the mountains of candy, and we really enjoyed it. Sometimes our Halloween candy lasted until Christmas! For me, Halloween was simply a day to dress up in a cool costume and collect a load of candy from the neighbors. It was so much fun!
However, many families do not participate in Halloween celebrations. My husband never celebrated Halloween growing up due to his family’s religious beliefs about Halloween. They didn’t dress up and they didn’t hand out candy. Halloween was basically ignored. It wasn’t a holiday my husband’s family chose to acknowledge. Now that we have children of our own, my husband and I have a decision to make about whether or not to participate in Halloween activities. We are both believers in Christ, and we want to make the right choice as parents.
Let me start out by saying that the Bible clearly tells us to oppose evil. For example, Deuteronomy 18 warns us to stay away from witchcraft, sorcery, divination, interpreting omens, and calling up the dead. These are all condemned repeatedly in the Bible. I realize that some people do celebrate Halloween in the evilest of ways. However, I really do not see any harm or evil in my son dressing up like Bob the Builder and collecting treats from friends and neighbors. It’s an innocent fun activity. There’s no witchcraft or devil worshipping involved in that. If there was, we’d definitely sit Halloween out.
Before having children, we passed on all Halloween events. We’d go out to dinner or a movie to get away from the house for the evening. In the past few years, our kids were too young to really participate anyway. My husband felt stronger about not celebrating Halloween than I did about celebrating it, so until now, we have opted out of Halloween activities.
This year, our church is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event where families will line up their cars in the parking lot and hand out candy from their trunks. It is a safer alternative to trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, and everyone in the community is welcome to join in the fun and fellowship. I think it’s a great way to reach out to those in the community who aren’t church members or don’t know Christ. This potentially evil holiday can be used by Christians to shine God’s light and make a spiritual difference in people’s lives.
I recently asked my husband if he would be okay with participating in the Trunk-or-Treating event at our church on Halloween. I could tell he was hesitant, but he said he would go along with it. Since I celebrated Halloween as a child, I know how much fun it can be, and I want my kids to experience that. I guess that’s why I’d like our family to participate in the Trunk-or-Treating at our church this October.
So this year we’re going to dress our adorable kids in adorable costumes, and I’m sure my son will think he’s in heaven when he finds out there’s candy involved. We’re going to spend the evening having a good time with our friends and family. Like I said before, we will not participate in anything evil or sinful. Just like any other day, we will strive to glorify God in all that we do.