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The Halloween Spirit

Updated on August 19, 2014

A Christian's Perspective

There's enough howl in Halloween to make a person batty! Ghosts float around and skull and crossbones block every path ~ does this "spirit" make you want to scream? In an age when protecting our children is ever important, I wonder if the gruesome and gore really have a place any longer.

It's become politically incorrect to not join in the fun and spirit of this "Happy" day! Why does society allow evil images to infiltrate our lives, schools, even where we work?! I'm not trying to rattle any chains ~ but seeing taxpayer dollars spent to sponsor Halloween themed events on dot gov websites makes you gnarl your teeth! A cutely carved pumpkin is one thing in a library, but skulls and ghosts, quite ghastly! I am not picking any bones ~ but as a Christian, it's enough to make our noodles curdle.

All pictures by me ~ Bev Lemley ~ All rights reserved

Blackness and images associated with death have certainly become a part of Halloween ~ the more eerie and evil and gruesome, the better! What a scream! As Christians, we're left hanging. Through the Bible, we are to denounce the wicked and evil things of this world, Romans 12:21, "Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good."

Stumbling on this powerful inspiration from Grace to You, a light came on in my heart. Here are my prayerful reflections: The Light of the world lives in us and through us ON Halloween Day as He does every other day of the year ~ isn't that a powerful, reassuring thought?! God's Spirit on Halloween is ever present; in fact, when you think about it, He's even more in control: God's Kingdom will surpass and supplant any evil thing we face ~ that's reason to celebrate! Indeed, Victory is on the way!

To explain to their children why we don't celebrate Halloween...

Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween?
Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween?

To explain why as Christians we don't celebrate Halloween, this book appears to fit the bill, explaining the history and understanding why as Christians we choose not to partake. My hats off to the parents who care to give the correct message to their children.

 

Just like this moon picture, taken through the trees...

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...Halloween is an illusion ~ a mass marketing scheme. Who said it's cool to be a ghoul, or awesome to be gruesome, anyway? On a positive note, as Christians, we can turn the spirit of Halloween into God's Spirit ON Halloween, and ask Him through fervent prayer that His Kingdom reach into hearts and to rule over the land, most particularly on this day. How ironic that evil mocks death ~ when death is what evil should be most afraid of! The Spirit is with us ON Halloween, just like every other day. Amen?! Amen!!

To add punch to this day...

...A lot of churches have family activities for children on this day, also known as All Hallowed Eve ~ this impresses upon children the importance of God's Spirit on this day. How positive is that ~ a day set aside just for that!

Only God can change our seasons...

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Pretty fall scenes and themes, a nip in the air makes one feel refreshed and renewed. Christians are given another reason and season to celebrate! The color of autumn orange complements the shades of yellow, red, green, and brown that fall from the bright blue October sky. The warm touch of a bit of fall sun is comforting!

The sweet smell of hay in the autumn...

... that is dried and bound, essentially gives life through the winter. Christ's birth in a manger reminds us that through His salvation and love, he surely brings us hope, even more so, on Halloween.

Heavenly thoughts...

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As we hear of witches on broomsticks flying in front of the moon or bats flying at us, all the negative hype, or "fun" that is thrust at humans at Halloween, whether you want to see it or not, take a look heavenward. When all is said and done, it's more likely clouds in the sky that fly overhead form angels instead of things that can make us batty. I don't know about you, but envisioning angels watching over us instead of something on a broomstick is the sweetest blessing of all.

Howl-O-Ween or How-We-Scream!

If you have read this far, my bet is you're probably a Christian who looks at Howl-O-Ween with a different perspective than most. But do you still look at Howl-O-Ween as harmless fun, joining in the fun of the day in the traditional way, or do you feel that despite the store shelves screaming for your attention, the appearances of evil in any form is still evil and that staying true to God's teachings is even more important on this day and should conform to God's teachings?

What is Howl-O-Ween to you?

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Howl-O-Ween...

A HOWLING Good time

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HOWL NO?

To Howl - Or Not to How?

Do you prefer to howl with the rest...

No! No howling for me...I don't partake in Howl-o-ween

No! No howling for me...I don't partake in Howl-o-ween

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I will only do Hallowe'en if I can do it to witness for Jesus. Otherwise - no way. Not for me!

    • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Some time it hard not getting caught up in it all. I don't dress up myself or my house. No Halloween party or candy for the kids, but I do like seeing a cute kid all dressed up for a fun night.

    Yes! Howling is good for you!

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      Some inspirational thoughts from others - About the Christian perspective on Halloween

      It didn't take much looking to see that other Christians have basically the same perspective of Halloween as I do. I invite you to browse through my summaries of the following links ~ and be inspired and find hope ~ and a new perspective yourself!

      Keeping the Christian Spirit

      Christians and Halloween ~ Bob for Answers! Find strength and encouragement to take back this day that focuses on the dark and negative things that don't fit a Christian's core beliefs. Join the growing trend to rejoice in this day as another day to live a Godly life and praising God's Holy name. At times, we're definitely sailing alone or so it seems. Here are some ideas to keep faith strong as ever, and to teach others about God's Holy promise for us to live a life for Him, denouncing evil in all ways.

      ...to others that feel pushed to join in the hype, especially for the "sake" of their children, so they're not left out of the fun, maybe you can offer alternative activities and most important, thoughts and words of wisdom that can be passed along. The parents of today rock the world for tomorrow!

      Thank you so much for taking a look and for reading my prayerful thoughts. I don't plan on changing the world; just hope to bring thoughts to the table on just how(l) do Christians feel about Halloween ~ thank you for writing your thoughts for others!

      © 2011 Beverly Lemley

      Thank you for stopping by! - If you would like to give encouragement...

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          Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          @flinnie lm: Thanks for your spirited, heartfelt comments, Flinnie! And thank you for adding to your Angel Blessings lens ~ and for the blessing, too! Thanks! B : )

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          Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

          We do need to keep the spirit of the lord, I enjoyed reading this lens. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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          Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          @SgtCecil: Oh! How nice to learn something of another culture. That's interesting! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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          Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

          There is no Halloween in Japan. They love to do their spooky stuff in the summertime. Great lens!

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          Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

          Interesting lens. You have some very creative and well done lenses! Awesome! :]

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          wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

          Yeah! The halloween spirit!

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          you are not only green but religious too. cheers. welcome to the club.

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Interesting read.

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          Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          @top101: Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind thoughts and the encouragement! B : )

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          top101 5 years ago

          Nice lens! I enjoyed reading it.

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          Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          @kathysart: Kathy, I love your thoughts ~ and thank you so much for your kind words, and of course, for blessing this lense! You have a great perspective, that children don't think into the evil part of it unless they are shown that, or it is felt to be somehow. I had convictions about this, so I went ahead and wrote it. I am truly sorry you have the heartache in your life ~ that is a pain that has to be beyond words. Keep hope alive in your heart that you will one day have the mending and healing love In your life, and it will bring you great peace. My life is completely a miracle, as the course has not been easy, once upon a time. I am in a place that is constantly blessed. Seeking God's guideance keeps me in this place, as I put God above all things now in my life. Peace be with you, and may God's blessings stay close to you! Thank you for your kind words, Kathy ~ and for the blessings you give to others by your gentle spirit and wise words! B : )

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          I love the whole dressing up thing and giving out candy and seeing all the darling little children excited for their night of fun. I don't think kids think past that unless we insist that they do. Kids are kids and they want to be included in things that their friends are. Halloween is pretty harmless really.. really it is. When my daughters were little my husband would not allow me to tell them there was a Santa.. ok.. then no Easter Bunny.. ok. He never said anything about the tooth fairy though so I created stories of magic about her. They did dress up for Halloween. he did not seem to object or I guess they would not have been allowed to. Looking back on all of it, me being the task master of his rules.. sigh.. I think we get too carried away with rules sometimes. Now that my daughters are grown, neither one of them speak to me for all those rules and of course other things. I pretty much cry every single day over that. Reflecting on it .... It is best to temper it all I think.. and to do it over again.. ohh if only. I would have less rules for things that don't really matter all that much. As mentioned.. kids don't read evil into things unless we do. I am not sure that is always necessary. And with all that said my lovely flower friend.. this lens is angel blessed for your loving attention to wanting to raise your children right. The greatest gift to give to them is of course love.

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          Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by and leaving an encouraging word ~ I appreciate it! Have a blessed day! B : )

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Enjoyed stopping by and reading this morning.