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To Trick or To Treat?

My current inside view,

which I have dubbed Mt. Malcolm.

This is about a day’s worth of laundry

for my family of eight.

My current outside view.

There is snow

on Halloween and

tonight is trick-or-treating

in our small northern Michigan town.

 

                  Even though I would much rather stay inside this evening of our first snowfall,

sipping a cup of hot tea and hanging out with my family;

the reality is that I will be outside in this as we go trick-or-treating.

We dress in simple costumes made up of items around the house

To Trick or Treat?

My children look forward to this every year.  My children understand that Halloween has a dark side, but to them Halloween is a day to dress up and get candy.

 

I grew up in a family that did not put much emphasis on Halloween. It was the same with my husband, he trick-or-treated at a few houses in his own neighborhood like I did.

I have debated over the past few years whether we should be taking them trick-or-treating or not. Even though we do not celebrate Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny; we feel that Halloween is okay for us.

Christmas is a holiday to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And for Christmas and Easter we teach them the truth.

Give Me Back My Tooth!

As far as the Tooth Fairy, they do get money under their pillows, but they know that there is no magical fairy that takes their tooth and replaces it with money under their pillow.

Christianity and Halloween

Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year.  There is no doubt that Halloween’s origins can be traced to pagan beliefs and rituals. Certainly, Christians should not participate in the “dark side” of Halloween – to in any way approve of the satanic, or the focus on paganism, evil, death, etc.

Satan can be on the prowl at any time, any day, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross of Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).

So is it innocent to dress up in a costume and go out trick-or-treating? Or is there something more sinister about holiday?

This is a very controversial topic that is not specifically addressed in Scripture.  According to 1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial….”, so parents it is up to to make the best choices possible.

Whatever conviction you hold about participating in Halloween, live it out for God’s glory! A person should follow his or her own convictions in all things, while understanding that Christians may differ in their beliefs about this issue.

So, what if you run into those fellow believers who differ from your stance on Halloween? Give them freedom to live out their own convictions.

The Apostle Paul said, “Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should” (Romans 14:4, NLT).

Here is a Suggestion

Christian parents can begin teaching their children (age appropriately) that:

  1. There is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10);
  2. Life with Christ has power over darkness (1 John 4:4); and
  3. Those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.

 

So however you choose to celebrate or not celebrate Halloween, have a great day!

 

7 thoughts on “To Trick or To Treat?

  1. Thanks for sharing on this topic! My boys are 2.5 and we don’t do anything now (too much work for me, lol),, but I’ve gone back and forth over this issue so many times. Still not sure where we will land, but you gave a lot of great info and Scripture. Great food for thought! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. I believe in starting them young. Allow hard work to be part of who they are and they are less likely to push back later.

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