let’s be honest. halloween is about my least favorite “major” holiday. (assuming you don’t count ones that nobody really cares about except for the sale at nebraska furniture mart, or the ones created by hallmark.) for the past week, the halls and even the dorm the kids sleep in have been littered with ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, severed fingers, and fake blood. meanwhile, i have officially started listening to Christmas music. so there.
no, i guess i’m just not really “into” halloween. perhaps it’s because we don’t have kids of our own yet, nor do we ever get trick-or-treaters at the apartment. maybe it’s because i was dressed as a little devil one year, or perhaps i bear trauma from having my mom threaten to cancel my halloween that one year i obsessed about making a tron costume. all through june and july. and even then i never did end up making the stupid thing.
i do believe in spooks, i do, i do, i do
i’ve been thinking lately, though. i may not go nuts over the whole ordeal, and i’m not sure why i’m in such a hurry for Christmas. (actually i’ve decided that i pretty much want the opposite of narnia under the white witch – always Christmas and never come winter.) i’m not the only one questioning this halloween season why Christians are so paranoid about it all. see the reference links below, but here are a few thoughts of my own.
- all does not have to be happy, bright, and spot-free. our fallen world is messy. we are children of the light and we are called to walk in the light, but neither do we to fear the darkness. wisely did the psalmist say: “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you” (Psalm 139:7-12).
- the enemy has been defeated. halloween was meant as a mockery of satan and his defeated horde. see the article concerning halloween for an excellent exegesis of this point.
- halloween has distinctly Christian roots. true, they have been lumped together with pagan and secular traditions. so has Christmas, and Easter.
- kids dressing up in costumes is not satanic or occultic. get over it. the “trunk or treat” thing is a great, safe alternative (not to mention a beautiful way to reach out to the community surrounding a church), but you don’t have to ban all costumes or insist that everyone dress like a Bible character. come on, most of them dressed the same anyway. robe, sash, turban thingy. boring!
keep the light on. have tons of candy ready. dress up yourself, and definitely bear the flashlight while your own kids have fun. i plan for halloween to be part of our family tradition someday.
- concerning halloween by james b. jordan at internetmonk.com
- the great pumpkin proposes a toast by the internet monk himself, the late michael spencer
- can a Christian celebrate halloween? by tim stevens on leadingsmart.com
- 3 reasons to embrace halloween by everybody’s favorite tech guru at y.s., adam mcclane