Followers of Jesus really wrestle with what to do about Halloween.
Here are two fantastic articles I have recently come across. It might be too late for this to influence your Halloween plans for this year, but hopefully it can affect the lens through which you view everything this time around. In my opinion, far too many of us have not considered Halloween either from a missional perspective or in light of Jesus’ power over all spirits and authorities.
Troubleface Mom writes:
“I think I may actually offend every single church going person I know with this post. I’m not sorry. Just so we’re clear, you know – in advance.
Every Halloween it’s the same silly thing.
People getting annoyed with the gore. The focus on death. The devil. The blood.
And you know, I’m not a huge fan of all that stuff either. In fact I’m kind of a basket case with it, to the point I don’t even watch commercials for scary movies. So totally not my thing. But as I sat in my van tonight listening to Christmas music while watching Glenn and the boys knock on my parents’ neighbor’s doors, I was struck by something.
This is the only night of the entire year that most of your neighbors and mine are going to come knocking on our doors. The only night.
And what is the typical Christian response to this?”
Dave Smith says:
There are few holidays (read: ‘Holy Days’) in the history of the church that have caused greater conflict and confusion than Halloween. The early history of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, or All Saints Day, is a typically foggy one. We do know that the Celts celebrated a festival called ‘Samhain’ around this time to mark the onset of winter. We also know that at this time of year, during the first millennia of Christianity, various churches would celebrate Christian saints and martyrs. By the Middle Ages Halloween had become an almost universal feast in the Church’s calendar. Over the last few centuries, however, much like other Holy Days, Halloween has been gutted of it’s religious significance and been replaced primarily by the relatively harmless pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, and costume wearing we’ve all become so familiar with.