Should Christians celebrate Halloween?
Just so you know:
I’m not here to tell you how or if your family should observe October 31.
But I know the question is a common one, and maybe for good reason.
I also know that I love October 31, but maybe not for the reasons you might think.
Christian opinion lands in all kinds of places across the spectrum of this issue.
Our family lands somewhere in the middle:
Jeremy buys our boys new costumes every year, and even our teenage daughters like to dress up just for fun.
(And, for the record: our kids do not have to dress up as Bible characters. Just saying.)
We go to trunk-or-treats at local churches.
We host a fall festival at our own church.
This year there will be exceptions to all this, of course (because, the pandemic).
But this has been our norm for years.
My stance on Halloween, and every day of the year, is this:
Celebrate because God is good and life is beautiful.
Celebrate because we’ve been given breath, and time to enjoy another day with people we love.
Celebrate because it’s fun!
And because a little candy now and then won’t kill you.
I’ve been thinking about the quote attributed to William L. Wakinson:
It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
It’s no exaggeration to say that our world is dark.
Many of the festivities surrounding October 31 attest rather loudly to that fact.
As Christians, we have to stand for truth, recognize and shun evil, and do our best to live and raise children in a God-honoring way.
So, yes, there’s a certain amount of “cursing the darkness” that needs to take place now and again.
But when it’s all said and done?
We are to walk in joy.
To live abundantly.
To enjoy our people.
To invest richly in others.
To love freely.
It’s kind of hard to do that if you spend all your time cursing the darkness.
So go light a candle.
Maybe a pumpkin-scented one for your dining room table.
Light one today.
And on October 31.
Speaking for myself, my porch light will be on.
I won’t be hiding in a closet.
My kids will be in costume (I think it’s Star Wars this year), romping all over our two-acre yard.
We will roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa, gaze at the moon and probably eat too much candy.
However you feel about October 31, I hope you make up your mind to enjoy the day.
Celebrate it, even.
Light a candle and shine on, my friend.
That’s what we’re here for.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
-Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16)
Here’s to living well-
P.S. Thanks a million for sharing this post!