(Listen to this song while you read this post. For reasons. Namely that Sleeping at Last is basically my jam right now.)
Every year, I think about Halloween and what my convictions are regarding it. My family used to do the whole trick-or-treat, dress up thing, but now we don’t. When we first stopped doing it, it was really disappointing for me. As an eight-year-old, I didn’t really get why I couldn’t go get candy from the neighbors. I mean… it’s FREE CANDY. The past few years, my family has just turned off the lights upstairs and hid in the basement with a movie. Last year, we went camping. This year, we’re going to see Woodlawn with some friends.
Halloween is something that is often ignored in Christian circles. It’s a holiday that most Christians don’t celebrate – or replace with Harvest parties (because it’s okay if you trunk-or-treat in a church parking lot in Bible character costumes [sarcasm]) or Reformation Day parties (complete with popcorn and a viewing of Luther or something [been there, done that]).
But is there a different way? Can Christians be a light during this day that has so many demonic connotations?
We have some friends who have been told that they are the best candy house in the neighborhood, even though they don’t celebrate the holiday. They’ve realized that this is one of the only times of the year that they literally have people coming to their front door that they can minster to. They’ve slowly built up this great reputation because they are willing to spend the money on good candy. Then, they tape Bible verses on the candy. That way, they can evangelize to the children who come to their doorstep.
I think this is a great way of handling Halloween. Even though they don’t allow their children to dress up, they take advantage of the opportunity to be a light.
So does your family do this? If not, what are your traditions surrounding this holiday? Do you participate or do you look down on it?