Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Christian Moms Weigh In

By Julie Roys

Halloween: Is it a pagan day of death and occult that Christians should avoid? Or, is it an opportunity to reach non-Christians and to enjoy our communities? Christians are divided on how to approach this controversial holiday. Last year I discussed the controversy on Up For Debate with two pastors with divergent views. I also surveyed several moms who are Christian leaders to see how their families celebrate – or don’t celebrate – Halloween. I’d love to hear what your family does, as well!

Melissa Ringstaff

bio_melissa_225“Our kids have never celebrated Halloween. It’s a holiday that glorifies death, pain, witches, ghosts, and evil – all of which are anti-God. We always keep a bowl of candy by the door and will pass out children’s Bible lessons or tracts with the candy to children who come by our house. Sometimes we have to take a stand simply because it’s the right thing to do. Children need to know that regardless of what everyone else is doing, if God is not honored, we won’t be participating. Period.” 

Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom of five and step-mom to four, and blogger. Visit her blog for suggested alternatives to Halloween.

Leslie Leyland Fields

download“My family has a relationship of excess with Halloween. We do it all! We celebrate a harvest party with our church, we celebrate an International Day with our Christian school, and my kids have always gone to our community’s downtown trick-or-treat event. Every one of these events is an opportunity for holy community fun. (And the candy’s a bonus!)

“As Christians, we often react to culture negatively and with fear, retreating to our own corners. And we have a tendency sometimes to give way too much recognition to Satan. For those bent that way, they see Halloween and everyone who participates as glorifying death and evil. I see Halloween as another opportunity to be who we’re supposed to be: that salty neighbor-loving light in our own towns and cities. And honestly, who doesn’t love to dress up in a costume and get candy from your neighbors??”

Leslie Leyland Fields is a mother of six, author, blogger and contributing editor for Christianity Today

June Felix

June-300x200“We enjoy trunk or treat events very much and have always attended or volunteered because they are such powerful community outreaches.  This year, our church is having a “Buck Denver Asks… What’s in The Bible” space party. It’s an outreach inviting kids and parents to dress like space travelers and watch on the big screen the Buck Denver space movie about taking the gospel to the far reaches of the galaxy. . . . My kids are very familiar with spiritual warfare, demonic activity and the dangers of the occult.  My 18-year-old has even taught his age-group at church about the dangers. But, we have always participated in some sort of church-related outreach event with our boys.  I feel like October 31 is a great opportunity to be bold with our faith.”

June Felix is a mother of two, speaker and co-host of Karl and June Mornings

Candice Watters

smaller-twitter-author-photo“We used to dress the kids up when they were toddlers and go to the doors of our neighbors nearby. It was a good way to talk with people we otherwise didn’t spend time with. But as the costumes got scarier and sexier —and our kids got old enough to notice and be troubled by them — we decided to opt out of the celebration that seems to be growing darker by the year.

“For several years, we hosted friends for dinner or went to our church’s harvest party. But now we’re doing my favorite thing of all: celebrating Reformation Day. I got saved as a child, but until I was in my mid-30s, I didn’t even know there was another holiday on October 31. And this one is vastly more important to believers, and especially to children of believers, than Halloween. 

“The Reformers gave us a Bible we can read in our own language — a legacy that cost many their lives. The Reformation was central to God’s plan for building his church, and to preserving it in faithfulness in every generation. This is our history. By celebrating it with our children, we hope it will become their history, too.”

Candice Watters is mother of four, speaker, author and blogger

 

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7 thoughts on “Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Christian Moms Weigh In”

    1. I heard the guest that favors Halloween and gives the example of the meet and idols to defend Halloween, however; if you read the whole chapter of I Cor 10, I think that he will have a different perspective of celebrating Halloween.
      7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
      14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

      15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

      16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
      20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

      21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

      22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

      23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

      24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

      God Bless

  1. I’m pretty ambivalent toward the holiday. On one hand I teach my children of its pagan origins with a nod to the fact that we have endowed Christmas and Easter (I call it Resurrection Sunday) with a number of pagan traditions.
    So I have let my children dress in non-violent, non-supernatural costumes, I have allowed them to participate in our downtown businesses’ public events and in recent years even allowed my five children to go to some of our safer neighborhoods to go door to door.
    Our church has a harvest party, or halleluiah party as an alternative to Halloween and over the years my children have occasionally participated and my wife and I have occasionally helped with those events.
    The timing of your article is significant because yesterday Halloween brought beauty to my home. My middle daughter, I have three girls and two boys, is working hard to graduate a year early. She already has a plan to attend a cosmetology school and is currently taking many independent study courses to accomplish her goal.
    When I arrived home yesterday she had painted her face into a remarkable character of distinct features, it was most stunning in its presentation. She went back to the bathroom cleaned it off and had dinner. After dinner she was back in front of the mirror creating. As she was finishing up I made the dad mistake of trying to comment on what I saw, from my profile view it was much like an artistic clown. “No dad I call this one shattered” she turned so I could see the whole creation. She had captured human emotion in her work, a beautiful expression of humanity, a beautiful work of temporary art.
    I would love to do without Halloween, with my baby turning 13 in December, I will soon be without the conundrum; they do grow up so fast. It’s an event rooted in darkness, and the world is a dark place, but this year, when I look at the creativity of my daughter, the beauty of her expression and her role as a creative image bearer of God, I see beauty.

  2. I ask, would Jesus be standing at the door handing out candy and saying my what wonderful zombie costume. Nice job! It blasphemes the very lessons that Christ teaches. Just because it’s done in a church doesn’t give license to do it. Halloween is a day of self serving our lusts of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life while wearing a mask.

    1. You hit the nail on the head. Jesus would not be doing those things. Just as he flipped over tables in the temple he would probably be tearing people’s costumes off of them dumping their candy bags on the ground.

  3. As we prepare for All Saint’s Day and consider that back in the true days of the collaboration of when we brought the pagan idea of “All Hallow’s Eve” to the US and melded it with the traditions of the church that created the churches of today, Halloween was also a day in which people went from home to home as beggars to ask to pray for the souls of the dead of the past year. In exchange for their prayers the families would pay them in “Saint’s cakes”. As the family’s of the dead would leave their homes believing that the ghosts of the dead were still walking among the living that night, they were the ones to don the costumes of the others in order to hide from others as they were walking among the living in the streets. Personally, our family has evolved as to how we celebrate this holiday as we have many others. In answer to what costume the children may wear that night, we don’t allow them to wear bloody or hideous costumes, we prefer those that are intelligent and thoughtful. But we have acknowledged Dracula. In answer to that request, we asked our children to make a case for that costume by showing us the literary reference. We have done that with more than one costume request. We generally make our own costumes. We have had them choose saints. SO our thinking is that we teach as we go and use the opportunity to educate both our children and our neighbors. Nothing restores or builds our faith more than to challenge ourselves.

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