Is Halloween Child Play?
I remember being a brand new mom and having an adorable 9-month-old son in October of 2012. We hosted a party to celebrate my birthday, and the question repeatedly arose, "What will your son be for Halloween?" It was October, after all!
Our answer was, "Nothing, we don't celebrate Halloween..."
Jaws dropped and eyes swelled with tears, a response which surprisingly never happened when I explained why we also don’t celebrate Ramadan or Kwanza.
The responses were epic.
"Are you trying to turn him into a Jehovah's Witness?!"
"What about the candy??"
"What will his friends say?"
"He's going to be teased and made fun of!"
A few years later, and thanks so lots of important Christian publications, it seems that we aren't alone in our stance to not celebrate Halloween.
Many Christians are waking up to the fact that behind the Kit Kat bars and fairy costumes rests a tradition that's steeped in Satanism and witchcraft.
CBN published a fascinating article about the origins of some of our Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns. I was fascinatingly horrified about what so many do without realizing it.
Here's a good article from an ex-Satanist, and some more perspective from another mom.
Yet, amidst all the critique and criticism my family received that year for not adorning our baby in a costume, one statement lingered: "What will you do if he turns 15 and comes and says, ‘Mom and Dad, I'm going out trick-or-treating whether you like it or not!’"
To a new mom, those words stung. What would I do if my precious bundle of joy rebelled against our ways, or worse, because of our way? I pondered it over for quite sometime before getting to the heart of the problem.
I realized it wasn't about forbidding what we thought was evil, it was about teaching our children to love what is good. The Bible says, “We do not belong to the night or to the darkness (1 Thess. 5:5b).” We simply have no place dabbling in evil, for we are children of the Light. We belong to God, and He is a God that sacrificed His very Son to crush death and rescue us from the hands of the Evil One. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus even specifically instructs us to pray that God deliver us from Evil [some translate it, Evil One]. So why should we prance around in costumes and steep ourselves in demonic traditions? It’s certainly not to glorify God.
So, while we won't be sacrificing a Passover lamb and spreading its blood over our front door to protect us from the evil in Halloween (that's meritless bible humor, FYI), we will keep our outside lights shut off and not answer the front door.
Inside, life will continue as normal. We'll eat dinner (and dessert, in case your truly concerned that we deprive our children of all joy in the world) and maybe watch some tv, play a game, and go to sleep. Then we'll wake up to November and the onslaught of Christmas decorations taking convenient stores and we might, just might, buy a bunch of reduced priced candy at CVS.
Have a great week!
Is a wife, mother of three, author of Re:Birth, and lover of afternoon naps and phish food ice cream.