Halloween is fun! Dressing up as a favorite or scary character, going door to door getting candy and compliments, spreading out your treasure back at home–what’s not to love? From a child’s point of view, it’s nothing but fun.
Carving a jack-o-lantern is one of our favorite family traditions. When the children were small, one of them would draw a face design on paper and I’d draw it on the pumpkin. Steve would carve and then the children would help pull out the seeds (Yuck!) and put the candle in place. We loved setting it on the porch in the dark and walking out front to see what it looked like to passers-by.
These days it’s the grandchildren that are into that routine, with our daughter drawing the face on the pumpkin, and we do it on our annual October trip to the Smokies.
Our church honors local children by having a Trunk or Treat time on Halloween evening. We serve hot cider to the parents and enjoy meeting our neighbors. We consider it part of our neighborhood outreach. We’ve even gone to Trunk or Treat celebrations at various churches in the Smokies.
But many Christians have concerns about celebrating Halloween, pointing out that it is a night when adult witches, not children in costume, actually celebrate October 31 as the first festival of the witchcraft year. It is a night for divination and celebration of the occult, especially trying to communicate with the dead. Many of our traditions, such as costumes and jack-o-lanterns, originated in occult practices.
If you want to know more, a clear and succinct list can be found at “Ten Reasons Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween.”
Cincinnati is a center of witchcraft and Wiccan practices, which is quite frightening to me. I think I’d rather stay with the pretend ghosts and goblins of the children’s Halloween. How about you? Do you have an opinion about Christians celebrating Halloween?
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