Halloween


  
“He caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” [2 Chronicles 33:6]
There are a lot of people who enjoy celebrating Halloween. But what are they really celebrating? Are they celebrating as a religious holiday? To worship demons on the Day of the Dead? Or because it’s harmless fun for the kids? 
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." [Ephesians 6:11-18]




People put up decorations that tend to be centered on death, demonic and ungodly dummies clutter the yard and strike fear into the hearts of people. That may be over exaggerating it a bit, but this holiday is to focused on death and destruction and less on God and his beautiful creation—life. People enjoy dressing up in creepy costumes, like Witches, Ghosts, and Satanic demons; they go to haunted houses, worship the darkness and try to connect with the dead. However, not everyone celebrates Halloween for this reason; at least not intentionally…they do it mostly for the fun of trick-or-treating for candy and the thrill of being scared by people in masks.
My family never celebrated Halloween. We were raised in a Christian home and taught that Halloween was a Pagan holiday that we chose not to be a part of because of the glorified evil. Still to this day we choose not to celebrate Halloween. Instead we celebrate the Fall Harvest…giving thanks to God for the wonderful provisions he had given us, as well as pray for the lost people that devote this one day out of the year to total and complete evil. 
“Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.” [Deuteronomy 12:31]
"Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil." [1 Thessalonians 5:21-22]
Halloween has been a part of our American history for centuries, going all the way back to 1854. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that of all nights in the year, this was the one during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander abroad. Many Christians choose not to observe this holiday, but there are things Christians can do to celebrate Halloween, and still stay away from all of the demonic hocus-pocus that Halloween promotes. 
"Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." [1 Pet. 2:11]


I have often felt left out as I watched or heard about my friend’s fantastic trick-or-treat adventure. But, you know, it really doesn’t matter anymore. I realized that going up to everyone’s front porch and begging for candy was an over exaggeration and wasn’t what I would consider fun. But there are some really fun ways to celebrate God this time of year without all the scary hog-wash that focuses on Satan and his demons. So here you go:


  • Have a party at your home and invite other children that share your beliefs. Have the kids dress up like characters from the Bible. This is really fun! And it gives children the fun of dressing up, but it also gives them a base for honoring the Lord in their choice of costume. It also encourages creativity. And who doesn’t want to be creative? Since most Bible characters can't be purchased in a bag at a Halloween shop, you can have fun creating cool looking bible characters. Along with the candy, you can also hand out tracts, bible bookmarks and small slips of paper with Bible verses written on them. Give out prizes to children who have memorized Bible verses. Or play Bible bingo…..Fun. Fun. Fun!


  • Do not fear the pumpkin. Be the pumpkin! LOL!! Okay, maybe you don’t want to be a pumpkin, I wouldn’t, not so other people can splatter me on the road! Aren’t pumpkins beautiful though? God made pumpkins and they aren't in and of themselves evil, they can honor God as well as anything else if we choose to use them to glorify God. You can carve a pumpkin with a cross or a happy face, just as easily as a scary face. Be creative: Write a bible verse on your pumpkin, or paint scenes from the Bible onto your pumpkin.


  • Visit a Hell House. Like a Haunted House, the Hell House is meant to scare you. But unlike a Haunted House, a Hell House is usually run by a Christian organization or church, and generally has Christian themes and lessons throughout. Be warned though: The Hell House is not for young children. The themes are often adult in manner -- sex, abortion and suicide are common themes in a Hell House.


  • Hand out candy as a family, rather than going trick-or-treating. This is an excellent way to teach children that it is better to give than to receive. Between trick-or-treaters you can read the Bible and play Bible games.


"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel."[Philippians 1:27]


Halloween can be fun without being devoted to sin and demonic craziness. Let Halloween, or whatever you call it, be a day for the Lord. Use this day to witness to others…be a light unto the world. Today is the day when the Lord is needed greatly. So many people need the Lord and as Christians, we need to let our actions speak as well as our words.

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." [John 3:19-20]

Comments

  1. Great post, Emily! And I one million percent agree with you!!!! :) My mom had this dream a few yrs ago, and it was about Hell. And so we made a DVD out of it, and gave it away to all those who were tick-or-treating that year. Mom now stays in touch with a girl who we gave one to, and she became a christian or something :) so, yeah, it's a good chance to share God's word!
    Thanks for posting :)

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  2. Amen! That's so cool that you and you mom handed out DVDs! I would have never thought of that, but it's a great idea :P Kudos to your mom.

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  3. Hey Emily, good job on this post about this subject. I have been trying to think of a good way to write it out, but couldn't and gave up on the idea. Mind if I link to your post from my blog? :)
    Jessica:)

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  4. Yeah, my family celebrates it for the candy and fun. I agree that there are SO many junky costumes out there *shakes head and clucks*
    Ooh! I've never heard of a Hell House...interesting. ^^
    Nice reading your thoughts. LOVE how you express your views respectfully, pepper your posts with Bible verses, and base everything off God. You rock, girl!! :)
    Love,
    Bekah

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  5. Jessica: I would be delighted if you want to link to this post :P

    Bekah: Awe, thanks so much for the sweet commnet! It makes me so happy that you like this post. LOL!

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