Thanks to candy and costumes, my children are very interested in partaking in the festivities.
With my own kids sitting squarely in the elementary category, this is an issue that our family has navigated for a number of years. Every year, I find myself asking,
“How can Christians redeem Halloween?”
Another question I find myself asking is,
“How can I be in the world, but not of the world?”
If there happened to be one night out of the year when children (and their parents) came knocking at my door of their own happy accord, would I shut off the porch light and close the blinds? Or would I make my home the most inviting, loving, and Christ-centered place on the block?
Maybe you’ve noticed that Halloween is the one night of the year when your neighbors literally come to your door! And so I ask another question,
“What would Jesus do?”
I am going to skip over the question of costumes. (If you’re curious, my answer is “yes” but “no thank you” to anything that is scary or inappropriate.)
I am also going to circumvent the issue of candy concerns. (I believe there are worse things than kids eating too much sugar.)
And so we come to the issue of how to “celebrate” a distinctly dark and secular holiday. I believe Jesus came to redeem ALL things and so I choose to focus on the good things about Halloween.
I can invite neighbors in for hot cider. I can hand out candy or pretzels or popcorn that shares the love of Christ through Scripture. I can help my kids to pick out costumes that are fun and bring others joy. I can visit family and neighbors who enjoy seeing kids and bring them a special treat (some call this reverse Trick or Treating). My jack-o-lanterns can be carved with a cross or other beautiful design.
How can you help to redeem Halloween in the name of Jesus Christ?
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
By Jenna Hallock
Wife of Mark, Mom of 2
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting team member, Family Time Training