Along with the crispness of fall comes the inevitable spooky holiday. Many Christian parents give at least a little thought to how and how much family participation should be had in Halloween.
Personally, I’m not a huge Halloween fan. Many of my reasons have little to do with religious objections. When I was an elementary school teacher, it was my least favorite event. The pre-Halloween craziness followed by the post-treat sugar crash made classroom management and instruction especially challenging.
I’m also not into “dressing up.” Trying to figure out a costume is just not my cup of cider. It feels more like a looming task than fun. I know… a total “Boo-Hum-bug-ger”. I should just wear a big L on my forehead!
That being said, most kids get a kick out of creating an outfit and collecting candy. They become giddy at the thought of being someone else and earning sweets just by saying trick-or-treat!
I have to admit, it really is a unique experience.
Each family needs to decide for themselves the best way to be in the world but not of the world regarding October 31st. Some Christians don’t see an issue and others have a huge problem with it, calling it the Devil’s Holiday.
As we all know, there is a wide spectrum of responses to this day.
Some churches or communities offer a fall celebration to replace door-to-door trick-or-treating. Spiritual or safety reasons are usually the motivations behind the options.
Pray about how you and your family should or shouldn’t do Halloween. Involve you kids in the conversation. Talk about what God honoring or dishonoring costumes and behavior looks like. You may even want to discuss the history of All Saints Eve.
Halloween provides an opportunity to have some thought provoking and faith stretching dialog with your kids.
Do not imitate what is evil but what is good.
3 John 11
So…how does your family respond to Halloween?
By Lori Wildenberg
Wife to Tom, Mom of four
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting