**I am aware that there are differing opinions concerning this holiday. If you are going to leave a comment, please keep it positive. What I think the enemy really loves is to create division in the body of Christ where these topics are concerned, so please do not give him that pleasure. Let’s support everyone by recognizing that every family does things differently and we are not to judge. We are simply called to be faithful in our seeking of Him and then do what is best for our Happy Home.**
October is here and that section of Target and Wal-Mart is down-right terrifying.
As a mommy who wants to protect her sweet, precious angels from the evil aspects of Halloween, you might be wondering – What in the world should I say to my children in the face of such darkness?
First of all, if you haven’t read my thoughts on Halloween, I’d encourage you to check it out HERE.
I truly believe that October 31st is just another day that we, as Christians, can choose to be LIGHTS in our neighborhood shining brightly with the purpose of sharing Jesus. I mean, when you think about, what other day in the year do you literally have people on your street practically banging down your door for interaction???
A quick interaction, albeit, but an interaction nonetheless. It’s my prayer that our Happy Home would reflect the warmth and love of Christ to everyone who comes knocking for candy.
The people who visit your Happy Homes on Halloween might not remember anything you say to them that night, but they will remember how you made them feel (although the kids will also probably remember what kind of candy you gave out and I know everyone is trying to be super healthy these days, but just don’t give out raisins, people. Chocolate makes the Gospel go a whole lot further – I’m just sayin’). :-)
Tell your kids that you can’t wait to show God’s love to the trick-or-treaters.
Pour a jug of apple cider in your slow cooker with a few cinnamon sticks, make a big pot of chili on the stove, play great worship music, buy awesome candy, and have a family night to put these adorable FREE Printable inspirational stickers on it.
When your door is opened, the smells and sounds of your Jesus-filled home will make a difference.
Or if you are headed out on Halloween for your own trick-or-treating, spend time teaching your children beforehand about proper trick-or-treating etiquette, and pray for opportunities to tell others about Christ as you walk from door to door.
The point is, BE MISSIONAL on this day.
Please, friends, BE WISE on this day.
We need to be educated.
The Bible says that we are to be ‘in the world but not of the world.’ (John 15:19)
As I said earlier, there are so many ways we can have fun with our families on Halloween and engage our neighbors with truth.
But God’s Word is also very clear that we are forbidden to engage in anything that has to do with the glamorization of death, demons, or other occult rituals (want to know more about this? Read THIS article).
So, today I’d like to challenge you, sweet readers, to look around your Happy Home. Look at the way you are choosing to decorate this season. Look at the things you have put up in your lawn. Look at the costumes you or your kids have chosen.
And test them all by God’s perfect Word.
1 John 1:11 says, “Dear friend, don’t follow evil ways. Instead, imitate the good and righteous life.”
Are there some things you have brought into your home that are ‘evil’?
You might think I am crazy to ask this, but seriously, you have to even look at the way society has ‘cute-ified’ evil. I have seen some pretty darn adorable ghost merchandise and Pinterest ideas out there, but ghosts have to do with death and that is not part of God’s plan for us (just read John 3:16 if you don’t believe me).
Unless that ghost is the Holy Ghost, of course. :-)
I once had a Halloween decoration that featured a pumpkin with a spooky face. I put it out every year because it was just so cute, but in my heart of hearts I knew the Lord was nudging me that something wasn’t right about it. As much as I liked the item for its eye-appeal, it was clearly something that wasn’t pleasing to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Put away every form of evil.”
So I got rid of it.
Does that mean all pumpkin faces are bad? No. We just have to make sure that what we allow into our home is a reflection of the redeemed life (Philippians 1:27).
This goes for costumes, too. I know it’s easy to throw a sheet with some cut-out eye-holes over your Happy Buddy when you are a busy mama like me, or your child is begging to walk around all night dressed as a zombie with an ax in his head, but remember the encouragement of Romans 13:14.
Set an example for your kids.
And set boundaries for them, too.
What’s great is that if you are reading this and looking around your home thinking, “Yikes, Jules. My whole house is haunted,” you can seize this as an opportunity to teach your Happy Buddies about sin, conviction, and acting on obedience. Tell your children that you’ve sensed God leading you to celebrate Halloween in a new way this year. Tell them about 1 Thessalonians 5:22 and walk through your house and remove the things that may compromise your faith as well as God’s best for your home.
Often times I think it is our mistakes and how we handle them as parents that truly teach and model an authentic walk with Christ for our children.
Now what about that moment where you are standing in Target and your kid is frozen in fear in front of that horrifying Halloween display? Or your neighbor’s giant inflatable Dracula is causing her nightmares?
Inspire them by basing what you say on the Bible. Psalm 34:14 instructs, “Turn from evil and do good,” as well as John 12:46, “I am here to bring light in this world, freeing everyone who believes in Me from darkness.”
Pull them into your arms and comfort with something like, “Precious child, that is pretty scary, isn’t it? Halloween is a day where some people like to focus on dark and scary things. But I have good news for you! Jesus has rescued us from darkness! We have nothing to fear because Jesus gave us victory and power over these icky things! In fact, He wants us to turn away from these things and turn toward good. And I think an ice cream cone sounds pretty good right now, don’t you?”
And while you are eating your ice cream, try discussing some ways that you and your family can celebrate and share good things this Halloween. How can you be a light in the midst of this darkness? How can you make a difference for the sake of the Gospel?
Maybe you could bring some muffins or my famous, super easy Pumpkin Cookies to inflatable-Dracula-neighbor. :-)
It’s funny, if you look at the history of Halloween, while it was unfortunately corrupted by many pagan practices, it actually began as the eve before a day that honors all of the saints, or people who lived and shared God’s love (see a great, easy-to-understand article about Halloween history HERE).
So, let’s not only think about these amazing people at this time of year, but let’s be like them.
And let’s tell our kids (as well as our neighbors) some truth this Halloween.
“Let your light shine so people everywhere see your good actions and praise God in heaven because of it.” Matthew 5:16
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