I love sharing my thoughts on Halloween because I feel very strongly that this day is not meant to be robbed from the Lord! This is the day that the Lord has made – so let us REJOICE and be glad in it! Let us seek Him and find ways to be a light and make a difference.
Just like we would any other day of the year.
It is important, though, to be prepared to lead our families well. So if you are wondering how to navigate the trickier aspects of this holiday, here are 4 important points to guide your thinking!
Be prepared to give your child information. Tell them the history of Halloween in an age-appropriate way (HERE is a great source). I like to say to my boys, “Halloween is a time where some choose to celebrate darkness and death. But Jesus says, “I am here to bring light in this world, freeing everyone who believes in me from darkness.” (John 12:46) How can we share that Good News with others this time of year?”
1 Peter 3:11 tells us to turn away from evil and do good. As a family discuss what ‘evil’ things you can turn away from (perhaps scary decorations/costumes/horror movies, etc.) and what good things you can turn towards (helping others, practicing hospitality, costumes that celebrate a God-given imagination, etc.). Encourage your family to let their attitudes, dress, and behavior reflect the redeemed life we have in Christ.
“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.” (Philippians 1:27)
Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to share Christ with the people in your neighborhood. The whole trick-or-treating tradition literally calls an entire community of people TO YOUR DOORSTEP. Take advantage of this by being hospitable and kind. Serve awesome candy labeled with THESE FREE PRINTABLE WITNESSING STICKERS. Set up a table on your front lawn with hot apple cider and pass out to people walking by. Invite a group of friends over for grilled hot dogs and homemade mac and cheese (best recipe HERE). Take goodies to the elderly couple down the street. Ask the Lord to use your family for His glory!
“So if you eat, or if you drink, or if you do anything, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
*Find more simple, fun, and Christ-centered ways to celebrate Halloween HERE.
Don’t Judge (please)
At the end of the day, seek God and do what’s best for your family. But do not allow your own convictions about a holiday to cause division in the body of Christ. Our enemy is not against flesh and blood. The best thing we can do is have a heart that chooses love instead of condemnation so that we can live out Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
We live in a broken world. There will always be darkness. Looking to the example of Christ, however, and the overarching message of the Gospel, by His grace, we get to bring light into the darkness. Light is not meant to be hidden under a bowl! Light is put on a stand. So get out there and carry out the call of 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
How does your family redeem Halloween?