The subject of Halloween is a touchy one for Christians – whether or not you personally celebrate it. Why? Because everyone thinks they’re right! Some Christians see no problem with celebrating Halloween because they don’t focus on the dark parts and instead just keep things like and fun and enjoy dressing up and handing out candy at church or even at home. Other Christians think Halloween is way too close to the line between light and dark and, because Halloween has pagan origins, should be shunned completely. Which are you?
“We Christians do not have a culture that is taken from any natural, man-created origin. Once you are in Christ, you step out of the culture given to you from the Kingdom of Man and instead step into the culture of the Kingdom of God.”
If you don’t feel that this particular holiday is one that is pleasing to God, you may get a lot of questions – from friends and family alike. You may be stuck every year wondering, “How do I explain why we don’t celebrate Halloween? There are some very important aspects of how to address “holidays” like Halloween in your family and they should reflect your heart as well as the mind of Christ- but even that won’t satisfy everyone! Christians and non-Christians alike and the children in your life will have questions and that’s natural and perfectly okay! If fact, think of it as an opportunity! You don’t need to feel attacked, but instead, have your answer ready.
If you’re a Christian who celebrates Halloween – this is not about judgement, but it might be a learning opportunity with some great and thought-provoking points to consider as you walk with the Lord and raise your family to follow in His ways!
If you live outside of the United States, your own country may also have have holidays that are pagan in origin, or celebrate death, darkness, dead ancestors, magic or earth worship and it is important that you, as a Christian, a light in the darkness, a city set on a hill, walk in the light, where God dwells – no matter what culture you’re from. We Christians do not have a culture that is taken from any natural, man-created origin. Once you are in Christ, you step out of the culture given to you from the Kingdom of Man and instead step into the culture of the Kingdom of God. It’s also important to share this with the children in your lives and teach them as they grow up why you live a life set apart from the world’s systems.
“Here’s Why We Don’t Celebrate Halloween…”
As kids everywhere dress up and head out for a night of fun and candy, you keep your kids in, or distracted, but they’re very aware of it no matter what you do! So, as your train your kids to live differently, you’ll have to equip them to give an answer to the questions in a way that shows they’re different, but not ashamed! The fact is, if you’re raising your family in Christ, they’ll always be different so you may as well start preparing them now to be “in the world” and be comfortable with the knowledge that they’ll never really fit in!
Kids don’t need the long explanations about demons and ghosts and pagan rituals and there’s no point in painting other Christians sinful or “bad” because they don’t have the same revelation that you have about Halloween. Keep it simple and use reasons that don’t focus on the bad- stick to the positive! Here are some things you can say:
- We don’t celebrate Halloween because we don’t feel it reflects our values
- We prefer to celebrate the autumn season instead and take special trips, make pies, go apple picking and have family time
- We have family plans that night so we won’t be going to the party. (Or dressing up/celebrating etc.)
- Halloween isn’t really a big day in our family, but we love Christmas- let’s plan something!
- We don’t celebrate Halloween, but we’d love to get the kids together at our house and have a game night with candy as prizes!
[For] the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15)
Halloween is Just Another Day to Worship the Lord
Even Halloween is a day the Lord has made- No, not the “holiday” – the day, another chance, another opportunity, another moment to be with the ones you love, or pursue your vision or to try something new or to turn over a new leaf. If Halloween isn’t a big deal to you, it won’t be to your kids either. Sure, the world will try to indoctrinate them, but the world will always do that! How you present truth at home- and how you live out that truth and defend it and raise your children in the “fear and admonition of the Lord”, they’re going to emerge on the other side with the sense that it’s just another day and move on with their lives.
As parents, we sometimes over-inflate these things and inadvertently make our kids even more curious about them! Younger children are easier to distract and you can just ignore the day or do something fun apart from Halloween celebrations, but they’ll always have questions about what they see in the world, what they’re hearing and how others are doing things. And you want them to come to you for the answers! It’s natural for them to want to fit in, so it’s important that you show them a life filled with the wonder of standing out!
Light and Darkness Cannot Mix
There’s nothing adorable about darkness of any kind, and that’s really what Halloween is all about- even if other people don’t mean it that way. The root of the day and its reasons cannot be separated from celebrating those roots and reasons, no matter how hard people try. Halloween isn’t made less demonic just because a toddler dressed as a princess is part of it. Many, many people truly don’t understand the issue because they think you can bring aspects of darkness into the light just because we are “light” but that isn’t true. When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” (John 8:12) He did not make any allowances for “some” darkness or even “types” of darkness. Halloween is darkness at its roots, and if you follow Jesus, you will never choose to walk in it.
Thinking Differently About Halloween
Think about this: If you struggle to be different in your areas of life- your job, among your friends, at your gym, even at your church- how can you expect your kids to be okay with being different? You’re calling is to be different. You’re empowered by God to be strong, walk in it. Many people won’t like that you’re different and sometimes Christians experience the heat of the “fiery furnace”, but God is with you. Show the world His light and His love. Just like the moon reflects the sun, you reflect the light of the world, Jesus Christ. However, the moon doesn’t descend to earth, but instead shines its light into the darkness from up above.
Dig Deeper into the Revelation of God About Distinguishing Between Light and the Darkness:
- “Can Curses Still Hold Power Over a Christian?”
- “Vain Imaginings and Evil Forebodings”
- “Are You Blessed… Or Cursed?”
- “Jesus is NOT Lord over This…!”