Why As A Christian I Celebrate Halloween.
OK, so I know there are tons of blogs out there of Christians who give their reasons for why they don’t Celebrate Halloween.
However today I would love to give some reasons why I believe God is totally fine with Celebrating Halloween with some guidelines of course.
The Good News About Halloween:
Halloween provides opportunities for our kids to grow in many ways. It opens doors to explain to kids why God objected so thoroughly to witchcraft in the Bible. It gives kids chances to imagine, and not necessarily in terrible ways! It also gives kids a chance to open their hearts and do things for others.
#1 IT’S NOT THE DEVIL’ S DAY
Lots of people who don’t celebrate Halloween say “it is the Devil’s”.
The problem I have with is NO it is not the Devil’s Day, Don’t give the Devil way to much power.
“This is the Day the Lord has made, let’s us rejoice and be glad in it.”
This means October 31st. Everyday belongs to the Lord we should celebrate every day and everything we do.
So please don’t tell others that the Halloween is the Devils Day.
#2 GOD WANTS US TO HAVE FUN!
Eat, Drink and be Joyful
I paraphrase but once again this something we should be doing every day.
We need to be Have Fun and enjoy all that is around us.
There is a reason why 80-85% of Churches across the country will be having a “Harvest Party” because we all still want to have fun and why should we not be having a party to celebrate the Day the Lord has given us.
One year when my boys were younger I was a paid nursery worker at the Church we belonged to and Halloween fell on a Wednesday, that year the Church decided that they weren’t going to do anything for Halloween.
Not one child showed up for Wednesday Night Services.
Not one….it took us, workers, about 20 minutes to figure out we were just watching each other’s kids and not any other kids.
I soon left that Church after my divorce and moved back to the Northwest so I don’t know if they did anything the next year.
But that goes to show that YES there are a lot of Christians out there who still want to go out and have fun and make fun memories with their children.
All those families that were members of our Church went to other churches or went trick or treating. And didn’t come for just a normal Wednesday Night.
# 3 IT HELPS KIDS WITH THEIR IMAGINATION
One of the best positive things you can get out of Halloween is letting your kids imaginations run wild, they can be whatever they want. A Super Hero, A Famous Person, A Biblical Character, you name it. The one thing I don’t do about Halloween is I don’t let my kids be anything scary or evil. They can’t monsters, zombies or vampires.
But this year they are Batman, Superman, The Hulk, and a Ninja. (the two oldest say they are too old to dress up, but they will come back around)
You can go the Super Store and buy but there have been a few years that we go the local thrift store and let the kids go wild with making their own costumes.
# 4 TEACH THEM, DON’T LET THE WORLD TEACH THEM
One of the reasons why I let my kids celebrate Halloween is because I want to be the one to set the boundaries for what our family believes. I talk to my children about witchcraft and spells.
It is well known that in scripture, God showed his thorough dislike of the occult, which is so heralded in much of Halloween decor and celebrations:
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 finds God saying, “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.”
In Michah 5:2, a provoked God said, “And I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes.”
One of the best lies that the Devil tells is none of this real. Spells and Magic aren’t real, however, if they weren’t real God wouldn’t care if we did them or not. But He does.
Halloween provides great opportunities to tell our children that regardless of how much witchcraft they see lauded around us, it’s not funny, it can be dangerous, and most important of all, it’s a slap in God’s face. Any Christian remotely familiar with the Bible scriptures on the occult would have to concur with this.
#5 TICK OR TREATING IS AMERICAN
With Tricking or Treating, Haunted Houses, Bonfires all this came about in the early 20th century the Boy Scouts put all these actives on for children to have positive time on Halloween.
You can check it out here…
#6 BE POSITIVE
It is totally possible to be Positive on Halloween. We are the house on the block that carves our pumpkins that smile. We are the house when kids knock on our door to get a special treat, our home is peaceful, decorated with fall décor and smells of cinnamon apple cider. We are the house that smiles amidst all those trying to scare everyone. We are the house that has all the kids smiling and a little more peaceful on a night when everyone is jacked-up and half-sick with too much candy.
#7 YOU REALLY CAN’T PICK AND CHOSE YOUR HOLIDAY’S
This one I know can hit a little hard but I feel and really this is just me if we don’t want to celebrate Halloween because it is a Pagan Holiday or it is the Devil’s Day then we can’t celebrate Christmas. I know that is a hard to swallow but the truth is Christmas is also a Pagan Holiday. Jesus Christ was not born in December but in October. So we can’t go around saying we don’t celebrate Halloween and then go and celebrate Christmas because it makes us hypocritical.
#8 BE THE LIGHT IN THE DARK
Jesus didn’t ever tell people not to go into dark places. He said to let our lights shine in the darkness. Talk to your kids about and see if you can’t be a light in your neighborhood and most especially to your own children. They, in turn, will be lights for others.
#9 SHARE THE WEALTH
I too think about how much candy my kids will be getting on Halloween, But before you go home and see how much loot you have you can have an extra bag for a child in a homeless shelter who may not be going trick or treating. Have your kids share their candy stash with other kids.
I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on celebrating (or not celebrating) Halloween with your children. Please feel free to join the discussion in the comments below.
And for you, no matter how you feel or you feel what you should about Halloween, You are the Queen of Your Life and you get to live your life!!
Remember You are the Daughter of the Most High God
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