Perhaps I ought to keep silent, for I know that when I take a stand against Halloween I draw a line that separates me from my family, my friends, and even my church.
I brought four children home from AWANA tonight. One child reported making a jack-o-lantern with a real pumpkin in class and had a jack-o-lantern craft to bring home. Another child reported seeing a real jack-o-lantern in class and watching her classmates receive pumpkin sugar cookies. I’m not sure if those cookies had faces or not — she is gluten free and came home with the chocolate chip cookies I sent. A third child gleefully told of how she ate jack-o-lantern cookies — “They were just cookies Mom, not real.”
And I ask you, how do Jack-O-Lanterns have any place in church.
I have never changed a single person’s mind about celebrating Halloween with their families, making Halloween crafts for sale, or hosting “Harvest celebrations” where evil costumes were discouraged but not turned away at the door. I’m not changing any minds here. I probably should not even bother. But I have been up half the night and I cannot keep silent.
I’ve been told that passing out candy on Halloween is an outreach to neighbors. I’ve been told that Harvest parties provide a safe alternative for families and an outreach to unbelievers. And I understand that when one person prays and God leads them to hand out candy and another person prays and God leads them to abstain from the holiday — each person is still serving God. I have my thoughts on that, and if you want to know more read this article from two former witches who converted to Christianity.
I’m questioning whether your celebrations need to be brought into my church and shoved down the throats of my impressionable children. At Awana. At Sunday School. When my children are supposed to be learning about God and faith and walking on water and spiritual warfare.
You had time to make a jack-o-lantern?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Just in case you want something to read to your children on the subject of Halloween, here is an excellent book my kids enjoy.
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