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Monday, October 25, 2010

"How Can Christians Celebrate Halloween Without Feeling Guilty?"

Whether it’s a harvest festival, or a fall carnival, or a Haunted House or Judgement House, or something else entirely.....Many churches are making alternative Halloween activities available to their communities.


My question is what about you? Does your church provide a Halloween alternative? Why must (we) provide alternatives? I don’t believe there is any sound Biblical basis for Halloween… so why would there be any such basis for an ‘alternative?’ Why not, simply, “No?”
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  1. There are cultures and religions who are now celebrating actual harvest because they are farmers and also because they believe in traditionally dedicating the source of their food and income to God. That I understand. There are churches that are trying to "sneak" in Halloween parties by calling it other names and that is outright deception. There is no Biblical basis for celebrating Halloween. I know some people think this is trivial, but how can any day be "hallowed" unto any person or thing other than God? One crazy pastor pulled out a coffin (a real one) for her dramatization, and every demon in that "sanctuary" was acting crazy after the show, uh, sermon. What is to be gained from "celebrating" the dead? Satan is not playing a game of death; his goal is to kill, for real and for eternity. I find nothing to celebrate in that.

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  2. Celebrating harvest is one thing, needing to dress up for that in costume? Uh no if it walks like a duck .....
    Many churches do this is it reflective of a mindset of trying to adapt the bible(and church) to world standards -possibly. Many people I speak to don't even understand fully what Halloween or samhein is. But they dress their children up in costumes and take them to church functions because if the church sanctions it, it must be ok?

    Years ago the catholic church sanctioned All Saints day - the day after Halloween to draw attention from the pagan holiday of Samhein. That worked out well....more people celebrate Halloween than All Saints Day..

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  3. I don't understand why you would need an alternative. What's wrong with saying yes? Culturally, now, it's about dressing up and candy.

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  4. Hmmm... as a child my parents allowed me to trick or treat with my family, because it's difficult to explain to a 5 year old why all their friends can trick or treat, but you can't. Once I was old enough, around 9 or 10, to really understand why Halloween wasn't all great, they explained, and we did alternative things at my church.

    Creative solutions like this inspired my post: http://www.awordorthree.com/2010/08/plight-of-liberal-christian.html

    Thanks for writing this!

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  5. this is a great question, but it lends to asking the same thing of other traditional holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day, Easter etc. etc. why celebrate any of them, many of which have murky/confusing beginnings and plenty of odd history and probably pagan beginnings not related to Christianity according to many sources? it is widely believed by many scholars and laymen alike that Christ wasn't born anywhere near December 25th, but Christians everywhere celebrate this time as the time of His birth.

    i am still trying to muddle through this myself, and the only true suitable answer i can come up with is...if it is not offensive to me as a Christian, then there is no reason NOT to celebrate it. halloween offends me so i choose not to celebrate it nor do i allow my children to celebrate it. however i have to remember that halloween did not start out as a scary holiday at all, and even the Catholics used to celebrate it for what they felt were Godly reasons.

    this is one very unclear, but interesting topic to me, i research it and have much in the past, but haven't come to a reasonable conclusion for my spirit yet...what a great question.

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  6. I find that very few Christians are ignorant about why they should not take part in Halloween. I find what you have is people wanting to live like the world and engage in everything the world does. This is why Christians are seen as hypocrites and a joke because they are doing everything that those who have not accepted Christ are doing.

    They want the world to accept them so, they take part in ungodly things. Halloween is the day to celebrate the devil. It was created by pagans as a day to worship evil and will remain so. And if anyone really wanted to they can easily lookup the history. It is very clear and straight forward.

    Jezebel and Philistines both had pagan gods and holidays/celebrations for their gods which was devil in disguise. You didn't see the people of God celebrating those holidays. Everyone who was true to God kept to God and let the pagans do their thing. Why can't today Christians do the same why must they simplify evilness and make it "harmless and cute"? Never rationalize evil and do not be afraid to live like God and teach your kids to live like him from day one. Don't compromise your Christianity. Would Jesus celebrate Halloween Heck No. Why would you. You can't be smarter, more knowledgeable or loving then the Savior.

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  7. @Crystal Marie I totally agree with u. Im 21 now and I now understand what all the things of Halloween really represents. I now help some of my leaders work with the kids in my church and instead of trying to tell the little childen why they can't go trick-or-treating we have Hallelujah Night where we praise God and have games and bible trivias for the kids and give them candy, cupcakes, cookies, prizes, etc. It's NOT to "sneak" in a party. Halloween represents alot of sorcery, witchcraft, and things the bible say we should not get involved in. Let your child go out in a witch coustume if u want but like Joshua 24:15 says, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". God bless u!

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  8. Celebrating harvest is one thing, needing to dress up for that in costume? Uh no if it walks like a duck .....
    Many churches do this is it reflective of a mindset of trying to adapt the bible(and church) to world standards -possibly. Many people I speak to don't even understand fully what Halloween or samhein is. But they dress their children up in costumes and take them to church functions because if the church sanctions it, it must be ok?

    Years ago the catholic church sanctioned All Saints day - the day after Halloween to draw attention from the pagan holiday of Samhein. That worked out well....more people celebrate Halloween than All Saints Day..

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