Too many Christians are scared of the “H Word.” They think that if they say the word “Halloween” they are a bad Christian. The word itself is sloppily evolved from the phrase “All Hallows Eve.” Referring to the night before All Hallows (Saints) Day, celebrated by the Catholic church. There is nothing inherently wrong with that term.
So, what’s the big deal?
There are several reasons people have concerns about Halloween. Some Christians like to look for any reason to get upset about something. Halloween is just another chance for them to let the world know how much they despise many things. Others don’t appreciate the vandalism caused to their property, the display of scantily clad costumed women, or the excessive partying that goes on during Halloween. There are still other Christians that are concerned about a real celebration of evil. Some of these concerns are valid.
In case you’re wondering where my family stands, I’m glad to share. I have three pumpkins on my front porch. My son is dressing as Woody from Toy Story, and he is going to get a bunch of candy! I do not have any spiders, bats, witches, or skeletons in my house. We love the good that comes with this time of year like candy, pumpkins, hayrides, and community fellowship. At the same time, we also flee from immodesty, mistreatment of others, and any hint of evil on October 31st, in addition to every other day of the year.
I’d like to see more Christians not make such a big deal about letting everyone know how much we hate everything. Don’t freak out, everything will be ok. Celebrate good, flee evil. Love God and your neighbor. Seek holiness for yourself and your family. Let others see the light of Jesus in you.