I feel like every year when October rolls around Herb and I have this same discussions. How, as Christian parents, will we handle Halloween?
For us, it's all about honoring God with our intentions.
Herb found a great article that gives facts about where traditions are rooted, and explains the spectrum of positions Christians tend to have about Halloween. And like I said, I know people in all positions, and I can see most sides of the arguments. It's kind of a long article, but for me, the last paragraph of the article summed up my feelings perfectly:
There's nothing inherently evil about candy, costumes, or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. In fact, all of that can provide a unique gospel opportunity with neighbors. Even handing out candy to neighborhood children--provided you're not stingy--can improve your reputation among the kids. As long as the costumes are innocent and the behavior does not dishonor Christ, trick-or-treating can be used to further gospel interests.In fact, I LOVE that last year trick-or-treat night gave me the opportunity to not just meet one or two of my neighbors, but my entire street and block. Now, mind you, last year I was awkwardly intentional about introducing myself to each neighbor and shaking their hand. But it's helped in the last 12 months to put faces to homes when we take walks or do other things out and about in the borough.
There are two churches in our town that are really on to something awesome. They are setting up shop in the town square and handing out free hot dogs, hot chocolate, and candy. Oh how I'd love to jump on that band wagon. What a cool opportunity to meet people in the community and literally shine light in the darkness.
It's a fine line. I'm constantly checking my heart - am I wanting to participate in this, that, or the other thing because it feels like everyone else is, or because I truly feel like that is the best way I can honor God? And that goes for pretty much every life decision, not just what I'm going to do next Friday night.
As Christians, we have the choice reject, receive, or redeem things of "the world." Next week, I am hoping to help redeem.
I could write more - but I feel like I'm beating a dead horse. It seems like every blogger has touched on this issue, and you've probably read them all anyway! But if you're looking for one more to read, I can really identify with this one, too.