Thu 31 Oct 2013
Before I start this article, I want you to hear my heart. I am not writing to judge or say anyone is a bad parent if they celebrate Halloween. You alone are responsible for making decisions that affect your family. You alone answer to God for your decisions. But I feel that it is my responsibility to share my belief and how we came to decide not to celebrate Halloween.
We don’t celebrate Halloween. There – I said it. I get a sick feeling in my stomach when I see the decorations start come out. There is a family in an adjoining neighborhood that literally transforms their front yard into a horror-fest. They must have spent thousands of dollars on her props. Seriously??
When I was little we went trick-or-treating. As my mom began to understand the roots of Halloween, we stopped celebrating. Now I don’t feel there is anything to celebrate. Most people have no idea what they are actually saying when they quip, “Happy Halloween”. Satan is not stupid. He’s not going to present Christians with something that is overtly satanic. We would reject it out of hand. But cute little princesses and clowns? No big deal. I would argue that it is a big deal. This is Satan’s day, his time of year. Below are the satanic holidays at the end of October :
|Oct 28-30||Satanist High||blood||human sacrifice|
|Oct 30-31||All Hallows Eve (Halloween)||blood and sex|| sexual climax, demons,
|Nov 1||Satanist High||blood||human sacrifice|
Halloween has its roots in the Druid rituals of the Dark Ages. Druids terrorized peasants and burned them scarecrow-like structures. “Trick or treat”-ing is from the pagan belief that spirits awoke from the dead and arrived at one’s door. If a “treat” wasn’t left for them, a trick was destined to follow. “Jack O’Lanterns” were designed to ward off evil spirits looking for a man named Jack. The holiday is rooted in ideologies which are dishonoring to God. I just can’t bring myself to celebrate a holiday which elevates evil.
From a parenting perspective, Halloween can put you in the position where every answer is the wrong answer. For example:
Little Dottie dresses up as a princess, you put some cobwebs and gravestones in the front yard and give out candy to the neighbors. What do you say when Dottie sees other kids dressed up like scary things such as witches and vampires? Do you tell her it is just fun? If so, you are teaching her it is ok to pretend to be evil. Do you tell her that they aren’t Christians, and they don’t know better? If so, you are teaching her it is ok to leave the “lost” without Christ. Both responses could diminish her ability to discern good from evil. Let’s take it to the extreme…what if she is presented with an Ouija board by a neighbor or classmate? What if someone offers to do her “reading”? Will she think it’s no big deal because that’s what you taught her about Satan and the occult when she was younger?
My son will not celebrate or participate in Halloween because :
- I don’t want him to underestimate Satan
- I don’t want him to open up to demonic influence
- I don’t want him to stumble into an area of the occult unaware
- I do want him to know that I take the Bible literally
- I do want him to prefer the light of the Gospel to the darkness of the occult
- I do want him to know that it is OK to stand apart from the world on these issues
- I do want him to recognize easily what is evil and stand against it in the name of Jesus
If you are a Christian and think I am over-reacting, here are the scriptures that helped me decide against Halloween:
Romans 13:12a “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light!”
1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “I say the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink of the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.“
Galatians 4:8-11 “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.”
Ephesians 5:11-12 “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” / “live as children of light.“
Ephesians 6:11-18 “Take your stand against the devil’s schemes.“
Is it easy standing up against what seems like the entire world (Christian and not Christian)? No. My 8-year old still doesn’t know what to say when friends and acquaintances ask him what he is going to “be” for Halloween. He knows why we don’t celebrate but isn’t quite old enough to articulate it. Maybe next year he will feel a bit more bold and courageous.
In conclusion, I hope I have not offended you. That was not my intention. I do hope I gave you something to think about, pray about and potentially consider for next October 31st.