WOW… I am sooo late to this discussion! But if you don’t mind me throwing my two cents. As a Bulgarian, I think it is easier for me to answer because this is not a Bulgarian holiday and I didn’t grow up with it. As a Christian, I do not celebrate it. In a nut shell, I think it is a holiday that steals worship away from God, keeps people focused on the cares of the world, and I have hard time picturing Jesus celebrating it - like dressing up like Moses or a cartoon and going down to preach His message? However, I do understand the love-relationship Americans have with this holiday and the need they feel to celebrate it. I think the questions to think about individually if we are to celebrate it is how do we bring glory to God? I had my neighbor coming to my door with her grand kids and they gave us bags of candy on which it was written “Jesus loves you.” I loved that.
I asked members if my prior church who kept insisting that Jesus had redeemed all so we can celebrate it and that we can redeem Halloween for Christ… I asked them: “if we say we are redeeming for Christ, how do you do it…practically, not just on word? When you dress up as a cartoon character how do you worship God and communicate Jesus to your non-believer friends with whom you are celebrating? How do you do it with the kids, how do they bring Jesus up when they do trick-or-treat… do they say “In the name of Jesus” or “God bless” or as families you say prayers before/after?” I received no answers. I see the practical application in what Deborah says that they use the opportunity to invite friends to church.
There was a nice simple article I read some years ago ( I am attaching it here), that put it simply as:
Halloween glorifies evil, not God
“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” —1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
Halloween is about being spooky and scary and fear
"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discern that the Halloween is all about fear. Scary costumes, haunted houses, and horror movies are designed for no other purpose than to frighten us. Seeking out opportunities to be scared is, on this day at least, the highest form of entertainment. If we do not have a spirit of fear, should we even acknowledge a day whose purpose is to invoke a spirit of fear in us?"
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of power, and of a sound mind.” —2 Timothy 1:7
If the seed is bad, the fruit will be bad.
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer [pharmakeia], or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.” —Deuteronomy 18:9-11
Don’t dine with demons
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” —1 Corinthians 10:21
But God says, “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? … And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.” —2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Halloween is an excuse to flaunt sexuality
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” —Ephesians 5:11-12
We play how we practice
"Do we really have any right to be shocked or even surprised when some among us decide to act out in real life the fascination with evil we insist on holding dear? We can’t have it both ways: if we choose to be entertained by evil, we should be prepared for the time when it becomes reality."
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this work, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” —Ephesians 6:12
“Let us not drop our guard for a moment, or even camp out one night a year “for fun” on the side of the enemy.”
ARE WE CAUSING OTHERS TO STUMBLE?
Be faithful in the small things.
“He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much.” —Luke 16:100:
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” —James 1:27
- God wants to bless us — but not in the way the world blesses.
“Thus says the Lord, ‘Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile…’” —Jeremiah 10:2
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” —Psalm 37:3-4
- Come out from them and be separate
“Therefore come out from them and be separate from them, says the Lord.” —2 Corinthians 6:17
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” —Ephesians 5:6-10
I am attaching the full article in PDF if anyone wants to download it.
Why I kissed Halloween goodbye.pdf (466.5 KB)