Wendy and I get this question a lot. Do we celebrate Halloween? We have a roundabout answer: well, not really.
That’s a complicated question because people have different ideas of Halloween. We want to say what we believe in and what we don’t.
First, what we don’t celebrate. We hate the goulishness of the day. Demonism, occultism, satanism, and all that. Some celebrate Halloween as a “holiday” for their evil delusions. What a pathetic waste, actual celebration of unlife. Can’t stand that.
Good news is that most people don’t associate October 31 to such foolishness. Halloween is a time where kids dress up, knock on the neighbors’ doors, and the adults lighten the children’s lives up with a few pieces of candy. We don’t get bent out of shape if we get some trick-or-treaters at the door.
Granted, we live in the country where we’ve had only one group of trick-or-treaters in the 11 years we’ve lived here. We ran around the house and tried to find them candy, resolving finally to given them each a dollar. It was pretty sad. That was, like, 6 years ago.
What should Christians do?
Some work themselves into a lather about the “evil history of hallow’s eve.” We think they should lighten up. I remember as a child getting cold shoulders from “weird people” who would pull the shades and send us away. These were the Christians in the neighborhood. They didn’t leave a very good impression on me.
Lots of Christians disagree over this one. Here’s something one parent told me about Halloween, assuming I’d approve of her zeal. “I buy tracts about the evils of Halloween and place them in the trick-or-treater’s bags instead of candy.” Gee, I bet that gets them excited about Jesus.
But to answer the title question more directly: No, we personally don’t celebrate Halloween. Our kids don’t dress up and we don’t go trick-or-treating. We used to, and it only takes one Halloween enthusiast who rigs their house up to be a haunted house. Their enthusiasm scares the daylights out of my kids. Loading them with sugar ensures nightmares all night long. Thanks, neighbor, for enjoying yourselves at my children’s expense.
So nowadays, we’re just not into it. We carve pumpkins and enjoy pumpkin seeds.
We do, however, celebrate life. The teens are throwing a swing dancing party tonight in our living room. It’ll be a lot of fun watching the teens jam it up to swing music and the like. We’ll roast some pumpkin seeds, cook some pumpkin bread, and have a candy exchange. This is the first year doing it, and it may just become a tradition at the Jeubs.
How about you? Do you celebrate Halloween?
If not, why not?
If so, what do you do?
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