Should Christian families celebrate Halloween?
This is a hotly debated question in many Christian circles, and in this post, I’m going to give you great arguments for and against it to help you decide for yourselves and your family.
We are a Christian family, and we try to live our lives in a way that glorifies God. Halloween, with its emphasis on darkness and evil spirits, is not something that we feel we should celebrate. We have chosen not to participate in any activities that involve the typical Halloween “stuff” – ghosts, witches, zombies, and the like.
But what about Halloween-alternatives? How should we, as a Christian family, approach these activities? Is it just harmless fun? Should we participate and “redeem” the demonic elements of the day? Or should we abstain from all activities that are even remotely associated with the holiday?
To be honest, I’m on the fence. I see both sides. I grew up attending a Halloween-alternative event at my church and loved it. I just wanted to dress up, play games, and get candy. I was never confused about why we were allowed to go to the event when we disapproved of the symbols of Halloween.
On the other hand, I take my job as my kids’ spiritual mentor and guide very seriously. And I would never want to do anything that steered them the wrong way. I don’t want to participate in anything that’s going to invite darkness into our home. So I’m just not sure.
To help us, and you, make this important decision, I thought I would compile a round-up of articles on both sides of the issue. I hope they provide you with points to ponder as you make the best decision for your family.
Yes to Halloween
7 Reasons Why a Christian Can Celebrate Halloween | Alan Rudnick
3 Reasons Christians MUST Celebrate Halloween | Redeeming God
Why Christians Can Celebrate Halloween | Relevant Magazine
No to Halloween
Being the Light on a Dark Holiday | Parenting With Humility
Engaging But Not Encouraging Halloween | Courageous Mom
Why We Don’t Celebrate Halloween | ANAWINS
Christians and Halloween: Should We Observe It? | The Modest Mom Blog
No to Halloween, Yes to Halloween Alternatives
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? The Apostle Paul Has a Surprising Answer | Intentional by Grace
Redeeming Halloween: How Should Christians Approach Halloween? | Intoxicated on Life
The Boy and Halloween | Life in Lape Haven
Ideas for Halloween Alternative Activities
What are your thoughts and convictions on the subject? Should Christian families participate in any kind of Halloween activities? Share in the comments below. I’m open to any and all opinions, as long as they’re respectful! 🙂
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