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Halloween: When Nice Girls Turn Naughty

By: Kristen Clark

“Awww Man, I hate this holiday.” He said rolling his eyes. “I just don’t get it…”

“Oh really?” I asked, “What are you talking about?”

This is me several years ago having a conversation with a Christian college guy I knew.

“I just don’t get Halloween parties and Christian girls. Why do so many Christian girls use this holiday as an excuse to dress in raunchy costumes?” He asked raising his eyebrows in question.

“I don’t know…” I said. “It is kinda weird.”

“Like, my Christian college has tons of Halloween parties and I don’t even want to go to any of them.” He continued. “It’s just too awkward for me to see my Christian girl friends dressed so…raunchy.”

I walked away from that conversation with a new eye-opening perspective from a Christian college guy. He made some really good points.

He asked a good question that begs for a good answer. Why DO so many Christian girls use Halloween as an excuse to undress?

Why do so many nice Christian girls turn naughty on Halloween?

I was doing some research on the topic of Halloween and came across a secular article by the New York Times called, “Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day.” The entire article was about how everyday “good” girls suddenly turn into sleazy witches, vampires, devils, and even sleazy little red riding hoods, for one day.

They came to the conclusion that girls and women have to be “good” every other day of the year, so why not be bad for one night?

Interesting conclusion.

Costumes aren’t the only thing that turn bad on Halloween night. My neighbors’ beautiful front yard transformed into a graveyard with skulls, skeletons, witches, body parts, blood and tombstones all over the place. My other neighbor has a full-size skeleton hanging from their tree by a rope tied around its neck. Appetizing.

If you stop to think about it for one second…it’s extremely creepy and weird.

The darkness and evil is blatant during the Halloween season.

The history of this uniquely dark holiday does have some good roots, however, most of its history is rooted in a pagan, non-Christian, evil practices.

For more info on the history of Halloween and whether or not you should celebrate it, read these helpful articles:

Christians and Halloween

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

With Halloween only a few days away, I wanted to write a post to encourage all of you Christian girls out there to stay nice this October 31st. Our culture loves to celebrate death, darkness, perversion, and evil…but we should be different.

Our language, our dress, and even our celebrations should look different than the lost world.

Now, I’m not against having a fun party on Friday night (I’m throwing a “fall cookout” party!), I’m simply encouraging you to continue being a light for Jesus, even on Halloween. Don’t give into the culture and became another display of darkness.

God calls you and me to be reflections of the image of Christ 365 days a year. Without exception.

Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Ephesians 5:8 “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

Personally, I wont be dressing up in a costume this Friday, but I do plan on passing out candy and a fun gospel tract to the kids who come knocking on my door. Instead of promoting darkness, I’m going to use this secular holiday as an opportunity to get the message of light and hope in the hands of anyone who comes my way.

With so much darkness around us, people are in desperate need of the light.

They may have fun celebrating “hell” this Friday, but without Jesus, that nightmare will become a reality for them all too soon. I want to challenge and encourage you to think of creative ways to get the gospel message to your neighbors this Halloween.

In closing, take some time to think carefully about what you’re doing, what you’re celebrating and what you’re wearing this Halloween.

  • Will your actions reflect the purity and holiness of God to those around you?
  • Will your clothing be a blessing or a stumbling block to the guys around you?
  • Will you choose the path of a nice girl or a naughty girl this Friday?

If you have some creative ideas on how to turn this holiday of darkness into something a little brighter, I’d love to hear about it! Share your ideas with me in the comment section below.

Photo Credit: www.flickr.com | Anna Fischer

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  • kaitlyn

    I try to not dress like the culture around us like you said…i(f I’m gonna be a genie for Halloween I wear a cami and leggings under the outfit) so is it also unchristian to dress up like vampires or ghosts or are all costumes bad? I also have a hard time trying to pick out costumes because like you said once you get to be a teen there’s no longer cute ladybugs and princesses to dress up as anymore….

    • Rach

      I think you have to pray about it and ask God to show you if it’s right or wrong to dress up as vampires etc. The Bible does say to be modest and also to flee evil. It’s best to read and find out for yourself what God wants you to do, then it won’t leave you. That’s just my opinion.

    • Hey Kaitlyn! You ask a great question. The Bible doesn’t explicitly say it’s a sin to dress up as a vampire or ghost…however we’re given a LOT of instruction on how to reflect the light of Christ vs. the darkness of our world. Vampires, ghosts, demons, witches, etc. are all symbols of evil and do not reflect Christ in any way. Ultimately, you need to get to the heart of the matter and ask yourself if what you’re wearing will reflect the light of Christ to the lost world around you. If the answer is no, then it’s probably better not to wear it.

  • farmer15

    Amen! I agree with all that you wrote. I did read an article though that said even the passing out of candy has a pagan history. It said that people gave food offerings outside their doors in hopes of pleasing spirits that came to visit. Have you ever heard of this?

    • I have heard different accounts on the history behind the candy. Some claim they started as something good and others as something evil. It seems as though the candy is an American secular tradition though. I personally pass out candy, but only as a tool to give the kids a gospel tract. 😉

  • Rach

    My neighbour is a Christian too and wee have made up bags ordered from UCB and designed our own leaflet, especially for our neighbourhood for this time of year. We are taking our kids with us around every house ‘treating’ instead of ‘trick or treating’. Our kids are dressing up as pirates and princesses and they are so excited to be involved.
    I love your article.

    • Nice Rach! Way to be creative with your kiddos! Love it.

  • Anna Jones

    I so agree, Kristen! It’s sad, but many people don’t realize that Halloween has evil roots, which should be obvious. Also, I love that you mention that God has called us to be Christians 365 days a year. He will give us the grace to do that, I’m sure.

  • Brooklyn Mikinzie

    This article is awesome!
    Yesterday I went into our local “Spirit Halloween” store to look for a prop for my costume. Ive never been in a place more evil and horrid. I felt sick to my stomach and realized THAT was the reason Id never been in that store. It reflects the hearts of people in America.
    Its a 14 year tradition for my home to host a fall party while our neighborhood has trick or treat. We always eat soup, roast mashmellows, dress in costumes, and have an awesome time. This year we’re expecting about 60 people. Its so much fun, and people see that we are different.

    • Hey Brooklyn! I went into that store once a while ago too and never went back. Super creepy and evil. I LOVE your family tradition of having a fall party! Sounds like a total blast. Way to come up with a fun alternative. 🙂 Your family is truly being a light!

  • Elizabeth

    I was thinking the same thing! I will see girls dress(or undress) for Halloween, almost like that’s their one day to cheat. I love your idea of just having a fall cookout and I hope it turns out really fun! I also love how you take advantage of the opportunity and pass out tracts! I’ve heard of others doing it, and it really is a great idea.

  • Guga Madureira

    Just awsome!
    Hope brazilian girls read it and start glorifying God with their body and mind!

  • Stephanie Ann

    My church is hosting a harvest festival on the day of Halloween. And our “costume contest” is to encourage the kids to dress up as a bible character. Whoever is the most creative wins. I love this idea because it does encourage them to be a light.

  • Jacey Faith

    Thanks for the article. All over Pinterest right now are creepy costumes and gross junk like that. Thanks for the reminder that we should be a light in the darkness.

  • Beecher

    Great article Kristen!

  • My family and I just buy some candy and watch movies on Halloween, we turn it into a family movie/game night!!! That is the only thing I like about the “Holiday.”
    Please be safe this Friday!!!

  • Mrs. J

    Great job! It really does send such mixed messages to the lost world when Christians embrace such a pagan holiday.

  • Ellissa Baird

    Wow! Such an amazing article! Great Job Kristen! Love you.

  • Jenna

    Me and my family call Halloween Reformation day. That is the day that Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-five Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church. We usually watch the Luther movie. I just had a idea how to share the gospel! Me and my family are going camping on Halloween. We could bring some Bible verses to give to the other campers! Thanks for the article!

  • TS

    My teen daughter is going with friends and she chose to be a snail this year! She is making her costume. I am so proud of her and her choice to be modest! Thank you so much for your articles!

  • Bethany

    thank you for making this post I was so happy to know something like this is out there! ! The only problem I wish was for there to be more mentions on should Christians celebrate Halloween because that’s the true issue At hand. The answer should always be no because I could list a trillion verses in the bible to not associate with evil take Pslams 1:1-6 for example. but I can’t change anyone’s beliefs just because they don’t see a problem in such a wicked holiday but what I will say is to encourage your friends and family to not partake in anything with evil. I’ve read the article on Should Christians Celebrate Halloween and I was blown away by these two statements, “what part about Halloween glorifies God?,and “anytime we take pleasures in the things God hates we dishonor him and relish in the very things for which he died for.” Im happy a post like this was made but sadly it missed the mark.

  • HB

    Lol. This is such a joke. Wear what you freaking want. You were all born naked. I’m not saying to dress sleazy or raunchy, but define that. I swear, you people can be so close-minded. Get over yourselves.

  • Lydia Billings

    I know a church that they just gather and pray for a bit until they decide to stop

  • rachael

    Halloween is a celebration of the devil and his minions full stop. no christian in the right mind, convicted by the spirit celebrates it, or let’s their children have any part in it. what will I be doing? reading from the word of God. praying that if I get any trick or treaters, that it will give me a chance to bring them to christ. that’s what christians should be concentrating on at this time of year. God bless.

  • Josie Harris

    Every year for Halloween, our church (Parkview Church of God) has Trunk-or-Treat. Every one who wants to have a trunk and pass out candy parks around the church, and opens and decorates their trunks, (we don’t allow evil or demonic displays). It’s a fun, safe way to trick or treat, and the community is invited, so it’s a perfect outreach! Halloween may have pagan roots, but who says we can’t change the way it’s viewed? It’s our job as Christians to stand up and stand out, and I think Christians celebrating Halloween in a Christian way is wonderful! ~Josie

  • Hannah McIntosh

    Our church has done “tract-or-treating” this year and last, and we always have fun doing that together. We basically arm ourselves with lots of candy and fun tracts, then go out into a full neighborhood and pass them out. People are usually very surprised that we go around *offering* them candy. 🙂 The million-dollar bill tracts from Living Waters are a hit every time!

  • Grace

    My birthday is on Oct. 31st. So being a family that doesn’t celebrate Halloween, we just stayed in on my birthday or went and had a birthday celebration with family. Every year I cringe a little when people say how lucky I am to have such a cool “holiday” on my birthday. To combat this icky attitude, one year my family threw me a surprise party at a local coffee shop on Halloween and invited everyone they new to come. The goal was to get as many people there as possible to raise money for the local pregnancy center, to support light shining on this dark night, and life on this night of death. I think our friends and church family raised $500 for the pregnancy center that night!! And we supported our local christian coffee shop!! It was such a blessing to know that my birthday was celebrating more than just me!

    • Avi yah

      I never thought about it, but I feel lucky right now not to be born on Oct.31.
      However, it does seem like you don’t let the world celebrating paganism and death affect you, and I’m glad to hear that.

  • Elisabeth

    I was thinking of useing the night as I had always done in a selfish way, but when you pointed this out to me, it made one to do something special for others, and so, I’ve decided I want to dress up like an angle or just look nice and hand out candy and a track to kids.

    • Jocelyn

      WOW! I love the idea to hand out tracts! Awesome idea!

  • Avi yah

    This is just how worldliness creeped into the church. I celebrated Halloween before I came to Christ, it never crossed my mind to engage in this festival of the devil after I became christian. I utterly detest it.


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