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Should We Celebrate the Most Evil and Sexualized Holiday of the Year?

By: Kristen Clark

I’ve been inside a “haunted house” one time and I’ll never do it again. I was in high school on a church missions trip when the youth pastor decided to take our entire group to one of those Halloween scare houses. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I reluctantly joined the group on the tour.

After all…everything was fake, right…how scary could it be?

Let’s just say one of the girls in my group finished the tour in tears because of how awful and morbid it was.

To this day, I’ll never know why the youth pastor took us there. What I do know is this: I’ll never go into one of those places again.

There isn’t one bone in my body that enjoys walking through eerie scenes of death, skeletons, dungeons, torture chambers and demonized faces.

It was awful and disgusting. It was a place of darkness and a celebration of evil.

Over the years, Halloween has become famously known for scenes like this. You don’t have to walk into a “haunted house” to see it either.

My neighbor’s yard features a dead man being hanged by a rope from a tree. My other neighbor has a graveyard with protruding bloody limbs coming out of the ground. Lovely.

Not only is Halloween the most evil and death promoting holiday of the year, it has also become the most sexualized holiday too. Somehow evil and sexual perversity always go hand in hand.

It’s hard not to notice the growing popularity of women’s “lingerie” like costumes during this season.

Somehow it has become totally acceptable for women to strip down to almost nothing in the name of a costume. We’re told it’s okay to dress up as a raunchy nurse or scantily clad vampire.

Halloween has become an extremely sexualized holiday in many ways.

I’ve talked to Christian guys who refuse to go to any Halloween parties simply because of how immodest their Christian girl friends’ outfits are.

So here’s the pressing question: Should we, as Christian girls, celebrate the most evil and sexualized holiday of the year?

I know this is a tricky question because there is a variety of ways to “celebrate” this holiday. Not everyone who participates in it choose to dress up as witches or wear seductive costumes.

I realize that.

I have attended innocent “Christian” Halloween parties in the past where I dressed up in perfectly modest and non-evil costumes.

However, as I’ve studied God’s word and grown in my understanding as a Christian, my personal convictions and views about Halloween have changed. Personally, I would no longer attend a Halloween party (even if my costume was fine).

Here’s why.

When I step back and look at the overall theme and purpose of modern day Halloween, I see a holiday that is steeped in darkness and evil. The holiday itself is an opportunity for our culture to glorify wickedness, horror, death, and demonic powers.

Let’s be honest. It’s not a happy holiday filled with cheery lights and smiling faces.

It’s awful, disgusting, and seductive.

Sure, we can dress up in a modest costume and participate without promoting or celebrating evil. But why do we need to? Why do we need to join in the overall celebration of something so dark?

As Christians, we serve a God of light. We serve a God who has conquered death. A God who has overcome evil with good.

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).

Since we serve a God who is adamantly opposed to darkness, should we take part in such a dark holiday?

We, as Christian girls, need to remember Whom we serve this Halloween day. We need to remember our testimony to a lost and dying culture. We need to remember our call to be in the world but not of the world. We need to be shining lights in a culture of darkness.

In closing: Your decision on this issue is ultimately one that you have to make for yourself. This is just my personal take. I challenge you to study your Bible, search your motives, and carefully consider your testimony.

Instead of celebrating Halloween, you can get creative with how to use this day. A fun idea is to use the holiday for evangelism by passing out tracts and candy to the people who come to your door. Or maybe throw a “fall festival” or host a non-Halloween party instead.

There are lots of creative ways to honor Christ on this evil day.

How about you? It’s your turn to share!

  • Do you think it’s a good or bad idea for Christians to celebrate Halloween. Why?
  • What alternatives have you come up with instead of celebrating Halloween?

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  • Eliza Noel

    Hello! A good friend of mine recently told me about your blog and I love it sooo much! I’ma Christian 15 year old girl with 7 younger siblings. I also have blonde hair (like you two loevly ladies 😉 ) and am almost 6 feet tall 😀
    Just a question, were you home schooled or did you attend a public school? I don’t see anything on here that specifically says you are a homeschool graduate or anything but you seem to have similar beliefs and convictions as a lot of home schoolers . Of course, not to say that someone who attended public school couldn’t hold those beliefs and convictions too.
    My family usually has a harvest party the night of October 31. We don’t celebrate Halloween. We see our harvest party as a way to reach out and shine Jesus’ light to family, friends and neighbors. Usually our family, friends and neighbors who do do trick or treating will stop by our house while they’re trick or treating. We usually have some soup and pies ready to serve and just enjoy visiting with them. I don’t think my family will be doing it this year since we no longer live in a neighborhood but it was a tradition I enjoyed 🙂

  • I totally and completely agree with you on this!!! I HATE THIS HOLIDAY!!! And I refuse to go into haunted houses as well!!! The Bible clearly states to HATE evil! This holiday and all these events celebrate, glorify and entertain evil!!! So Amen and AMEN!!! What we always do is, Every year since I was little my church as what we call, “The Holy Ghost Party” We’re Pentecostal so we believe in the Holy Ghost being poured out as the Bible talks about in Act chapter 2, so its the perfect play on words for us…ANNNND its basically just a harvest festival! Best part is that for costumes you HAVE to come dressed as a Bible character, animal or object…King David, Queen Esther, Ruth, Samuel, Moses, The Ten Commandments or One of the animals from Noah’s ark or Baalam’s donkey, stuff like that!!! Its such a blast!!! One year my little niece went as Martha, the sister of Lazurus, and she wrapped her favorite boy doll up as a mummy and he was supposed to be Lazurus when Jesus rose him from the dead! It was SOOOO CUUUUTE!!!

  • Rachel

    Yup, I totally agree with you! My family has never celebrated Halloween. We instead go out to dinner for my sister’s birthday (which is today actually). There never was a question about what we would do when the trick-or-treaters came around.
    Then when I started our teen group newsletter, the question came up about whether or not we should mention Halloween as a holiday. I asked the editor and designer, and they asked their mom. They don’t celebrate Halloween either, and she suggested we leave it out, erring on the side of caution.
    I do have friends who celebrate it, and they are friends, but I do not support or agree with what this popular holiday promotes.

  • Hailey

    Like you mentioned, I know lots of churches who do trunk-or-treats and are able to have a great outreach through that and I also know several individuals who pass out tracts to trick-or-treaters. We normally carve a pumpkin and my little brother dresses up, but that’s about it. I get scared extremely easily so Halloween is not my favorite holiday!! This year we have friends coming for dinner; I found all these cute recipes on Pinterest, like a candy corn fruit platter and pumpkin vegetable platter.

  • Madeleine Grace

    Thank you so much for this article!!! My family and I have never celebrated Halloweeen at all! And even to this day I find my friends looking down on me cause I don’t!! One even said how can you be an American! And I don’t understand! Because for me Hallowren is just like u said so why should we celebrate it?

    Thanks again! 🙂

    God Bless,
    Madeleine

    • Hailey

      Madeleine!! I didn’t know you read GirlDefined! This is Hailey H lol 🙂 And I can’t believe that people say you’re not an American because you don’t celebrate Halloween. What’s that about?!

      • Madeleine Grace

        Hahaha WOW!!! Hailey I never thought if meet u hear lol!! I’ve met so many other awesome people through blogs just like this one! But I never thought if meet someone who’s one of my best friends in real life! It’s so cool!!! Lol

        And yes sadly my best guy friend at church said that to me!! 🙁 made me sad a bit lol! But it’s fine!

        God Bless,
        Madeleine

      • Madeleine Grace

        Haha it’s true!!! Lol

  • When I was little we did dress up for Halloween, I remember being a princess one year and a baker with my brother the next. 🙂 (And my little sister, a baby at the time, was a pineapple!) However, when I was four or so we moved to an area that had a greater number of homeschoolers, and since then I’ve only trick-or-treated once.

    “Hallow-e’en” is literally All Hallows Eve, preceding All Saints Day on Nov. 1st. For years we’ve participated in our various homeschool groups’ All Saints Parties, where the kids dress up as saints instead of whatever else. We start with a guessing game – the kids read out clues to which saint they are and everyone else has to guess – and then play games with candy prizes. It’s the BEST, I still look forward to it and I’m 16! If you’re not Catholic you might not want to celebrate All Saints per se, but there are many other Christian themes you could weave into a party of that sort.

    Other friends of ours go door-to-door with their youth group asking for canned goods for the local food drive.

    The evil decorations such as graveyards and gallows are DISGUSTING and I hate their evilness with all my heart.

    • Azi

      When it comes to decorations, we have to be mindful because kids come to our house for trick-or-treating so we don’t put anything too frightening. As much as I like theatrics, I don’t really think it’s appropriate–I mean, the point is for them to want to go to your house, not shoo them away. Above all things for trick-or-treaters, however…safety first!!!

      I love the idea of the canned food drive. Makes me kind of want to do that now…=D

  • Andreia Figueiredo

    Hi girls! Great post! Halloween was not a big deal in Brazil while I was growing up, but on the last years it has become a real “thing” in out culture.
    What makes me sad, though, is that we as Protestant Christians, could be celebrating the Protestant Reformation since Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the church in Germany on October 31st, 1517!!! There is a annual conference in my city that happens on the last week of October to remember that special event, and my church encourages our youth group to promote activities to remember the roots of the Protestant movement. It is a great time to question if our churches are truly living according the Bible.

  • Maggie Fipps

    I think what a good idea would be is if you are going trick or treating, pass a track to the person who gives you candy. Kindav like you already said. I think that is also sad that some little kids are getting exposed to this sexual holiday…even though they just want the candy!

  • Elizabeth Williams

    I totally agree with your thoughts! The only reason I would want to go to some kind of haunted house like that would be because it’s fun for you and your friends to get scared and laugh about it lol But the darkness of it all is definitely not what I want to participate in! I wish someone could do something like that without all the ghosts, blood, etc.

    • Jesusfreak17

      Maybe you could find one that’s geared more towards kids, like 12ish year olds. It might have the fun scary without the gore and evilness so much. Just a thought, no idea if it’s practical 🙂

  • Lizzy

    Now I do agree that over sexualizing this holiday is wrong, HOWEVER, my family and I have always celebrated Halloween because it’s fun. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not celebrating death and evil, we just think it’s fun to get dressed up, make Halloween desserts, and go trick-or-treating.
    This year I’m going as the witch Elphaba from the musical Wicked, and I honestly don’t see anything wrong with that.
    In my family, we were never aloud to go as ghosts, demons, witches and that other scary stuff, however they let me go as Elphaba because she’s different. And I think that’s okay.

  • Judy

    So true!! I love what you shared!! Agree!! My sister and I will be handing out baggies with candy and Bible tracts. We’ve often done that. I feel like this year I am seeing more decorations this year than ever before. it really frustrates me, this celebration of evil, darkness and sin. I’m also going to colour 2 white pumpkins with a Bible Verse and Christian message to put on the doorstep. Thanks for your faithfulness and example! 🙂

  • Mandy

    Personally I don’t like anything about October 31! I grew up in a home were halloween was rarely ever mentioned, it was frowned upon, considered evil and some even called it the devils birthday! It may sound extreme, but I think the whole context of the day is wrong. I did once dress up with my friends and go tricker treating (we avoided all the evil stuff and kept it very innocent) and at the end of the day, I still felt like I had done something wrong, or like I had allowed evil to be near. Just not something I feel comfortable celebrating in the least!
    I do however LOVE the idea of a fall festiveal or maybe a “lets celebrate LIGHT” party!

    • Jo Bless

      smh

  • Dawn

    Good for you! This is great stuff that needs to be said.

    Our church singles group is having a harvest party this year!

    • Miriam Elise

      Having a singles harvest party is a great idea! Love it! Wish my church had something like that!

  • Faith Christine

    This is great, and cuts right to the heart of the matter!
    For my family, we celebrate “Reformation Day”, the day, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg church in Germany, which helped in the Reformation of the church.
    This is a great holiday to celebrate on the same day!

  • Nicole

    I totally agree! Halloween has become an evil holiday (really, it always was). Personally, my family and I enjoy staying home and watching old movies like Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein or the mummy or something like that. Just clean entertainment. This year, my three of besties and I are dressing up for a harvest party at our youth group as Alvin, Simon and Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks!

  • Leanne

    Another thing I’m thinking of is how God has called us from darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)! So while we shouldn’t be dressed up as ghosts (why celebrate death when God has given us eternal life), or going into dark and scary places (Ephesians 5:8 … walk as children of light), we can celebrate things in the light!

  • Meredith

    For those who do choose to take part by handing out candy, there was a fantastic article on the True Woman blog just the other day. ^^

    I agree with a lot of this. My sister’s birthday is on Halloween (and she turns 12 on Saturday! ^^), so we’ve always had a Halloween themed party for her, and dressed up at the house. Most years it’s too cold to trick-or-treat in my town anyway! XD
    As for celebrating it or not, I probably will take part in festivities with my kids one day, but there will be rules and things I want them to understand.
    Modesty doesn’t go out the window just because its Halloween! Extremely form fitting, or outfits that accentuate certain areas of your body, or low cut tops are not allowed. The idea that it’s okay to dress sexy or raunchy or immodestly, IN PUBLIC, ON A COLD NIGHT, is ridiculous! But when I lay down this rule for my children, I’m going to take the opportunity to explain WHY modesty all the time is necessary and important.
    No dressing up as anything demonic either. No devil costumes, witches, etc. That pretty much explains itself.
    So… I agree that the holiday can be celebrated in bad ways. But there’s also ways to have plenty of wholesome fun with it as well! I saw Girl-Defined’s pumpkin carving contest on instagram (and voted 😉 ). Nothing about carving pumpkins is sinful!
    Handing out candy to kids can be a chance to also hand out tracks, and demonstrate God’s love and generosity. (:

  • Lindsay

    At my church, we’ve done a fall festival called Hallelujah Night.

  • Candice Martinez

    Thank you for this article that cuts right to the heart of the matter. We serve a God of LIGHT not darkness. He shuns evil and everything that this day represents. No need to live in fear or purposefully scare yourself.

  • Dani M.

    Great post. We have never celebrated Halloween, and this post gives good solid reasons that I may not have been able to put my finger on before.

  • Leah

    I totally agree with every single thing you said, Kristin! Everything you said is my personal and my family’s beliefs on Halloween. I agree that throwing a fall festival is an awesome idea! Some Christian friends did that one year and it was a blast! Now that they moved half-way across the country it’s been a great memory.

  • Leah

    Another thing that you didn’t mention is that evil and evil powers are real. I know many stories from trustworthy, godly personal friends and have had my own experiences as well. Evil is no joke. I’m not saying we should be scared of it, because our God of Light is greater than any Darkness.
    I’m just saying we shouldn’t be messing with it at all, cause evil is extremely real, and it is not safe.

  • Miriam Elise

    Love this post! I don’t hear about very many believers these days that are opposed to Halloween. I share the same conviction with you, and think you put it very well! Why mess with the darkness when you have Jesus’ light in you? Its very dangerous, and I don’t think most people take it very seriously.
    Thanks for sharing! My family and I usually just do something together…watch a movie, go out to eat, etc! 🙂 What do you and your family do?

  • Kaitlyn Burdick

    Great post! Thank you for standing up for what’s right! I’m raised in a home that takes no part in Halloween. When I was little it was my parents standards, but now they are my own personal convictions. I hate everything about Halloween. My favorite time of year is Autumn, but I also dread it because at some point I’ll have to walk into Walmart and walk past the Halloween section. It’s just soooo evil! Another perspective: It’s getting really unsafe. I could never send my little kids out to a random strangers door not knowing if the candy is drugged or not then have my innocent little four year old eat it. Kids could get kidnapped…It’s just unsafe. All around Halloween is nasty. I have also always lived in the country so I really have only seen Halloween night once in my life when I had to take a quick trip to town late, but if I lived in town I would soooo hand out tracks. I’ve definitely heard of this method before and I always wanted to do it 🙂

  • Jesusfreak17

    I think the big question is does what we do honor God? That means different things for different people. For some people, it may mean not participating at all. For others, such as myself it may mean dressing up as something that points to God (like an angel) in the middle of all the other not-so-nice costumes. Or it means going trick-or-treating with your siblings because it makes their day. I think that not participating is a great way to point back to God, but we can also take this opportunity to turn Halloween on it’s head and give the honor back to God.

  • Gabrielle

    AMEN!! We always need to read about the background story of things. Plus, talk to God, study His Word, and see what He is saying.

  • Gabrielle

    One thing we can do on that day is pray! And, if God’s leading youu, share Christ with others, however He’d lead you to do so.

  • Azi

    I think that the decision to celebrate Halloween is a personal one. And I do agree that Halloween has become overly-commercialized (seriously, Halloween merchandise is showing up earlier and earlier…although whether or not that in itself is a good or bad thing depends on how willing you are to stock up on items before they run out).

    Sexualization and potential-for-evildoing aside, I think that the best way to celebrate Halloween is to remember those who have passed on. The days after Halloween (All Saints Day and All Souls Day) for me are an opportunity to remember the things that good, holy people have passed on to make our lives better. So, in a sense, Halloween to me is more the eve of a holy day. Kind of like how people have traditions on Christmas Eve.

    I do like dressing up on Halloween but that’s because I like being creative with what I wear. I try not to go all out with Halloween costumes these days–I just see what’s in my closet and match different colors and styles. Of course, there is the risk of dressing for the attention, but think focusing on the meaning of what we wear in a God-given context (as we would on any other day) should put things in perspective. It’s not just about the clothes but rather how we show ourselves through them.

    So that’s my take on it: however you celebrate, understand the meaning of what it is. This applies to all holidays, not just Halloween.

    • naomi

      You might find this interesting: the name “Halloween” actually comes from “Hallowed-Eve” – referring to the fact that it is just before All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

  • So wonderful to hear. Good for you for standing up and professing your faith – once again!

  • Melissa Van Den Assem

    I don’t think it is a good idea to celebrate it. In our church circles, Oct. 31 is Reformation Day, although it doesn’t always work out that our service is held on the 31st.

    • Joy

      Yes, isn’t it interesting that Satan tries to cover up the good things with the evil. Halloween is indeed evil. Celebrate Reformation Day!!!!!

  • Rachel R

    Personally, this is the first year I will not be celebrating Halloween. This year, God has shown me the evil associated with Halloween in this crazy world. However, Halloween is the one time of year when people literally come to your door for love. So, I will still pass out candy and show the love of Jesus on this dark holiday. I feel that Jesus would want me to show his love to others in the midst of darkness 🙂

    • Jo Bless

      You think evil is for one day? Need I remind you that Satan was in an unfallen garden, you can not escape evil. It is everywhere. Satan is prowling 24/7.

      • Rachel R

        I agree with you. Evil is everywhere, and Satan will not certainly not rest until he has attempted to overtake the hearts of believers and non-believers alike. I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear on that. These are just my personal convictions. Have a blessed day!

  • Brittany Blackwill

    I have been struggling with this one for a while and still am. While it seems okay with me for a 5 year old to dress up like a princess and try to score a piece of candy from my front porch, ‘m not okay with the over sexualization and the celebration of death. Furthermore, our nation’s obsession with evil is not just limited to Halloween. Just read the list of movies available at the local theater. They’re all based on the “paranormal” theme. Where there are homes and people getting possessed by demons. Even outside of Halloween our culture has opened itself up to and is claiming evil as “harmless entertainment.”

  • Jo Bless

    Hallow as in hallowed means holy. Somehow evil and holy don’t go together. I really do think many Christians like to act self righteous about certain holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas.

  • Jo Bless

    I as a Christian would like to point out that every time I hear Christians screeching that something is pagan and to avoid it, they never mention the calendar and it’s pagan origins, yet they use it every day of their lives. I can see why a lot of unbelievers call Christians hypocrites. Please check your self righteousness at the door. I bet most even pray publicly although Jesus specifically said that is how the hypocrites pray. Now I may not be as “holy” and Christ like as I would like to be, but at least I am honest about it and at least I don’t pretend to be pious when I am not. I don’t celebrate Halloween, but I do enjoy having some fun with it every once in a while and I am related to wiccans who call the day a mockery of their samhein crap. Evil is all around us. It doesn’t come to trick or treat one night of the year, it is in our daily lives and even in our prayers. We all have bad thoughts, and we all sin. Not one of us is perfect, and not one of us is worthy.

    • Jayna

      There’s a difference between being a hypocrite and being cautious about something with GOOD intentions because you DON’T ACTUALLY know what it’s roots are. MOST people aren’t aware of the calendar and it’s pagan roots. What does that have to do with a day of worshiping the dead?

      God looks into our hearts. So for you to claim Christianity and cast your brothers ans sisters under the bus because we don’t want to displease God doesn’t make you the most righteous person in the room, now does it?

      God said we’d be known by our LOVE for one another. How can ANYONE tell we’re Christians if we can’t even be loyal to our own? If a brother be taken in a fault RESTORE them in the spirit of meekness. How is you casting someone out as a “hypocrite” because they’re trying to please God restoration?

      Mild correction is one thing but judging and hating on your own for what YOU see as their “hypocrisy” is more of a negative reflection on you than it is on them. Just sayin’.

  • Skarlet Pike

    I grew up in a family that never ever ever celebrated Halloween in any way, including the watered-down churchy version like “Harvest Festivals” and whatnot.

    It didn’t really make me a more holy person, though I did enjoy a couple years of going around giving out tracts.

    This most recent Halloween, I supervised my little sis going door-to-door (in an innocent costume), and one thing I really enjoyed was meeting a lot of the neighbors who live around the block. I have walked past their houses dozens and dozens of times, but finally getting to meet a lot of them face-to-face was really nice. It made me think to myself, “man, this is like, ‘annual-meet-your-neighbors’ evening.”

    People were friendly and kind, and I made connections. A lot of secular people see Halloween that way, they decorate and sit outside on their porch, hoping to have pleasant interactions with their neighbor whom they rarely see. People looking for connection.

  • Robin Varney Simms

    do you still celebrate Christmas? Most, if not all of the traditions of Christmas, tree, yule log, giving gifts, even the date, all are pagan. If you give up one holiday for pagan origins, then you have to give up all. Even Easter is full of pagan traditions…..

    • Ann

      The point isn’t generally about traditions or about the fact that it is “pagan”. Those aren’t the issues. It’s about the theme & what is being celebrated, which is wickedness and horror on Halloween. Can u say that about Easter and Christmas? If so then I will gladly give those up as well.

      • Toniko

        Easter rabbits and eggs are both symbols of fertility to the pagan god of fertility, and yes that is still used very widely in the US today as part of Easter. It is what YOU make the holiday in YOUR Heart!! Many use Halloween as a chance to give Gospel tracts and invites to kids Bible clubs God can use all for His glory! God will look on YOUR HEART and YOUR intentions with how you celebrate or don’t. Perhaps you not celebrating will turn people away from God?
        Paul said in 1 Cor. 9:
        19Though I am free of obligation to anyone, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
        20To the Jews I became like a Jew,
        to win the Jews. To those under the Law I became like one under the Law
        (though I myself am not under the Law), to win those under the Law.
        21To those without the Law I became
        like one without the Law (though I am not outside the law of God but am
        under the law of Christ), to win those without the Law.
        22To the weak I became weak, to win
        the weak. I have become all things to all men, so that by all possible
        means I might save some of them.

        23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

    • Jocelyn

      My family still celebrates Christmas gladly because we are not celebrating presents. We are celebrating Christ. Not gifts. That is how I was raised in Christ

    • Joy

      Christmas itself is pagan. Most holidays are. But there are true holidays about the same time as these,that people get confused about. I love the true Christmas because it is a season to, especially, remember Jesus and God’s great love for us. I love to help others and give gifts all year, but especially at Christmas. There are always lies and truth in everything. Pray for discernment.
      God bless you!

  • Alicia

    My friend who is from Hawaii and is a pastor’s daughter has told me story after story how particularly evil Halloween is there. Literally, due to many cults there, children will be stolen and sacrificed. This is no joke. They will find bodies after Halloween of small children. How sick. We do not take evil seriously. Give Satan an inch, he will take a mile. We joke about all these demonic masks and morbid bodies, but Satan is the only one laughing cause he knows how blind he has made us all. Desensitization of evil is his delight and allows him more and more room to work. We participate as “innocent fun” when in reality, we are just trying to fit into the world. God does not take these things lightly. Check your heart, why are you participating? Really. Do you look apart from the world? Can the world tell if you are different? A peculiar people as God calls us? The more that participate, the more popular. The more praying at the flagpole, the more popular it will be. Whatever godly things we don’t diligently seek and keep, we give away as Christians. The opposite is also true. We didn’t have things “taken away”, we freely gave them up. In exchange for the world. We choose that.

  • Emily

    I agree with this wholeheartedly. But I’m confused about something……what’s the difference–in your mind–between a “Christian” Halloween party and a “fall festival”? They seem like the same thing to me. So many of the churches in my town have “fall festivals,” but it’s around the same time as Halloween, and the kids still dress up. It’s always bothered me for the same reasons you wrote about. Which is why I was confused when you suggested hosting a “fall festival” instead. How is that showing that you don’t want to participate in an evil holiday?

  • Jocelyn

    Everyone has different views on Halloween and it truly is your choice whether you want to participate or not. It all depends on what your morals and values in Jesus truly are.


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