Growing up in a lukewarm Christian household, Halloween was a holiday that my mom (who is Martha Stewart 2.0) always decorated for and ensured we celebrated. Whether it was trick-or-treating, hosting Halloween parties for my classmates, or even trunk-o-treating at my families’ church, we always managed to put up spooky decorations and get candy. However, since becoming a born again Christian, I felt it heavy on my heart this year to research more on how to navigate this year’s Halloween.
For a more in depth illustration of what the origin of Halloween is and why Christian’s shouldn’t participate, I recommend listening to Dale Partridge’s podcast about this topic as he articulates his argument bluntly and full of truth. What I want to highlight in this post are the ways that Christians can ensure that their children and family are glorifying God during a season that dims Him.
You Can Still Decorate, I Promise
I absolutely love to decorate. I got the magic touch from my mom growing up and I feel warmth in my heart every time I’m able to call her and show her new seasonal decorations I got and have her watch me put them up in my home. It’s fulfilling knowing I’m carrying her legacy and that she is able to help me pick out new items, update me on sales, and even mail me decorations she thinks are a perfect fit in my home!
This year, instead of celebrating for Halloween like I have done my entire life, I chose to put up decorations that are fall and thanksgiving themed. I ignored all the spooky decorations that fill the aisle up and down in Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Target and picked from the Thanksgiving and Fall selection instead.
While it’s not necessary to “celebrate” fall, I felt that the underlying theme of Thanksgiving – sharing, giving, serving, thankfulness is what I wanted to highlight in my home. My husband and I always ensure to teach thankfulness in our house and the decorations that highlighted a beautiful seasonal change along with a theme we already teach from a biblical perspective was a perfect alternative!
Host A Fall Themed Party
I’m sure you’ve been invited to at least one Halloween party this season. I know it probably feels rude if you don’t attend especially if they’re friends of you and your family, however, you should never feel guilty for standing up for your beliefs and values. If they’re a friend, just explain to them why you don’t want to personally attend! It might seem awkward but pray for strength and understanding – God will help you navigate this problem! We should model upholding biblical truth in a society that does not value it to not only our children, but others around us.
“‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.Leviticus 19:31
Instead of attending the Halloween parties – be a light and glorify God by hosting a Fall themed parry of your own! Invite some family friends, girlfriends, mom friends, or whoever you want and serve them! It doesn’t have to be an expensive and fancy party either – half of the decorations I got came from Dollar Tree and Target’s Bullseye section for less than $5! Merely ensuring you have food, an inviting and pumpkin spice aroma in your home, and activities for the kiddos if you have some attending, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
Prioritize Family Time
This is the perfect season to have family time! Go to the pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins to decorate as a family! Go on a hayride, make some homemade pumpkin treats, make fall crafts, and even have thankfulness themed bible nights! There is so much room to explore what God says about thankfulness and serving others during this season and us Christians must utilize this opportunity to pour this into our loved ones – husband, children, friends, extended family, etc. We cannot allow the enemy to take control of this season and use it to dim His light and normalize evilness.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”Ephesians 6:12
I know many Christians and churches here in west try to “reclaim” Halloween and “make it Christian.” Newsflash: You cannot make a holiday that glorifies death and the enemy into something Christ-like. I know many churches here in the west try to do “Trunk-o-Treating” which merely celebrates Halloween but in the parking lot of a church. Many Christian parents feel societal pressure to take their children treat-o-treating so that they don’t feel left out with their peers at school. Many people go to Halloween parties and put in Halloween decorations in their yard because their neighborhood is doing it. Christians – we must not be afraid of the world and take part in it. We are called to rejoice in truth and stand up for our Lord and savior.