There are various ways Christians respond to Halloween. What is a balanced response?
I have a hunch that Halloween can bring up some legalistic triggers for people, so I wanted to make sure to give an opportunity to discuss it.
Kathi shared this on the SSB Facebook page:
Guilt and shame on you if you celebrate anything on Halloween
Meanwhile, I see these signs all over my neighborhood and I cringe with the phrase, “Tour Your Final Destination,” as if this church has determined everyone’s spiritual fate. Ugh!
Judgement Houses are done all around the nation and here is their vision:
At Judgement House, our VISION is to equip the local church and other ministries with the ability to create a walk-through gospel presentation concerning the truth of people’s choices versus the earthly and eternal consequences.
I think Judgement houses coerce young people into:
Emotional Manipulation to make a “decision” for Christ on Halloween
I know of many other Christians who take the opportunity to give out Christian tracts for Halloween trick-or-treaters because you can’t just eat candy, you must eat candy with a spiritual message attached. Here is Way of the Master’s response to use Halloween in an evangelistic way:
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Meanwhile, you can find this at an evangelism website:
Crossway.com offers 22 different Halloween tracts to hand out with candy. I hope the candy is at least the good stuff – you know – Snickers bar, Reese’s bar, not that cheap stuff.
Christianbook.com also offers Halloween tracts:
Last year, my daughter left a comment about what she liked about the Christian Halloween alternative – Harvest Festivals:
The Harvest Festival that she is referring to was a family favorite. The whole church participated and it was great fun. When we moved to Oregon, there was a family who opened up their farm to the church. Everybody brought a pie and apple cider and there were all kinds of activities. After that option was gone, our family had “family night.” We turned off all the lights upstairs and went downstairs in the basement for a night of movies/popcorn.
We don’t have Harvest Festivals at our new church. We let our kids to dress up in costumes if they like, and let them go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
We also enjoy handing candy at the front door. No, we don’t hand out tracts. What I especially like is reconnecting with people from our neighborhood that we see in the summer at the neighborhood pool. The evil Halloween festivities afford us the opportunity to connect and continue building the relationships in our neighborhood.
This year, we’re on an Angry Bird theme with our home-grown very large pumpkins. We have two done already. My 24- and 17-yr old sons did this one:
My 24- and 12-yr old sons worked on this one together. (I’ll try to get a picture of this one when it’s dark outside.)
Do you “celebrate” Halloween or participate in any festivities? Is the day difficult for you spiritually?
- About Halloween. . . .
- Here’s an article I did on Judgement Houses last year: Judgement House and Hell House: Youth Evangelism “Halloween” Outreach Ideas