Growing up in a Christian household, there were a number of activities we skipped out on. Halloween wasn’t one of them.
While I wondered why some other parents forbid their kids to participate in the annual Halloween celebration at school and wouldn’t even allow their children to sit on the sidelines of the yearly parade of costumes through the gym (a practice I eventually wished my parents didn’t support as I got older and more self-conscious), I didn’t think much about it. We also had family traditions, which might have included leaving a bowl of candy on our porch and heading out for trick-or-treating ourselves because let’s be honest, no one is actually going to come 3 miles out in the country to trick-or-treat. But, just in case…
The older I’ve gotten, though, I haven’t supported the holiday any less, and I am actually more excited for Halloween this year than maybe I have ever been. Why you ask? Because, I *should* (crosses fingers and closes eyes tight making a wish) get to pass out candy to little kids in fun costumes from my own home this year – an event I have never gotten to do before. (Remember the bowl I just mentioned?)
As I prepare to institute this practice as a yearly tradition, though, I want to make sure I have thoroughly investigated this celebration from a faithful perspective. As I’ve done the research, my initial excitement has only been bolstered, so take a look at the key reasons we have chosen to celebrate Halloween, and no, candy isn’t one of them. 😉
It’s Okay, Good Even, to Celebrate Halloween As a Christian
Many Christians opt out of Halloween, viewing it as a holiday that celebrates evil, or even supports the devil, which I completely honor as a faithful and prayerful decision. However, we have come to the decision that Halloween is a celebration of different sorts.
In fact, even the word Halloween is derived from an upright meaning. Halloween is derived from All Hallow’s Eve with the word “hallow” actually meaning “holy” or “saint.” Halloween is celebrated on October 31, the eve of All Saint’s Day on November 1. In addition to the holiday being the beginning of the celebration honoring the union of the saints with Christ, additional factors play key roles in why we’ve decided it’s a good thing (for our family) to participate in Halloween.
1. To Celebrate Victory Over Evil
According to this source, Halloween is actually a celebration of the victory of good over evil. While Halloween is viewed as one last effort for the demonic realm to triumph, it loses every single time to the power of the Kingdom. By participating in Halloween, we get to celebrate this victory.
2. To Undermine the Presence of the Demonic Realm
We know that one key way that we can outwit Satan is through mockery. By ridiculing Satan, we are able to offset his power in our lives and in our world even more so. We can do this by eliminating fear of Satan and his demonic realm. If we dress up in a devil costume and stand in faith, we can laugh knowing that evil has lost and will continue to do so, and in so doing are undermining even the presence of the demonic realm.
3. To Bring Light Into the Lives of Others
Some may point out that most individuals are not celebrating Halloween as an announcement of Christ’s victory over death, which is true. But the great point here is that in our participating in the celebration, we are given the opportunity to share the true reality and, yes, even the gospel with others. As unusual as it may seem, Halloween is a great opportunity to share the story of Jesus with others so they too can overcome the fear of death and triumph the evil in their lives.
Practical Ways to Celebrate Halloween in a Christian Home
Now that you understand why we’ve decided it’s okay to celebrate the holiday, let’s cover a few more of the specifics. As in, how can we avoid participating in the less-savory side of Halloween and make it a celebration of life and victory?
- Have a discussion with kids (and other listening individuals) about the power of Jesus and his victory over evil (or scary) things, relating Halloween as our celebration of His power
- Host a fun costume party that honors the true meaning of the holiday and diminishes the pagan views
- Share a bible verse, such as Romans 16:20, with the candy you pass out
- Spearhead a campaign of trick-or-treating for canned goods to donate to the food bank or local pantry
- Organize a trunk-or-treat at your church
Remember, we are called to be in the world, not of the world. Celebrating Halloween in a positive way is a great way to do this with your family. You get to set the example of celebrating God’s power over Satan and share that story with others.
How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Do you have an ongoing tradition in your home?