In our family, we disputed whether or not to participate in Halloween. For most people, Halloween is just plain ol’ harmless. But for those of us Christians who know about its origins, it does not sit well for us to take part in Halloween celebrations. Some might think we’re party-poopers. Most don’t know the origins of Halloween (read more here) but even then, it’s mostly ancient history. But that’s the same attitude some have about Christmas too–ancient history so who cares?!
Given that it has pagan roots, should we as Christians encourage our children by participating? What did your household do this past Halloween? We did not participate. I was shocked that our daughter understood the perspective of why some of us Christians do not participate without us even having to explain it to her. She just blurted it out last night. Some Christians think it’s harmless fun and an opportunity for kids to grab some candy. But if we participate, do we contribute to the paganism and it’s historical significance for today?
Here’s a blurb from a Christian website:
“Halloween was thought to be a night when mischievous and evil spirits roamed freely. As in modern poltergeist lore, mischievous spirits could play tricks on the living—so it was advantageous to “hide” from them by wearing costumes. Masks and costumes were worn to either scare away the ghosts or to keep from being recognized by them:
In Ireland especially, people thought that ghosts and spirits roamed after dark on Halloween. They lit candles or lanterns to keep the spirits away, and if they had to go outside, they wore costumes and masks to frighten the spirits or to keep from being recognized by these unearthly beings.”
What’s your opinion?