Halloween Poll

Halloween is here again. This weekend, millions of dollars will be spent on candy in order to appropriately celebrate. For Christians of any stripe, however, Halloween poses a loaded dilemma – to ‘trick-or-treat’ or not to ‘trick-or-treat’. The question is obviously multilateral and all the options are open for debate.

So you tell us. How are you dealing with Halloween this year?

Just to get the conversation rolling, Tim Challies summarized a few positions that Christians take in this way:

  • Some will adopt a “No Participation” policy. As Christian parents, they don’t want their kids participating in spiritually compromising activities–listening to ghost stories and coloring pictures of witches. They don’t want their kids to dress up in costumes for trick-or-treating or even attending Halloween alternatives.
  • Other Christians will opt for Halloween alternatives called “Harvest Festivals” or “Reformation Festivals”–the kids dress up as farmers, Bible characters, or Reformation heroes. It’s ironic when you consider Halloween’s beginning as an alternative, but it can be an effective means of reaching out to neighborhood families with the gospel. Some churches leave the church building behind and take acts of mercy into their community, “treating” needy families with food baskets, gift cards, and the gospel message.
  • There’s another option open to Christians: limited, non-compromising participation in Halloween. There’s nothing inherently evil about candy, costumes, or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. In fact, all of that can provide a unique gospel opportunity with neighbors. Even handing out candy to neighborhood children–provided you’re not stingy–can improve your reputation among the kids. As long as the costumes are innocent and the behavior does not dishonor Christ, trick-or-treating can be used to further gospel interests.

So, what do you think? After voting, feel free to explain your position.

As a follow up, if you’ve selected the “alternative” option, I’d be very interested to hear some ideas for those. Do share!


2 comments so far

  1. DT on

    I don’t know under which category this will fit, but I’ll be handing out Halloween-based gospel tracts with my church tonight.

  2. acriticalchristian1971 on

    Hi guys…

    In the ‘old days’ I would lock myself in my bedroom and committ myself to Spiritual Warfare. However this activity has changed now that I am married with 3 small kids.

    Although I still committ myself to prayer for those ‘pagans’ that celebrate thier festival.

    I think that a Christian should be aware of the darker side of the halloween festival and understand the history of halloween.

    Yet for those of us with kids we should make All Hallows, Halloween, a time of fun and read to them about Jesus from our Holy Bibles.

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