"Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good." Rom 12:21 NLT
Halloween is big business. According to the National Retail Federation, "Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday, with Christmas being the first." Halloween spending is expected to reach $8 billion this year. Halloween is too big to ignore, and nearly impossible to boycott. And it's not going to go away as long as businesses continue to reap huge profits from its observance.
Many people who celebrate Halloween, have no idea about its pagan roots; or for that matter, its Christian connection. To them, Halloween simply represents a fun time for kids as well as grown ups. This is not to suggest that there isn't a counter-culture somewhere that worships the darker side of Halloween. Generally speaking though, they're not the ones who come knocking at your door asking for treats.
Nevertheless, Halloween remains a controversial topic for Christians resulting in vigorous debates over Halloween's perceived negativity and whether or not they ought to partake in this holiday. A Gallup Poll survey found that Christians are divided over religious objections to Halloween. Some Christian groups offer a compromise by hosting counter celebrations that capture the flavor of the holiday but eschew the spirit. Others choose to avoid Halloween altogether. But what purpose does it serve other than to isolate and cut-off Christians even further from a potential pool of converts.
The biggest trick played on Halloween is Christian kids and adults being bottled up inside churches or homes all night. That’s right! Hiding from the devil in the family life center and surrendering the neighborhood to little Ghouls, goblins, and witches is a victory for old Beelzebub. He’s got the church right where he wants it: inside the four walls, hunkered down behind the stained glass. ---Andy Freeman, The Enemy's Victory
There must be a better way. While Halloween in no way deserves the same reverential treatment Christians give to Christmas and Easter, it does provide opportunities that are unique to this holiday. For example, Halloween gives Christians an opportunity to engage with non-Christians---literally, right on their doorstep. But if some Christians can't see beyond the costumed ghosts, goblins and witches that show up, they will miss the opportunity to shine "light" in a dark world.
Are some Christians trying to remove themselves from the world? Ignoring Halloween or celebrating it with believers only is not exactly an evangelical approach. Aren't we supposed to "become all things to all men so that by all possible means" we might save some? (1 Corinthians 9:22) Halloween brings our neighbors out into the streets. I can think of various creative ways to seize this opportunity for developing new relationships and sharing my faith. ---Mary Fairchild, Christians and Halloween
Perhaps it's time the Christian community developed a new strategy toward Halloween, one that goes beyond avoidance and isolation to focusing instead on an active pursuit of the gospel every day. When was the last time you told somebody about Christ?
Christians should use Halloween and all that it brings to the imagination--death imagery, superstition, expressions of debauched revelry--as an opportunity to engage the unbelieving world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. ---Travis Allen, Grace to You
It may mean keeping your door open for Halloweeners, handing out candy and sharing the love of Christ with your neighbors. Pastor Terry Long of Calvary Chapel in Salt Lake City, UT believes the church should turn Halloween into something good. "Instead of cursing the darkness just turn on the light," Long says. In other words, re-purpose Halloween by transforming it into an opportunity to let your light shine even brighter for Jesus. For witnessing Christians, that shouldn't be hard to do. This is the light that penetrates the darkness.
God commands his people to put on the shoes of the gospel of peace daily. Christians are to have evangelism on their minds every day and they are to look for opportunities to witness of Jesus Christ to a dark world every day.---Leftbehind.com
This year some of my christian friends are dressing up as angels and giving out sweets and chocolates (rather than asking for them) with inspirational bible verses attached to each. They will also be singing christian worship songs.----annonymous
When I was a child growing up in the 50’s, I never heard much public objection about Halloween being something evil. Like most kids in the neighborhood, I went door-to-door with my shopping bag “trick or treating” expecting only good to come of it. Hours later I’d come home loaded down with all kinds of goodies courtesy of kind and generous neighbors. Back then, it was all about the candy. For many kids today, it's still about the candy, but so much more is at stake. Halloween is also about reaching out to all the men, women and children who may never have another chance to hear the gospel unless they hear it from you.
They overcame him [the devil] because the Lamb gave his life’s blood for them.
They overcame him [the devil] by giving witness about Jesus to others.
They were willing to risk their lives, even if it led to death. --- Revelation 12:11