The debate lives on around the subject of Christians and Halloween. Some believers won’t allow their kids to go out trick-or-treating, go to Halloween parties, or do anything that observes the Halloween tradition.
However, there really are no specific mentions of the word “Halloween” in the Bible. The closest reference is in I John 2:15-17, which is often paraphrased as “Be in the world but not of the world.”
Growing Up as Christians and Halloween Observers
My mother was a devout Christian and raised us in a very fundamental Baptist church. The pastor and his family were adamant that Halloween was a pagan holiday, something that devil worshipers observed but that Christians should not.
They didn’t even acknowledge Halloween so their kids were always at home watching other kids in the neighborhood dress up and go trick-or-treating. I always felt bad for them when I was a kid.
My mother, however, had a different opinion on that holiday. So while our church was totally against celebrating Halloween, my mother always made we had our costumes and bags or plastic pumpkins ready to go out and get our candy. She and my father stocked up on the sweet goodies to hand out to the kids when they came knocking.
My mother believed we were in the world but since we weren’t pagans or devil worshipers and didn’t practice any “black magic,” or call upon demons in our house, there was nothing wrong with letting her kids have some fun.
I remember one year at AWANA, not at our regular church but a neighboring one, we had a Halloween party at the church. One of the games was everyone was blindfolded while passing around creepy food items; grapes for eyes and cold, cooked spaghetti as brains. It was a lot of fun!
Christians and Halloween Costumes
I raised my kids the same way. As a Christian, I made sure my kids’ Halloween costumes were modest and fun. Princess costumes for my daughter when she was little; the latest Ninja Turtle costume for my son.
Parents can be really creative and imaginative with Halloween costumes, especially if they’re crafty. My sister-in-law turned her son into a tree one Halloween. I’ve seen some pretty crazy and amazing costumes over the years that have nothing to do with demons and the satanic.
Some middle school kids simply do face painting with mismatched clothing as a costume. Inexpensive, simple and fun so they don’t need to wear a plastic mask.
Over the years, the theme of “witchcraft” died down and instead Halloween and trick-or-treating is a night of fun and seeing if we can outdo last year’s costumes. Some elementary schools still celebrate the holiday with a Halloween parade so kids can show off their costumes.
Some families even dress up their pets in Halloween costumes and take them trick-or-treating for some added laughter!
Adults and Halloween Parties
Kids aren’t the only ones who love having fun. Christians adults can have some good, clean Halloween fun too. Festive goodies that look creepy but taste awesome; costumes that scare or so funny you can’t stop laughing.
Many people love dressing up one night out of the year. It’s like it gives them license to act silly and play some crazy games with their friends.
Be in the World But not of the World
When it comes to Christians and Halloween, I think this is a great way to think about it. Until the Lord returns and takes us home, we do have to live in this world. I don’t think Jesus wants us to hide, especially when Halloween has nothing to do with satanic rituals anymore, but just one night out of the year to dress up and have fun.