Sugar, grim reapers, high fructose corn syrup, scary chainsaw men, red 40, witches, trans fat, and gore…everything I hate. That's why we don’t celebrate Halloween. A Christian friend once told me it was legalistic not to, but I disagree. Legalistic means that you believe you have to follow certain rules to be a Christian, or for God to accept you. I don’t believe that anyone’s going to hell for celebrating Halloween. I understand that for almost everybody it's simply about dressing up and having fun. I just don’t like the emphasis on evil, violence, horror, and candy, and I don’t believe that any of those things glorify Jesus. Halloween is also not a Christian holiday, as many people believe (I used to believe the lie too). It's actually heavily based in the occult and we would not have Halloween today if it weren't for the pre-Christian celtic festival of the dead, known as Samhain. If you’d like to learn about Halloween’s origins here are some good sites:
Samhain- The History of Halloween
Trick or Treat: How Should Parents Respond to Halloween?
A True Story
For me it's not so much about origins. After all, most holidays, including Easter and Christmas, have pagan origins. It's more about how Halloween is celebrated, and what it means today. Halloween is celebrated with all sorts of gory, violent, and horrific decorations, costumes, and films. Satanists, Wiccans, and others involved in the occult hold one of their top holidays on October 31. I would rather use this day to pray for those who have been drawn into the occult, rather than celebrating along with them. Throughout history false religions have been created to take the focus off of the one true God. And I believe that on October 31 every year the devil laughs, because he still has so many deceived.
Some people have asked why we don’t just let our kids pass out treats and interact with the trick-or-treaters who come to our door. Why do we have to turn out the porch lights and go without any Halloween fun? I understand that this seems religious, and I hate that anyone might think of us as "religious people." But for now, while my children are young, I don’t want them to see scary, gory costumes which could plant seeds of fear.
Even if Halloween were simply about pumpkins, apples, corn stalks, and children dressed up in cute costumes, we probably still wouldn't take our kids trick-or-treating because we don’t eat candy. I’m not going to tell my kids that candy every now and then is okay because it’s not. Natural, organic candy every now and then is okay. Anything with artificial ingredients is not. That's also why we don’t go to church events like fall festivals and trunk-or-treating. Churches are the worst about feeding kids junk. However, as time goes by we will probably reconsider this. My naturopath also does not give her children candy but she still takes them trick or treating. When they get home she sets up a store for her kids and they can buy toys and books and other things with their candy. I thought that was a unique little idea. Still, it boggles my mind that we have a day dedicated to candy. My kids would probably be confused too. To them, food is for nourishment. They've never seen candy-obsessed people before.
I'm not saying that there is a right or wrong way to spend your time on Halloween, but I encourage you to research what Halloween actually is and pray that God would give you the wisdom you need to make a decision for you and your family. If you have older children who are already used to trick-or-treating it may be difficult to change your routine. Perhaps you can transition from trick-or-treating to a church event, and then to having a party at home with healthy treats. If you have young children who aren't yet familiar with Halloween, you have a great opportunity to start them off with an alternate tradition.