Forum: Christians, Halloween & Kids

Few issues are as sticky in Christian Churches as Halloween.  This year Halloween 2008 falls on Friday night. Should we just find the best Halloween crafts and Halloween recipes and throw an outreach party? Or is the history of Halloween too involved in witchcraft?

I want to hear your ideas about Halloween. Is it really Devil’s day? Is it something we should use to reach children for Christ? What is your church planning this year?

If you have some solid Halloween ideas, or links to Halloween coloring pages, leave them in the comments below.


Comments

  1. Sherri says

    Our 4 year old told his unsaved Dad, (who, as I mentioned above, loves Halloween) that we are supposed to celebrate the light and Jesus, that we are not supposed to celebrate Satan and scary things. If this is not The Lord working, I don’t know what to call it. For what 4 year old has the courage to stand up to an adult and tell them about Jesus when the focus of candy and costumes is in sight? “Be still and know that I am God”

  2. Sherri says

    I think I just figured out how I feel about this controversial holiday. Thanks to you :) our 4 year old has been telling his dad how we are supposed to be celebrating the light and how we are supposed to be different from the world, and not glorify Satan. This floored my husband and I. If that isn’t The Lord working then I don’t know what else to call it. Where else does a 4 yr old get the courage to tell his unsaved father about Jesus Instead of glorying in candy and costumes? “Be still and know that I am God”

  3. Angela says

    Thank you for the wealth of information. As a Sunday school teacher, it helps to show the alternatives to celebrating Halloween/Hallow’s Eve.
    I expereinced demonic manifestations when I was younger and had many fears for years with the pagan holiday and seeing the hideous costumes and hollywood movies that produced horrific, hellish stories that are more real than pretend. It is a day to glorify the enemies kingdom and how the dead are tortured there now.
    Yes! be a light that night and if you are a mature christian to go out that holiday be covered in prayer and protection and shine
    brightly and be separat. Just like Jesus was reaching out to sinners, but separate from sin.

  4. shirleydaughteroftheking says

    October 31st= “This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”(Psalm 118:23) This day does not belong to satan, it belongs to our Creator, the Word of God, Jesus Christ. (John 1:1,14) Make the best of this day and “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Christains should represent light, so don’t dress as darkness. Go out and spread light, on what satan would have as a dark day.

  5. Viviana says

    What about to celebrate and teach our children about the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther that take place in that day instead of Halloween?

  6. Stephanie Maynard says

    Halloween is not the “Devil’s Day” it is a very old holiday that used to be called All Hallow’s Eve, the day before All Saint’s Day. Jack O Lanterns were originally thought to scare away evil things and people would dress up in frightening costumes to fool any evil things that walked the Earth into thinking they were one of them so that families and their children would not be harmed. Those were the origins and the original superstitions. Does it have roots in pagan holidays? Yes, but frankly, so do Easter and Christmas, the dates of both were changed by the church to overlap and replace the pagan winter and spring holidays (Jesus was most likely born in Summer) and bunnies, eggs, Christmas trees and yule logs and a myriad of other symbols all have pagan origins before they were adopted by the church. The evil and the “devil” is what you make of it. Our church usually does a “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” with children going around and asking for spare change for charity instead of candy. Besides, how can answering the door for a three-year-old Princess or a five-year old Lion and giving generously and greeting them with a smile be evil? Really now. Open mind and open hearts is far more Christ-like.

    • PATRICIA says

      I agree with what you said to include this is also a good way to meet the neighbor’s in your neighborhood. It so hard due to daily commitments to meet and know your neighbors.

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