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.

  7. Lisa says

    I most definitely agree with Sherita’s comment. The bible says stay away from the appearance of evil. We can either be a “hearer” of the word or a “doer” of the word. Its unfortunate to see “believers” justify participation in Halloween.

  8. Lisa says

    I think many people have a misconception about what Halloween represents — at least what it originally represented. It is one of the oldest holidays, having been celebrated in some form or another since medievel times. It was actually originally a religious holiday. It was “All-hallow’s Eve”, the night before “All Saint’s Day”. It was a part of the celebration of harvest. The costumes and bonfires where meant to frighten away the evil spirits not a celebration of them. It is only modern society, largely with the help of Hollywood movies, that has glorified the evil aspect of the holiday. If taught in the right context, I don’t see why this holiday which plays a large part in our history can’t still be celebrated by our children.

  9. shontina green says

    I agree with several of you, but what sticks out in my mind is the fact that in everything thats negative can be turned around into something positive. Take a look at Christmas: what in the world does christmas trees and toys have to do with it. I teach my kids the real meaning of christmas, and I participate by getting a tree and buying them toys and giving gifts. It all about His birth, but it has been taken out of context. So has Easter. When you look at Halloween from what I have research it didn’t start out evil, but once again society has taking it out of context. I know you may say, yeah, but nothing evil comes out of christmas. But wait a minute, people committ suicide around christmas, depression sets in; children are sad; and so on. We know that there are many parents who allow their kids to dress up and go out and trick or treat. If we know this, then why dont we help the situation, and have something to get them off the streets. And of course make it all about Jesus.

  10. Kelli says

    Kids are not celebrating the devil on Halloween. It may have originated from the devil but as always God makes something bad into something good. Halloween is a HUGE outreach to your community as a Christian. I see these people in our community once a year, and let the light inside of me shine. Conversations take place, seeds are sowed. If all the Christians are no where to be found on Halloween in our community, then the enemy wins. You never know what soul will cross your path on any given day, and this includes Halloween.

  11. Mrs. Swaney says

    Well it sounds good except we’re trying to make something out of what’s not. This is what I told a child once, I personally don’t celebrate that holiday, however churches all around are doing Harvest Festival, to me this is just another way to invite the enemy in your territory unwillingly.
    Biblically speaking the way we do it isn’t of the Bible. Where are the fruits and the grains of the Harvest Festival to the Lord.?
    We can wear a nice costume, but it still a bad party.

  12. Lynda says

    In Utah, Halloween is celebrated bigger than Christmas! To combat the prevalent culture when my children were young, I made/purchased great costumes (not Halloween costumes) & let them wear them throughout the year, which served to deemphasize Halloween & separate real from pretend. We also had fall child-evangelism parties to spread the good news of God’s Love, & 2 Tim 1:7 as we passed out candy and tracts. We did another activity during Halloween, (if we weren’t passing out candy/tracts), & then we bought all the candy they wanted (I’m talking grocery bag sizes) at 75% off, which meant the reward was great from standing up for what is right, sharing the gospel and honoring God. It was a learning curve to find the best way for us to honor Jesus. Now that they’re grown, we stand outside haunted houses, pass out tracts/share the gospel, and pray for those that desperately need Jesus.:)

  13. Cyndi says

    Our church does a Harvest Party every year. The last few years we’ve used Group material to give it a biblical theme. I write a booklet that the kids take to the different games and get stickers. When they are finished, they have a booklet to take home that tells the stories behind the games they played. This year the theme is “The Great Tomb Raid” with the emphases on Jesus’ life. It should be lots of fun.

    • says

      Cyndi, I don’t know if you will get this as it has been so long since you posted this, but how did it go? We have done Hero’s Unmasked and Slime Time. DId you like The Great Tomb Raid? Was it effective? We see about 115 families come through our door each Halloween and want to make a difference in their lives. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Cyndi, Our church is having a Harvest party on the 26th of October (2013). I love idea of the Great Tomb Raid. I would love to hear more about it. What games did you use to support your theme? I would love to hear about your sticker book, too. Thanks, Susan

  14. says

    We have a Trunk or Treat at our church. We probably touch both ends of the spectrum, with those that don’t touch Halloween with a 40 foot pole and those who have never thought twice about it. I am the Associate Pastor if our church. My personal feelings, as well as those in the top committees of our church, feel it’s a great opportunity to be visible to our community.

    In the Keys, there is one road that connects everything. We are off of the Northbound lane. Everyone who wants to go somewhere will eventually go by the church. We will have live music (our Praise Band), a fire pit for s’mores, corndogs and lots of goodies to hand out. We even had a lady last year who dressed up like a Bible character and told the children Bible stories. We make it like a small fair where families can get off the street and away from the haunted houses (lots of people do this to their homes here), and get a dose of pure Love with no strings attached.

    It may not be for everyone, but I have seen God bless our people, as well as the families that stop and visit.

  15. Linda says

    Get a large pumpkin & as you’re cleaning it out talk about how God cleans out all the yuckie stuff in us. You can name sins like lying, being mean, not obeying parents. As you cut out a face keep talking about Jesus & how he frees us from sin. Put a candle in the pumpkin & let the light of Jesus shine through.

  16. Chelsey says

    This is something I will be doing with my children.
    Halloween can be fun, and Christ based. Dress up (appropriately) and join in with the rest of society. You do it every single day. TRUST ME, your kids are hearing and seeing more evil in a regular day of school and television than they will on this day! We as parents look to far into it. They want to go out and get candy. period. They want to dress up and pretend for a day. Mine do it that almost daily. So why not let them join with their friends but instead of scary, turn it spiritual. give out candy with a bible verse on it. Or instead of ‘Trick or Treat’ say “Jesus loves you!”

    http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/mpatterns.htm

    • Sherita says

      I agree with you that our children see and hear evil on a regular day of school and in these cases, we have no choice. We must teach them and ground them in the word as best as possible and cover them in prayer. I do disagree with you on participating with the rest of society in the celebrating of halloween, even if you aren’t dressing goulish and saying “trick or treat”. In this we do have a choice. The reason being, the Bible tells us to flee from the very “appearance” of evil. If you are involved in the activities, then you are participating in the event. Jesus hung out with the sinners, but he didn’t participate in the activities. He preached his Fathers’ word and encouraged sinners to cease from their wordly ways and give their heart to Christ. Just my opinion and conviction.

      • Afua says

        Fleeing from every appearance of evil may be taken out of context in Sherita’s context; ah, we would all become recluses if that were how to inteprete it. Fleeing may be more practical in cases such as bribery and corruption, cuddling and kissing when only engaged etc. I believe seizing any opportunity to share/proclaim the gospel/Christ is the opposite of evil or any “appearance” of it- so long as the emphasis is on sharing the gospel- for Jesus himself said “go into the world” and preach the gospel… .

      • Sherri says

        I really appreciate all of your comments and opinions, and most o all your scriptural verses. I have 2 young children and I struggle with this question always, with little help or guidance, as none of my family growing up thought twice about it. To further complicate it, my kids share a blended home with their unsaved father, whose favourite holiday is Halloween, while my husband and I want to please God. Jesus did hang out with sinners, He was a friend of sinners, but did not abstain from partaking in the world. He himself was holy, yet drank alcohol and plucked grain on the Sabbath…. The Son of Man did not come to condemn, but to seek and to save that which was lost. However can we reach out to people if we hold ourselves above their traditions and celebrations? It gives us a haughty look, like we are better. Should we not, then, be instead teaching precious children how valuable they are to Christ? Build bridges, don’t burn them.
        And ultimately, God knows your heart. If you use Halloween as an outreach, rather than to fulfill your own lusts of the flesh, God knows. If you don’t celebrate it to honour The Lord, God knows. But you could be missing an opportunity with a precious child of God, which as you know, “it would be better if a millstone were hung about your neck and you were drowned in the depths of the sea”. Matthew 18:4-5 ( therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in my name receivesMe.
        Note: it does not say one well dressed perfectly behaved Christian family child… Look under the mask, all sinners have one. I would have been unsaved if someone didn’t look under mine

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