What about Halloween?

This is a guest post by Reggie Joiner as part of Orange Week. Orange is a strategy of bringing the church (yellow) and families (red) together to reach the next generation. If you’re new to Orange, you should click here to learn more.

What About Halloween?

Here are a few stats about Halloween:

  • An estimated 47 percent of household consumers decorate for Halloween.
  • Halloween is second only to Christmas in the volume of decorations sold.
  • Over 790 million pounds of jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkin pies will be bought.
  • Candy sales will exceed $2 billion.
  • More than 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating every year. (I wonder how many of those families go to your church?)

Most families love Halloween. Right or wrong, there is something about October 31 that stirs the imagination of children and engages the hearts of parents.

Watch your neighborhood closely today.
Listen to the laughter.
Take a look at the generosity.
Taste the sugar.
Feel the energy.
See the glow in the children’s eyes.
Notice the parents walking with their kids.
And observe how families connect with other families.
It seems kind of … magical.

Why can’t church be more like that? Why can’t the church create the kind of atmosphere for the family that captures their imagination and incites a relational revival in the home? It can, if you think Orange.

Halloween Orange!

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Comments

  1. Matt says

    Not sure how a Halloween alternative like Hallelujah Night, Trunk & Treat, or harvest party could be wrong. Jesus gave himself for sinners. I’m pretty sure He’s okay with His church being involved in the community. Satanic and demonic things happen every day, it’s just more evident one day a year. For instance, Satan is very much a part of Christmas, and yet I’ll never see Christians argue against celebrating that. Instead of focusing on Satan, how about let’s focus on the fact that Jesus was born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, was buried three days, was resurrected by the power of the Spirit, ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father where He now enjoys all authority in heaven and on earth. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing Satan can do at this point to change that, so let’s exert our influence in the world as His ambassadors and be involved in our communities, on Halloween and every other day.

  2. michelle says

    I don’t think it is a good idea… if you think about it.. what you just explain does sound magical… but do you think the devil would make something look really horrible to make you fall into his trap? NO he makes it look fun and interesting. Then you think everything is okay. How do you know people don’t get poison by the candies. Last year they found about 388 cases of CHILDREN getting poisoned by Halloween candies just in one city. Imagine how many cases in the US. What if that was your child. What would you do. Wouldn’t you regret it? Also, if you know that witchcraft exist… they found 189 body sacrificed by witches that they just go around stealing kids and adult and sacrificing them to the devil.. just think if that was you… you have to look deep to find answers… its not just how it looks from the outside..

  3. Abigail says

    i agree with those who are against the celebration of halloween. The bible says that in the last days, the apostasy will be IN the churches. Being part of this type of celebration makes us like the WORLD when Jesus said to be the light of the world, that shines in the darkness, being like the rest does not show a difference amongst us. Instead of us converting them to Christ and showing them that we are different thanks to our Saviour, we are showing them than we want to be like them. OF COURSE halloween is appealing and fun, the devils always tries to pull our strings with things that catch our attention. Noo maybe Satan does not care what costume kids are wearing and how many candies they get, but is GLAD that these kids are being taught wrong and that they are celebrating a day he created. Do not let the worlds “fun” things ruin our connection with God and opaque our light. Let our difference show with pride and happiness of the change God made in our lifes on that special. Satan is slick and smart and wants to confuse us and take us with the most simplest and “innocent” things. Lets be strong and know where we stand as Jesus followers.

  4. Jenny says

    I don’t believe Satan gains any pleasure in seeing young children dress us as princesses and power rangers and families getting out and seeing their neighbors one day a year. I do think he gains a lot of pleasure from the sometimes bitter division between believers over whether or not Halloween is acceptable. I think anything the church or individuals can do to fight that division is awesome! Beyond that I think we each need to pray over the issue and be convinced in our own mind. People in our world, in our neighborhood, are hungry – both physically and spiritually! Let’s feed them and love them and love each other!

  5. Julie says

    @Natalie H. I think you did a great job of explaning how Christ would want us spread the gospel.

  6. Natalie Hoskins says

    I agree with you post 8- it is a dangerous time to be close-minded. Christians need to seen and heard on Halloween- reaching out to the lost and showing the true light of Jesus. A small church near my home did a trunk or treat- no scary or demonic decoration- yes, they passed out candy, but they also gathered with families and prayed, invited people inside, and shared the truth of Christ. We have to remember, these parents and children celebrate Halloween as an innocent, fun tradition- most are not aware of what it has derived from in the past and most do not know scripture. What a great opportunity for us to plant seeds in our neighborhoods and minister to families, teens, and children. What a crucial time for us to share the light of Jesus in all the darkness. John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

  7. says

    In response to posts 3-6. What was Jesus called? The friend of religious people who stayed within the walls of the church?

    No…He was called the friend of sinners. He hung out with lost people and went to where they were. He engaged them in their culture.

    It’s an extreme response to look down on or criticize ministries that see Oct.31 as a time to reach out to a lost and dying world. If God leads some churches to reach out during this time, then let them follow God’s plan for their local congregation. If he doesn’t lead you to use Oct.31, then that’s okay too.

    As far as learning from the culture. I disagree. We are missionaries to our culture. Just as a missionary in another country takes time to learn the language, customs, and practices..so we can learn from kid culture and use it as a tool to effectively connect with the people in that culture. That may look different depending on what part of the country or world you live in.

    • Kristie says

      I really liked reading your comment (and the other comments as well). But yours is the one that helped me decide how I feel about Halloween

  8. says

    I don’t think the writer was supporting any of the negative stuff about Halloween. But we should be asking why people find it so appealing.

  9. y figue says

    cant believe some “christian” people pretend there’s nothing wrong with halloween!! nothing good can come out of it no matter hoe “inocent” it may seem!

  10. yy says

    i agree with the previous 2 posts!! why try to ‘learn’ something from halloween??!! nothing good comes out of that sort of celebration! have u looked into the true meaning of halloween?! we need to wake up! this is a spiritual battle we are fighting we aint looking for ‘entertainment’ for our kids…we need to show them God’s light, that’s the only one that can make them truly shine..we need to show them is good to be different, is good to be like HIM not like the world!

  11. Paola says

    I’m really up set about “What can your church learn from halloween”. I live in Italy in an area full of the occult and we are fighting against halloween with all our strength. The Lord Jesus came, and died on the cross, to break the bondage of Satan and we do not have anything to learn from him.
    I’m new to this page and I don’t like very much what I see.

    • Jennifer says

      I agree with Paola and the others about NOT celebrating Halloween. This is a trap from Satan to captivate the minds of our children. It’s a spiritual battle and we need to pray and intercede. We can do other “fun” activities during the year to preach the gospel to children and their families (Vacation bible school, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter). We need to stop imitating the World and follow the Word of God. Halloween represents the darkness and evil things.

      Matthew 5:14-16
      “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

      Blessings :)

  12. Shelleann Ramkissoon says

    Why do we have to learn from the secular world (halloween)? Let them learn from us!!! There is too much compromise in the church of Jesus Christ.
    Of course the children look happy…blah blah. The church can be like that, but we’re in a battle for God’s sakes, nothing will ever be easy for us. That’s why we constantly have to search ourselves and repent of those things that do not conform to HIS image and continue the good fight of faith.

  13. Douglas Wilkinson says

    One year, our youth worker arranged an extremely good “Pumpkin Party” – lots of well manned games and prizes, etc. DBW

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