Okay, I have something to admit. I have a hard time seeing what all the Christian ‘fuss’ is about Halloween. Maybe it’s because I grew up with the holiday. Maybe it’s because I think parents should take responsibility for teaching their children about good and evil and not blame it on the world. Maybe it’s because I’m “blind” to what is really going on with the day. I don’t know. I do know, however, that I have a hard time working up the motivation to get in a tizzy about something as silly as this holiday. Sure, it is a time for scary things to happen. Sure there are costumes that I wouldn’t dress up in (or allow any children to dress up in–there’s nothing attractive about a ‘prostitot” as Tim calls them). But still, do I think there is anything WRONG with taking your children trick or treating? What’s wrong with carving a funny face into a pumpkin and sticking a candle inside?
Maybe it’s one of those areas where I just haven’t ‘grown’ enough as a Christian. Maybe I’m too worldly – I don’t know. I just know that no, I don’t think we should glorify Satan or the work he is doing in this world. I don’t think celebrating evil and worshiping demonic anything is right. But, I really do think that a holiday, any holiday, is what you make it. If you choose to teach your children that Halloween is a time to celebrate evil, then yes, I think that’s wrong. But, if you teach your children about the power of imagination and make-believe and make sure God remains a part of everything you do, I can’t see the harm in your child dressing up like a duck, a clown, or whatever. Steer away from the violent, the demeaning, and the vile.
I dressed up for Halloween every year as a child (and had some kick-butt costumes, to boot) and I am no worse for the experience.
I don’t know. I guess I just feel that with all the big issues in the world, this is an awful small one for Christians to freak out about so much.