Just by looking at the title I know a lot of Christians would yell out blasphemy. It’s the devil's birthday! It’s an evil holiday! It’s full of nothing but dead things like: ghost, skeletons, witchcraft, etc. Anybody that celebrates this holiday is committing a sin! Oh Christians! We’re so quick to throw shade. Here me out though! I personally have never celebrated Halloween a day in my life. I grew up in a Christian home where that was one of the things that was not tolerated—along with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, The Simpsons, BET, Harry Potter, etc. Every year when Halloween came around our porch lights were always off. When people rang the doorbell we wouldn’t even bother to see who it was. Some years we went out to a Christian event that would have food and games. One year my Dad put a poster sign outside that read, “No Tricks. No Treats. Just Jesus, Lord of the Harvest,” and passed out pamphlets about Jesus. Back then I felt so left out. All my friends would ask me what I would be dressing up as, and I would give them the same response every year—nothing. They would be on the bus the next morning talking about the great adventures that they had and how much candy the neighbors had given them. I would just be silent. As I got older I stopped caring about it. It wasn’t until a year ago that I started questioning why Christians don’t participate in it. I’m very inquisitive and tend to have an open mind on areas that aren’t necessarily mentioned in the Bible. I know I’ve been taught that Halloween is wrong to celebrate but what exactly is the harm in participating it? As I really thought about it, I didn’t really see any harm in it at all. In fact I saw a lot of harm in not participating in it.
Jesus’s ministry was based off of two commands. The first being to love the Lord with everything you have, and the second being to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). One of the last commands Jesus told his disciples was to go and make more disciples (Matt 28:19). He also called us to be the light of this world (Matt 5:14-16). Of all the holidays that happen throughout the year, Halloween is the only one that involves neighbors. How often do you speak to your neighbors? Do you even know their name? Would you even be able to recognize any of them outside of your neighborhood? Probably not, but there’s good news. No matter how bad of a neighbor you have been, Halloween is the one day out the year that people from all over choose to come to your doorstep. It’s the one day that you don’t necessarily have to “go” and make disciples. Disciples are basically given to you, you just have to be a light! How can you be a light if you choose to keep your porch light off? How can you make disciples if you don’t even attempt to have relationships with the people in your community? What other opportunity out the year are you going to be able to interact with your neighbors? You’re just going to keep driving past their house everyday like you always do. And before you know it the opportunity closes. Those neighbors end up moving away or passing away. Now I know that might sound extremely dramatic, but that’s exactly how life operates. Something as simple as opening your doors on Halloween can end up being a life-changing moment for many people.
A lot of people will state that we shouldn’t partake in things of the world (Romans 12:2). I totally agree with that scripture, but I also agree that we need to meet people where they are just like Christ met us where we once were. Most people aren’t gonna want to go to a Harvest Festival that you invite them to. Most people are gonna frown at a poster that is degrading an activity that they participate in. Most people are gonna turn their nose up when they see your porch lights off. We should meet the people where they are. Yes a lot of the activities that happen on Halloween are evil, but that doesn’t mean we have to go and hide. That just means we have to be a light, which shines in the darkness (John 1:5). Besides there’s just as much evil in this world on the 31st of October as there is on the 8th of June. So why not go out and buy the King size KitKat’s and pass them out to the trick-or-treaters, along with flyers from your church? Why not open your door and share a word of encouragement along with some cupcakes? Why not start a small conversation and exchange numbers with your neighbor? With us being so legalistic we often miss the whole point of being a follower of Christ—to have a relationship with him. Just as Christ longed to have a relationship with us, we should long to have relationships with people. It’s by showing love that relationships are built on. It’s through these relationships that Christ’s glory can be revealed. It’s by doing a simple act of kindness on a day where many view as evil, that it all can begin.
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