In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
I didn’t grow up in a christian home. I celebrated Halloween like all the other kids, and thought nothing of it. All I knew is that I got to dress up and collect a bunch of candy! Seems innocent enough.
I remember going by certain houses and they had their lights completely turned off. No decoration or sign of life; nothing. Everyone said they were Christians and they don’t believe in celebrating Halloween. We simply didn’t go to those houses because we didn’t feel invited, and we were nervous to even knock on the door for fear of condemnation really.
Now that I am older and I have found Jesus, I often wonder, should I, or should I not take any part in Halloween? I love seeing little children come to the door all dressed up in their favorite characters and just having fun. I love giving candy to them. Giving is good isn’t it?
There are a lot of different articles that you can read about the history of how Halloween came to be. There was at one time a Catholic aspect called all saints day, in which people would go to different homes with a lantern and pray for the souls of the dead that were in purgatory in order to save them. There are Celtic story’s of how this day came to be. The word “Trick or treat” actually has a deeper meaning than you might think. It was believed that souls of the dead, and demons roamed the earth on October 31st. So as part of a pagan ritual people would dress up as ghosts and demons as a trick so that if the demons saw them they would think they were one of them and leave them be. They would then dance around a fire and receive treats to appease the evil spirits.
In any case it would seem that we have modernized it and dressed it up to a point where we have no idea what it is we are really celebrating or associating with. We have made it what we want it to be. People still dress in scary costumes and some dress in nice costumes. So, we may have modernized it, but the day hasn’t completely lost the idea of fear, and death. Jesus is the only way to salvation, and his perfect love casts out fear. The fact that Innocent children are the majority of the ones that take part in this makes me question it even more.
It is very much a spiritual event, and the devil loves to try and use that day to cause chaos. We must protect the children, from such evils with prayer. I remember lots of fights ensuing on Halloween when I was a kid, I even got hit with a large goose egg once. Pranks are pulled, and a lot of evil things are being done behind the scenes for people involved in the occult that we do not see. We must pray against these things. The bible says to abstain from all appearances of evil.
Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
I prayed about it this year, because I had taken part many years past. I decorated to the nines, and had treat bags prepared etc. But I just wanted to be sure I was right with God, and I feel that He wanted me to see something. The Lord spoke to me in a very clear way and said, BE A LIGHT.
Therefore do not be partners with them. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:7-14
I mean everyone has their own conviction in regard to Halloween, but I think what the Lord is trying to say, is that we should avoid and pray against evil things, but we shouldn’t necessarily cower and hide from them. In a sense it’s like were letting the enemy take control when we have authority in Jesus Christ against all of these things. We are letting the darkness take over, when we should be a light in the darkness. While we don’t have to get involved, perhaps we should be getting involved in a different way.
Turn on your porch light and be ready with prayer, have the best candy to hand out! We still need to be givers, and Christians are supposed to be the best givers. Keep your decorations limited to things that don’t represent death, but that represent life. Who knows who you might come across that you might be able to witness to. If you hide in the dark on Halloween, people will never see light. Maybe there are neighbors you have not yet met that God wants to introduce you to. We must also use wisdom too; if God has spoken to you to sit out on Halloween then certainly do so, there could be something dangerous going on that God wants to protect you from. Perhaps your church is putting on a get together for the kids so they can safely enjoy their evening in the Lord. Those neighbors you come across may have children that would enjoy a safer environment on a night like this.
So, I decided I wasn’t going to sit in the house with the lights off. I asked God what could I do to be a light this Halloween. He gave me the idea to print out coloring pages for the kids to put in with my treat bags, with a bible verse about letting your light shine. Now wouldn’t that make the devil mad! Let’s take back October 31st! Everyday is for Jesus, the devil has no claim on any day.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Amen?
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12