We all know that "Halloween" has dark roots, and just seeing that it is celebrated with skulls, witches, mummies, and vampires tells us it is a celebration of darkness.  The question then arises: Is it wrong to get involved in the festivities of Halloween or the Day of the Dead? I want to present a different way of looking at Halloween:  We may reject it, receive it or redeem it.

Rejecting it

 This is an option that you can consider.  There are many Christians who say "Halloween is from the devil and I want nothing to do with it.”  This is a valid position. The Bible says,”what fellowship can light have with darkness?”  (2 Corinthians 6:14)  The answer is, none.  

Receiving it

There are Christians who receive Halloween with no problem, their sons dress up as the "chupacabras" and their daughters as "lucifer," and their mentality is that there is nothing wrong with it. I do not think this is right and I definitely don’t think that we should receive it in this manner.

The third option is where I want to focus.  As Christians, the option exists to not reject it or receive it, but to redeem it.

Redeem it

This means that there have to be some changes; in other words, we cannot accept it in the same manner as the culture does. We should not rejoice in darkness nor should we love death, but I think we can redeem Halloween and use it for the glory of God. Many of the holidays we have (Christmas and Easter) have pagan roots but they have been redeemed and now we celebrate Christ in those days.

How can we redeem it?

Celebrating the fact that God saved us from death, hell, and the His wrath. If we are going to wear costumes, we can do it in a way that celebrates the light of Christ (for children this can be angels and biblical characters, including superheroes and princesses. These things do not exalt the darkness.)

We can practice generosity. You can tell the kids that come to your neighborhoods that Jesus loves them and give them lots of candy. The worst thing you can do is tell kids “You look ugly dressed up as Dracula!” or “I'm not giving you anything because I am a Christian!”  Better to tell them that Jesus has already saved them from darkness and be generous. It is also a good opportunity to have alternative Halloween events where kids can dress up, play games, and get candy without having to be part of something as negative as Halloween.

My concern is that those who reject Halloween judge those who are trying to redeem it, saying " Oh what pagans!" and those redeeming Halloween belittle those who reject it by, saying "Oh how legalistic!"

Let’s be clear, Halloween itself celebrates death, but this 31 of October let’s celebrate the life that there is in Christ.  If you want to celebrate it in your room praying alone and reading the Bible, do it, and if you want to celebrate it by dressing up and eating sweets for the glory of God, go ahead.

Jonathan Domingo


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