For the newer Christian family whose children have already experienced Halloween in the past this is a tough question and for children who have never experienced Halloween but who are watching other kids getting really excited as Halloween season approaches, this is a tough question. How do you tell your children who have already experienced the whole hyped up hoopla of Halloween that they are not going out this year or any year again for that matter? After them having experienced the excitement in years gone past of getting to choose what character they will dress up as, hearing the timeless ghost stories people tell, or after having attended Halloween parties? But most of all after having experienced getting pillow cases full of candy? Good questions but ones that need to be addressed.
For that Christian parent who is struggling with that question "what to do about Halloween", I hope to encourage you and to give you some advice on this. One of the hardest things for some parents to do is to say "no" to their child without being plagued with extreme bouts of guilt. But there are some things we as a parent and we as a Christian need to do to establish rules and set healthy boundaries for our children in that their life will be more blessed than cursed and Halloween is one that needs to be set. A newer Christian may not see the harm in Halloween which can add to this problem, (which is why I would suggest that Christian parent's read the history of halloween to get a good understanding of what Halloween is all about) but believe me halloween holds alot of pagan practices and spiritual darkness. Halloween or All Hallows' Eve, was originally a festival of fire for the dead and the powers of darkness. Did you know that October 31st is the most important day in the satanic year for it is known as the devil's birthday. It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of their growing season and became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics would call up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits. * The history of Halloween can be seen by clicking on that link on the bottom of this page.* But my child is not celebrating the dead they are just going out for candy! This is an arguement I have heard many times and one I have had with myself but to participate in Halloween is a form of agreement to it and agreement holds consequence. As one grows in the knowledge for the things of God they begin to realize those consequences and that the things we do either validates God in this world, or validates satan. What we come in agreement with or even appear to be either opens doors for satan to work in our life, or God. No our children will not become possessed of the devil by going out for Halloween but by letting them participate we are validating what Halloween represented to the pagans who created it and validating this day to satanist and occult members around the world. Halloween is a sanctified day of darkness to many people and by participating we not only lend agreement to their cause but spiritual empowerment. God gave us power over the devil through Jesus Christ to refute the ways of the devil but by celebrating Halloween we lose a portion of that God given power and release it to satan. As a Christian we should be looking for ways to eliminate this day, not endorse it. We are to be about the work of subduing the devil and preparing the world for Christ's return and we are not going to subdue the devil when we keep validating him and giving away our power to him. I have said it before and will say it again, God is real and so is satan. God has an agenda to benefit our lives and satan has an agenda to destroy it and if we want to be called a Christian we need to be about God's business not the devils. What to do about Halloween regarding our children? Here is a couple of suggestions. One thing I agree with and see the importance of is the need to be tactful in how we take Halloween away from our children. We don't want to strongarm our children into giving up Halloween but rather we want to include them in the process. You would be surprised how quickly a child will give up Halloween if you give them some choice in the matter. Here is what I would suggest. 1- Sit the kids down and just explain to them how mommy and daddy have just realized how yucky Halloween is and that we don't like what it represents and don't want to participate in it any more. 2- Share a bit about the history of Halloween so as to inform them and also to include them in the process. What you would tell them would depend on how old they are. You would want to gear the information by what they are ready to understand. 3- Then I would offer them an alternative. We don't want to compromise our selves nor compete with Halloween but for the sake of the kids in that we don't make them bitter and to help eliminate Halloween we suggest to the children that we have a family day instead and offer them suggestions as to what they could do on this day. At this point you may be surprised at how excited your kids will get as to this new idea. I would make several suggestions to the kids as to what we could do as a family and emphasize that it is their decision, or their vote and tell them that in or around the month of October, (they can pick the day) that we will have our family day. What we could suggest? We could suggest a family supper at Pizza Hut, or night out at the Movie Theatre to see the latest movie. We could suggest renting some movies for the family to watch and letting them have a couple of their best friends over. (Or each child could have 1 friend). Whatever your budget can afford but make that effort to follow through with this plan each and every year. It is a great idea to have a family night anyway and it just might catch on with other families, Christian or not.