The supernatural has become an increasingly popular topic in books, movies, and TV shows. But the late evangelist Billy Graham reminds us that the Bible very clearly warns against the occult and witchcraft.
Halloween is one of the more controversial topics among Christians. Some believers feel its wrong to participate in anything Halloween-related. Other Christians believe its okay to participate, so long as certain boundary lines arent crossed. For some families, those boundary lines mean not trick-or-treating and only attending church carnivals. Other families choose to sit the holiday out completely, while still others find it okay to dress upso long as the costumes arent scary or fear-promoting.
The important element to remember is not to judge other families, talk negatively about them behind their backs, or mock their choices. Halloween can be dark enough without adding division to the body of Christ. Choose whats best for your family from your convictions and move forward in faith.
Wherever your family falls on the spectrum, here are 6 of the many opportunities to be a light in the darkness this Halloween!
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It’s important that Christians understand the traditions they participate in, know what the Bible has to say, and approach every holiday and cultural practice with prayer and discernment. Knowing a bit of the history of Halloween can be an important step in that process.
You don't have to give out candy to be a safe home for the kids in the neighborhood. Halloween is a day that invites mischief. Kids need to know there is a safe home in the neighborhood they can go to if they're being harassed, bullied, or otherwise feel unsafe by those around them.
Books provide a bottomless well of ideas for costumes. Help your child understand the character and choose a few simple props to demonstrate the concept. Headwear, facial hair, and makeup turn a basic outfit into a costume that people will recognize. Pick a line your character might say and practice it for trick-or-treat night.
We needed an answer to this question and wanted to make sure we were doing this in a way that refrained from judging those who do participate in spooky Halloween traditions but also asking God how we can glorify and honor Him in this situation.
If you love Halloween and have fun with it each year, keep teaching your children that all choices, representations, and attitudes should honor the Lord and fall in line with your convictions. If you're anti-Halloween, there is the obvious, but then there are also the elements of honoring and glorifying the Lord in how we respond to others' opinions with whom we may vehemently disagree.
Why is there a massive industry dedicated to the production of fear for pleasure? Scary movies, haunted houses on Halloween, and horror novels combine to make a multibillion dollar economic powerhouse. How should Christians engage in and process this phenomenon?
To keep costumes family-friendly, we’ll all need to dive into our creative mindsets—and probably raid the old junk closet for extra supplies. You’ll need some craft supplies too. Glue gun, duct tape, Post-It notes, and some other such items.