Christians: What is your view of Halloween?

@jillbeth (2711)
United States
October 1, 2007 7:30am CST
As a Christian person, do you think Halloween is just harmless fun or glorifying evil spirits? I am torn, because we have had a big Halloween party every year in the past. It is also a birthday party for our son and grandson whose birthdays fall a few days before Halloween. This year I think I am going to call it a Fall Harvest Party instead and leave out the witches and other traditional Halloween decor. I know the kids think it is just fun but I am beginning to think that it is not appropriate for Christians to "celebrate" such a holiday.
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@Springlady (3986)
• United States
2 Oct 07
Hi Jill, I'm not a fan of halloween really. I do enjoy seeing the little kids dressed up in costumes and that kind of thing. I don't like the "evil" concept of it. I think it is more of a "holiday" for dress-up in costumes, etc. I love Christmas! God bless!
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
6 Oct 07
Yes, it's fun to see the little ones dressed up. I think teens are too old for trick-or-treat but they do come up with some original costume ideas!
@ash6666 (819)
• India
2 Oct 07
haloween - halowwen
Let it be the christian or any other religion,if we believe in god we should also believe in devil.So the next question arises is as we pray god shall we pray devil too?.It depends on once whole interior thoughts.God is for good and devil is for evil and You have to decide what you are for?
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
6 Oct 07
Amen. Many people believe that celebrating Halloween is glorifying the devil, and many unfortunate people do, but most kids don't understand that. They just want to dress in silly costumes and get lots of candy!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Oct 07
Although that Halloween was to placate the evil spirits by people dressing up in costumes and fooling the former before such demons did harm to others, there is the going to door to door, and playing tricks on people if they do not give them any treats. In some places, I heard they roll down outhouses, and light fires, often setting houses on fire. So it is not that good of a holiday. I rather suspect that the getting candies, apart from the creeps who put needles and LSD in home made goods is not that good anyway. At least, Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ and gift giving can be done to show our thankfulness not being greedy. Anyway being Canadian Reformed, and that also includes other Reformed and Presbyterian beliefs, we celebrate October 31st as Reformed Day because that was when Martin Luther separated from Roman Catholism.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
6 Oct 07
We don't have too much mischief around here, mostly soaped windows. I didn't know about Reformed Day, that is interesting.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
1 Oct 07
You are correct, jillbeth, I prefer to call it a harvest party, and eliminate the witches and stuff. I would like to find something for my 5 year old, might go back to the church we went to last year or find another church, they are usually the ones to put on a harvest party..:)
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
6 Oct 07
Yes, a lot of churches are beginning to have harvest parties as an option to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. As long as the kids get a lot of candy, I doubt they care what it is called!
@THKOhio (330)
• United States
1 Oct 07
I think it depends on where you put the emphasis. We never celebrated anything evil, or allowed any evil or violent costumes or decorations. We look at it as a time to have fun, to go out and spend time with neighbors and friends...and for the children to get some candy and goodies.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Thanks for your opinion, it sounds reasonable. We always have a huge party and the kids really look forward to it, so I want to continue the tradition, maybe with some minor changes.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
8 Oct 07
As a fellow Christian I think Halloween is what you make it. To me Halloween is just a fun filled holiday complete with the witches, goblins and scary things. There are some people that can make it evil, I choose not too. Its pure fun for all ages. Adults can be kids again, they can dress up and go to parties and not look like idiots. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Its just plain fun.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
6 Oct 07
Hi Jillbeth, I'm going to say that we shouldn't celebrate Halloween. But having said that, I understand it has evolved into just another commercial enterprize. The kids love it. My kids love to be scared silly and dress up and all that stuff. I guess if we have given them a solid foundation in the Lord they will know between wrong and right. Just bless the candy and the party. LOL. Your friend, the gatekeeper, I mean gtargirl.