Am i ganna get punished?

United States
October 29, 2007 12:19am CST
I am a christian born and raised.I believe in god 200%.But i have a question.Do you think i will get judged and punished for letting my kids go trick or treating?I dont celebrate holloween.I dont look at it as the "devils holiday" i just let my kids dress up and have fun.But ive had a few people talk down to me for doing this.What do you think?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I knew you would get a lot of controverisal replies here and I was also concerned until I did a Bible study with my son yesterday. It started with 2 bananas, one nice and yellow and one had turned soft and black. I asked my 5 year old, which one would you rather eat and why? Of course he would rather eat the yellow one because it looked better and he knew it tasted better too. That is how we as Christians should approach this holiday. I did this study because my son wanted to dress up as a vampire. I pointed out that vampires,witches, and ghosts are the darkness of the holiday, like the bad banana, it was bad fruit. Dressing up as military man, super hero or cowboy, it the light side of the holiday as in the yellow banana or good fruit. We also did an awesome cookie craft for this too. We frosted some cookies, I had yellow and brown frosting. The yellow standing for the good fruit and the brown was the bad fruit. Then I mixed the 2 colors together asking my son if I mixed them would they be the same? The answer is no, you can't have 2 masters, even though the brown got lighter, it was not light enough and the yellow just got darker. This lesson was to show that, though we are in this world, we are not to become like the world.. I think if you explain to your children that as long as they don't start getting into the dark part of the holiday and maybe can even be a light to others, then I would go for it.. I hope this helps, it helped my son, he no longer wants to be a vampire..:)
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
29 Oct 07
Very good reply. If you know Jesus then you surely pray. I know the Holy Spirit has led me to do a few things this year I've not done in the past. I'm handing candy out in little bags and at the little biblebookstore in my town I found cute little Halloween cards with scriptures and sayings. I also made a wreath I have hainging on my door I'm going to make a faceplate with Ecclesiastes To everything there is a season. I also have a little dollar general scarecrow I'm putting another verse . I'll go take a picture and post them here. Anyway, back to your question. I hope that you really sat down and opened your mind to God and ask him what he wants you to do. You will get the feeling of what makes sense to do. Ask God to lead you to houses that are christian homes so there isn't an issue with candies being tainted. my kids and I are going to first go to Mcdondalds to kick it all off then I'm taking them to a couple nursing homes to trunk or treat the firehouse down the road and when daddy gets home we will make a loop around our block and call it a night. God hasn't told me not to. he did tell me to not hang scary decor just harvest decor and the glory of his verses.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Go the this website: hopefully U will get the answer to your question: www.exposingsatanism.org/halloween.htm the bible doesn't go into detail about halloween being the holiday for Satan. There are scriptures that will support what i am saying: 1S 15:23, 2Ch 33:6, Gal. 5:20 have a good day.
• United States
31 Oct 07
we celebrate holloween for candy and trick or treating as others celebrate christmas for santa claus and gifts.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
29 Oct 07
Honey, Do not let these nasty people steal your children's childhood. Holloween is whatever it means to you. Let the kids dress up and have a fun night. Be sure to be safe,check all items before letting the kids eat anything,carry flashlights,etc. Hope you have a good time..My kids are older and I miss those times. xoxoxo
• United States
29 Oct 07
thanks thats how i fell too.I went trick or treating when i was little and i remember it was all for the fun.Never once did i stop and thin about the devil or anything else like that.thanks.my kids did go and they had fun.mY son was scooby doo(which was so cute) and my daughter was some kind of vampire lady.they picked thier own costumes out.
@deebomb (15319)
• United States
29 Oct 07
First off do you know the origin of Holloween? That is what I base my own dicision to not do any thing for Holloween. If you let your childen go trick ot treating then your teaching them that not following god's word is ok in my opinion. Before you make your dicission check out this web site. http://www.exposingsatanism.org/halloween.htm
• United States
30 Oct 07
I read through that website and found that it is nothing but propaganda against Pagans and Catholics. I bet some Protestant group thought this little thing up. It's funny how this webpage got their facts wrong. Not surprising though. Fundies always tell lies purposely to make their "faith" look good and to get converts. But guess what? Lying is against the 10 Commandments, so it is a sin. The way this article is written does a pretty good job at making people feel guilty about a day of fun.
• Canada
31 Oct 07
I can understand your concern because there is so much judgment and fear in some religious doctrines. Halloween has been 'sold' and marketed as the 'devil's' holiday even though it has deep spiritual significance within many older religions that are also alive and well today. Many who are raised with one belief are not comfortable in exploring the beliefs of others and they end up forming opinions that are based in superstition rather than within a larger context. To me the God I know and love would never punish a Mom who wanted to dress her kids up and let them have the fun and enjoyment of trick and treating. Within the innocence of youth a Creator who would condemn you or your kids for letting them...BE KIDS sounds rather strange to me. In today's world children grow up so fast why not allow them to have a little fun and fantasy? So I do hope you and your kids will go out tonight and have a really fun, memorable time...life is too short not to enjoy it! Best regards, Raia
@Sharon38 (1915)
• Jamaica
30 Oct 07
Honestly I wonder why people love to talk down to people for things they perceive is wrong. Santa Claus is not real but my daughter and I love the movies. We dont beleive in Halloween either but I love to watch the movies, hallowteen town, caspar to name a few. So am I any different and yes I am born again child of God too. Nothing is wrong with it as long as you teach them the right way, After all let the children have a little fun. People have a stereotype of who they think christians should be and behave but believe me if this is wrong God will show you. Another thing dont ever let anyone dictate to you what is right from wrong. Are you and God in malice that He will not tell you when you are going in the wrong direction?
@jennym (5)
• United States
30 Oct 07
I don't believe you are going to be punished. I am a Christian and my children have always gone out trick or treating. That doesn't mean we are worshiping the devil or any other such nonsense. I would say ignore those people who are putting you down about it.
• United States
30 Oct 07
I myself do not like halloween. For other reasons than religious but that is another story. That said, I allow my kids to celebrate it as a fun holiday, no devils or such but fun costumes and such. The older kids take the younger ones around and I stay in touch from home via their cell phones. I hand out candy to the neighborhood kids. I really really loathe the holiday but I do not allow my loathing to bleed over to my kids. I go to a church that believes that as long as the kids are not dressing up as devils etc that it is okay. we call it harvest season and one church in town has a Harvest Party with bobbing for apples and other fun carnival activities. This is a great way to celebrate it and my kids usually trick or treat down to the party (I live in a town of less than 2000 so its not far) and then after staying for awhile they trick or treat back home. You won't get punished for celebrating a harvest party. Who says you are celebrating halloween just because everyone else is?
@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
30 Oct 07
I am Catholic born and raised my whole life I also went to catholic school and there is NOTHING wrong with letting your kids go trick or treating, in catholic school we even had Halloween parties, it becomes wrong when you worship the devil, and so forth but for kids to go out and have a little fun one night is perfectly fine, there are some churches around me that even are throwing Halloween parties for the kids with costume contest and such, as long as your kids are in apporiate costumes there is nothing to worry about
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
30 Oct 07
hi. How are U? i am not going to talk down to U. I will be honest and tell the truth. U can make the decision on what U should do. If I were you. I would listen to what i am about to tell you and do it. I think anybody whether U are a parent or not should not be celebrating Halloween. if U are a christain and believe in God 200 percent. U should look at as the devil holiday because it is. Christmas is a holiday for Jesus. Think about it for a minute. U know as christians we are particular people. We are suppose to be different from those in society who don't believe in God. We are suppose to set an example to those who don't know that Halloween is for the devil. I think U will be judged more harshly because u are allowing your kids to do something that u don't do yourself. U have to set an example for your kids and put them on the right paths. I hope this answer your questions. have a good day God bless you.
@Pose123 (21666)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
Hi desimanero, All children should be allowed to dress up and have fun on halloween. There is nothing at all wrong with it. Blessings.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
No punishment for that. Trick or treating is for kids. As long as you mange to look after your kids and you know that they are doing fine well i guess nothing wrong with that. They celebrate this worldwide so if you are punished ,people celebrating must be punished as well..no worries..celebrate..
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I don't think there is anything wrong with letting your children go trick or treating. It isn't considered devil worship letting your child dress up in a costume and have a good time. I wouldn't worry about those who talk down to you, because they are your children and it's your decision.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I totally understand where you are coming from! The town we used to live in claimed to be more liberal in church matters but in truth they were very conservative (many years ago a Pastor was kicked out just because he invited a friend to dress up as Santa and visit his own children at his own home!) Very few people trick or treat and everyone always acted like it was some horrible thing to even dress up in costumes. I always felt like there are two versions of Halloween, much like there are two Christmas's. There is the "darker side" of Halloween that wouldn't be good for a Christian to celebrate. However there is also the "commercialized" side that is purely for fun and not at all associated with any religion. I see no reason why Christian children can't have one day a year of going out in a silly outfit and collecting candy. I have yet to find anything in the Bible that specifically prohibits that. If you think about it, it's not any different than the many, many people who celebrate Christmas who do not claim to be Christians. They usually celebrate the fun "Santa Christmas" rather than the "Jesus Christmas" and no one gives them a hard time about it.
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
If you are a Christian you have to follow the Christian religion in the Holy Bible, not the Catholic doctrines set forth in the Catechism laid down by the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy. And you have to teach your children and preach the word of God by example. If you follow Catholic doctrines, that is against God. At any rate, you can still ask forgiveness and turn your back against those which are not in the Holy Bible.
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
Of course not! TCelebrating trick or treat doesn't mean that you are a devil advocate. It's just for fun. Your being a Christian will not be questioned just by participating in the treat or trick.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
I don't see anything wrong with letting kids have some fun by trick or treating... you are not teaching them anything bad by allowing them that simple fun... I am a Catholic and holloween is not a big thing in my country but i think it is a time where kids have fun with others... and a time to indulge in candy...
@lonely_f16 (2147)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
I don't think it's evil too. I mean it's just for fun. The kids are too young to think about that and besides it has been a practice.