Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays! I grew up going trick-or-treating and I still love decorating my house and watching scary movies with my husband. You can read more about my Halloween fun here.
I wish we had more children around here for trick-or-treating because I love seeing all the little ones dressed up in their costumes. Fall is in the air and Halloween kicks off the holiday season of celebrating family, love, and Jesus!
Unfortunately, some Christians take Halloween a bit too seriously due to its historically evil roots. My husband and I had to leave a church because they took it upon themselves to teach young children in children’s church the “evil of Halloween.” We were so upset, despite not having children of our own, because we felt that they were shattering the innocence of the children. Young children do not need to know about evil and scary things that they are not equipped to handle. For children, Halloween is just a fun day to dress up and get candy.
Also, Jesus warned us about taking children’s innocence away from them.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42, ESV).
In fact, for most Christians, Halloween is a time to go have fun and even do some outreach in their neighborhoods. This is the best night to get to know the people in your neighborhood because everyone is out walking around and chatting with each other. Of course, only truly sick people are doing satanic stuff such as poisoning candy or exhibiting other nasty behaviors; fortunately those incidents are few and isolated.
There is no reason why we can’t go out and enjoy a fun day on Halloween as Christ-followers. To pretend to be a character and watch our children pretend to be chraracters is so much fun-not to mention all the yummy treats and fun people to hang out with and play games. It is totally innocent and God knows our hearts are for Him!
So this Halloween, have fun with everyone. But please be aware that some of your trick-or-treaters may have special needs. If a child isn’t behaving like the rest of the children, don’t assume that they are brats. Some may have Autism, may be non-verbal, may have a physical disability, may be shy, and/or may be helping another child who is waiting at the bottom of the steps in a wheelchair to get candy. Please treat these children with respect, because I was once the child in a wheelchair waiting at the bottom of the steps, and some people made some pretty hurtful comments not realizing I was waiting down there.
Here is a great post about trick-or-treaters with special needs!
Have a safe and happy Halloween! Watch out for all those ghosts, goblins, and witches. WoooOOOooOOOooOO!!