Should Christian parents allow their children to participate in Halloween?

Not to worry. Bat Woman has your back.

Not to worry. Bat Woman has your back.

This Christian mother suggests no, that there’s an “evil” side of the holiday.

Maybe that’s why we celebrated with such gusto when I was a kid, and why it remains my favorite holiday ever. Halloween is one day when you get to peek into the unknown shadows. We were so very good the rest of the year that that one day acted as a bit of a valve (at least, it did for me), and when I walked the chilly streets under the streetlights dressed as a witch, a hobo, or a ghost, the possibilities were endless.

Yes, I’m familiar with its roots, but then, I’m also familiar with Christmas’s roots, as well. So if you’re going to shutter your windows and hide in the basement, I’ll be making one more run to CVS to prepare for the goblins. This year, as every year, I’ll be an undead. See you in the crypt.

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7 responses to “Should Christian parents allow their children to participate in Halloween?

  1. The ‘trick’ portion of “Trick or Treat” was an invention of the Christians.
    Of course it was.

    Today is also Reformation Day. Four hundred ninety-nine years ago today Martin Luther posted on a church door his 96 Theses which began the Protestant Reformation. So an alternative for concerned Doctors of Philosophy might be to dress the kiddies up like friars and send them door to door to sing Bach’s Our God Is A Secure Fortress until the residents offer candy (indulgences). The kiddies refuse, and instead break into a rounding chorus of Bach’s God The Lord Is Sun And Shield, dropping a copy of the Luther’s Theses before proceeding to the next house.

    • See, my husband kept trying to tell me that yesterday was Reformation Day and why wasn’t I celebrating? I tried to explain to him that not all Protestants (he’s Roman Catholic please pray for him) make this a big deal, but the argument still lasted most of the day.

      • Yesterday was Reformation Sunday, a concoction of American Protestant churches to avoid conflict with All Hallow’s Eve and All Saint’s Day, (which, if memory serves, was also moved to distant it from Halloween). Not to mention it can be hard to get Lutherans to church during the week. And the last thing anybody wants anybody thinking about during the work week is Revolution against Established Orders. Especially when it comes to the buying and selling of indulgences…or…as we call it today…Business As Usual.

  2. Or better yet… should “Christians” who have never been in a church celebrate Christmas? I have come to think of them as Dress Up Day and Gift Day.

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