There are many differing opinions on this question. While Halloween celebrations have been around for centuries, in the last few decades Halloween has taken on a new dimension. Although the celebration is much bigger, that doesn’t mean it is better.
In years gone by, for most people, Halloween was a time of childhood masquerading and fun. Yes, some of the costumes were gory and gruesome, but they were almost always with a sense of pretending and meant for innocent fun. Today, many costumes are very realistic and the dark side is intended to be celebrated.
In the 1970s, celebrating Halloween was primarily a one-day event. Over the last four decades, it has progressed to a “season.” In the 1980s, manufacturers of decorative accessories began producing a wide variety of Halloween decor items. They also began aggressively promoting decorating the home and the yard for Halloween–and to start in early September. The Halloween “season” caught on (with adults more than children) and now Halloween is the second “largest” holiday after Christmas, as measured by retail sales.
What Should You Think?
There has always been a dark side to Halloween. It has always been a day occult activity. However, most people never see any of it. The question about Christians celebrating Halloween isn’t about participating in pagan rituals. It’s really about whether or not they should celebrate a day that is based on the darkness of this world. Can it be celebrated in a way that is God-honoring? What should Christians think about Halloween? How should Christians celebrate? Or should they refuse to participate in any way?
This is really a personal decision. But whatever your decision might be, Halloween should be no different than any other day. We are to honor God every day of the year and Halloween is not an exception. Whatever your choice is, make Halloween a day to honor God.
What Should Every Christian Do?
With all the focus on death at Halloween, it’s a perfect opportunity to think about life — especially life after death. There are people perishing every day — perishing without Jesus. And we know that the Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). We also know that the Lord desires to use us to preach His gospel of saving grace and turn people from darkness to Light.
While every day of the year is an opportunity to shine light into a dark world and share the gospel with people, Halloween is an especially good time to open spiritual conversations. Look for opportunities to talk about Jesus. With the darkness of Halloween, our lights can shine ever brighter. And, with the celebrations of death, our proclamation of life in Christ gives hope. Be bold and proclaim the saving grace of Jesus so that His love, light, and life is magnified.
Don’t let the season pass without sharing your hope in Jesus. Be diligent and purposeful in starting conversations with people. And when you hand out candy to “trick or treaters,” give them the greatest “treat” of all — the gospel of life eternal in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Halloween Related Articles:
- Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
- A Great Christian Song for Halloween
- What is sweeter than Halloween candy?
- Does Satan Have a Stronger Influence on Halloween?
- Your thoughts about “should Christians celebrate Halloween?”
- Halloween Baggage?
- What Should Christians Think and Do About Halloween?
- A Trick-or-Treat Test: Three Days
- What Though The Vile Accuser Roar (song video)
- Are Halloween Jack-o-lanterns Demonic?
If you do NOT know Jesus, click here NOW!
Jesus is the Reason this Ministry Exists
Our mission is to glorify God by equipping, encouraging, and empowering
YOU to understand the Bible and grow in faith. If our online resources have blessed you, we hope you will support Reasons for Hope* Jesus. Our ministry outreach has grown significantly and we need your help to continue. Please support Reasons for Hope* Jesus with a donation of $5, $10, $20, or more. A donation of any amount is needed and greatly appreciated.
CLICK TO DONATE
to Reasons for Hope*Jesus(a 501c3 Ministry)
Use a Credit Card or PayPal for safe, secure giving.
***A Hidden Message in Psalm 23?*** Hidden in the six verses of Psalm 23 are 11 names for Jesus. Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll send you The Names of God in Psalm 23 PDF that reveals all 11 names and Scripture verses of comfort and hope (link will be sent in your confirmation email). SUBSCRIBE NOW
The Top Ten in 2019
- The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
- The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
- Is my TATTOO a sin?
- What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDAN River mean? (Joshua 4)
- What Does It Mean to TASTE & SEE That God Is Good? (Psalm 34)
- CHARLIE BROWN Theology
- Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 DAYS AFTER JESUS’ BIRTH? Or Was It Much Later?
- Where did OT Saints go at death? ABRAHAM'S BOSOM? Where was that?
- Is Leonard Cohen’s “HALLELUJAH” a Christian Song?
- Is It a Sin to Drink ALCOHOL?
More Popular Questions & Articles:
If BAPTIZED as an Infant, Do I Need to Be Baptized Again?
How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the CRIMSON (OR SCARLET) WORM? Psalm 22
Is Satan’s Real Name LUCIFER? Or Should We Call Him Satan?
What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS? And were they kings?
Was Jesus CRUCIFIED on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
The Names of Jehovah hidden in Psalm 23! This will surprise you!
What Did Jesus Say About HEAVEN (and HELL)?
JESUS WEPT. Why? And…it’s not the shortest verse in the Bible!
Is There a Remez (HIDDEN MESSAGE ) in Revelation 7? Why is Dan Missing?
What Does it Mean to Be A CHILD OF GOD?
Why Is PRAYER Important?
Is SUICIDE an Unforgivable Sin?
Something ALL Christians must know: IVDARR