Christians and Halloween
Many of the practices of Halloween have their origin in an ancient pagan belief that on October 31, the souls of the dead came back to haunt people. People would dress in scary garb, and carve faces in gourds and pumpkins and place them in front of their dwelling to scare the haunting souls away. To combat this needless pagan creepiness, the Christian Church declared November 1st “All Saints Day”, a day on which Christians remember and give thanks for all those who have died in the faith, and whose souls are with the Lord. The night before All Saints Day was called “All Hallows Evening” (hallowed means holy, referring to those who died in faith). Over time it became shortened to “Halloween”. So, is it o.k. for us to participate in Halloween festivities? Well, I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of devil or occult themed costumes, but dressing up as a princess, or power ranger, and eating candy is not forbidden in the Bible, so go ahead. Jesus died to set us free from sin, death, and the power of the devil. We are not to live in fear, nor are we to shut ourselves off from the rest of the world. Live in faith, live in love, and encourage your kids to share some of their candy with me.
- Pastor Prigge