Halloween. Since I was a young girl, I can remember what a controversial subject Halloween was. Every year at our Christian school, fliers would be handed out, once again explaining the history of Halloween, it’s pagan roots, and what an evil holiday it was. I am not going to go into depth in explaining the holiday – most of us have heard it all before.
By the age of 10, I could tell you where every Halloween tradition originally stemmed from – the Druids, why they dressed up, what they believed, and the evil rituals that they participated in. I understood that human and animal sacrifices were made, and it was the “day of the dead”. I heard it all, every October.
Still, in my mind that was hundreds of years ago, and it didn’t have anything to do with the fun and “cuteness” of the Halloween that we know today.
When I had my first son 10 years ago, I was faced with the decision of whether or not I was going to allow him to participate in Halloweeen. Would I dress as him as a cute little pumpkin, bumble-bee? There were SO many cute outfits to choose from this time of year! We didn’t have to celebrate the “evil” part of it. We can keep it cute, and innocent! What can be more fun to my little guy than allowing him to dress up in one of his favorite costumes, carry a glo-stick, and have him walk around in the dark to get lots of yummy candy? Such excitement for a little one!
Pumpkins and spiders vs witches and ghosts. I didn’t see the harm in it.
I didn’t want the way I felt about Halloween to be based solely on what was pounded into my brain every year as a child – that Halloween was evil, and based on a pagan holiday. So what? So is Christmas, the Christmas tree, coloring Easter eggs, and so on!
If I did decide to refrain from Halloween, I wanted it to be because the Holy Spirit told me it was wrong, and not man.
So, I took him trick or treating. It was fun watching him run around, and the excitement on his face brought me great joy! I will admit that every now and then I felt a bit guilty…. is this wrong? Should I really be participating in this? I dismissed those thoughts, and excused them as part of my anti-Halloween childhood. We all know Christians can go overboard sometimes, and again I wanted to make sure I was to hear from the Holy Spirit, and not echoes of the past.
Through the years, I had another son and we continued to participate in Halloween. As my sons got older, I took the time to explain to them that many Christians are against Halloween for the reason that it was a pagan holiday. I took the time to give the evil history of the traditions of the holiday, and where it all began. I went further to explain that I really wasn’t completely sure that participating in the holiday was the right thing to do, and that there may come a day that the Lord will tell us to stop. If that day were to come, it would be because the Holy Spirit impressed it upon my heart, but their mommy wanted to be sure that she was not making a decision based on man’s opinions, or approval. They seemed to understand, and went along with our plan.
Long story short, that day DID come, but not as I expected. The Lord convicted my children’s hearts rather than my own. I believe He did that for me – so that I can be at total peace at withdrawing my family from all the “fun” that the world has created this day to be.
Our days of trick or treating came to an end last year, 2011. Easton was dressed as a hunter, and Gaige was Thomas the Train. We passed many “graves”, coffins, and ghosts in our neighborhood. As we approached one house, we saw bloody body parts laying on the ground next to a chain saw. Laughing and howling echoed in the background through loud speakers on the porch.
My boys are very bright, and they understood that this was all fake. They walked right up to the girl on the porch, and got their candy. They were not afraid – they were convicted. Convicted by the voice of the Holy Spirit that lived inside them! Easton, then 9 years old, looked at me and said, “mom? I think the Holy Spirit gave us our answer and told me we were not to do this anymore. This doesn’t feel right.’ Gaige, age 7, chimed in, “I don’t think so either! This is too evil!”
And that was it. I looked at their innocent faces, and I said, “Okay! The Holy Spirit has spoken… we’re done!”
They both smiled, and looked at their bucket of candy. Gaige (my deep thinker) sighed and said, “I feel sad that something fun can be so evil”.
That’s how Satan works, doesn’t he? Making evil appear to be fun, and tricking the hearts of many of us, not matter what kind of christian background we may come from. Praise God for the tender hearts of children to keep our paths straight!
Needless to say, there will be no Halloween for us this year. We are going to shut our doors, turn off the porch light. The Lord’s music will be playing in the background in order to defeat the “lord of the air”, bake an apple pie and make memories as a family, as we strive to glorify the “Lord of our hearts”.
”The one fear that America is missing is a fear of the Lord. As a people, we no longer fear God. Because we do not fear God, we no longer hate evil (Proverbs 8:13).
Instead of hating evil, Americans toy with it. We toy with holidays like Halloween that were conceived in evil and that promote the “cute-ification” of evil, whether that evil takes the form of witchcraft, sorcery, ghoulishness, or some other form of malevolent imagery paraded before our children. We laugh at the very things that the Lord describes as “abominations,” and we find ourselves obsessively fascinated by, and attracted to, all things dark.
Yet we do not fear the Lord.” ~Doug Phillips