My Thoughts on Halloween
I posted this on facebook this morning and I wanted to post it here again too.
Dear Christian Friends –
There is a lot of stuff going around right now on whether or not it is right to participate in Halloween activities. If you feel it is wrong than I would never urge you to do anything to do against your beliefs or conscience. I would ask, however, that before you censor others who feel that they can participate without it being a sin that you think about a few things. Most people that I know personally who are against Halloween do not have a problem with the activities celebrated with Christmas and Easter. Even though many of them are aware of the pagan basis for a lot of those traditions – Easter eggs, Easter bunny, giving gifts, Christmas trees, etc. they have found a way to feel like they are celebrating the good things without partaking in any “evil” or “bad.”
I personally feel like I can do the same thing with Halloween. I use it as a time to get to know my neighbors and to build community bonds. I use it as a time to celebrate my favorite time of year and all the beauty that God has given us at this time. I use it as a time to spend time having fun with my family.
Again, if you feel as though it is wrong to celebrate or participate, please do not feel like I am urging you to do anything you feel is a sin. I just want to make it clear why I feel comfortable.