So today I want to talk about something that can be a little controversial in the religious world, Halloween.
As Christians, we get a lot of judgement from society and social media if celebrate Halloween because it’s a “satanic holiday.” Maybe years and years ago it was, but in today’s world, it’s all about dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Is there really any harm in that? Think about it. On a daily basis, especially little girls, kids dress up all the time. They play “dress up.” Well, Halloween is just a holiday that promotes dressing up and going door-to-door asking for candy. As parents, you can put a limit on the costume your child wants to wear, but let’s think about that for a second. Do you think your 8 year old daughter who wants to dress up as a witch, has some ulterior motive where she really wants to practice witchcraft and worship Satan? I don’t think so.
Last year, Michael dressed up for Halloween as Peter Pan. A boy who never wants to grow up. This year, my husband and I are finally getting in on the action. I’m going to be Sherlock Holmes (the modern Benedict Cumberbatch from the BBC show Sherlock), Nathan is going as classic John Watson (from the BBC Sherlock) and Michael is going to be…drum roll please…Mickey Mouse! We are going to go to our church’s trunk-or-treat and then walk around town. It’s going to be a perfectly fun and festive evening.
There’s also the controversy of Halloween movies. I personally don’t like the jump scare movies or necessarily the movies about spirits coming back to haunt people (there are some exceptions). I do however, love the Halloween movies that have a psychological thrill to them. The ones that make you try to figure things out. Some of the movies that my husband and I like to watch during this season are It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus (it really isn’t Halloween without watching that movie), Sleepy Hallow, Practical Magic, Ghostbusters and Casper, just to name a few.
My point of all this is, yes I celebrate Halloween. As long as you approach the holiday without wanting to practice witchcraft and worship Satan, I see no harm in celebrating the holiday. It’s one day a year to pretend to be whoever you want, to ask for candy (if you’re a little kid) and just to have fun. To be a kid again.
Well guys, I hope I was able to give you a new perspective on this fun holiday.