I’ve shared before why we don’t take part in any Halloween activities. We also don’t take part in any church sponsored activities in the area that include costumes or candy. In our eyes, that is just putting Halloween in sheep’s clothing. I bet Satan has a field day that Halloween is accepted in the church under a different name.
I won’t go into huge detail about why we don’t celebrate, since I’ve discussed that before. The quick version is that the Bible commands us to glorify God in what we do, and Halloween doesn’t do this. In fact, it glorifies countless attributes that are the opposite of God.
Making light of evil/demons/Satan.
Of course, there’s still that part of me that doesn’t want our kids to miss out, especially since I loved Halloween as a child. We also don’t like having to open our door 100 times for trick-or-treaters when we don’t have anything to hand out. (And yes, even if we turn the porch light off and put up a “no candy” sign, we still had people ringing our bell.)
So we came up with an alternative.
On Halloween, we either eat an early supper or go out for Subway, and then we head out to shop. We don’t shop for ourselves though, we shop to fill our Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoeboxes!
We get to have a fun family evening out, the kids have fun and are thinking of how to bless others (they also get to choose what gender and age they’re shopping for), which glorifies God, and we avoid Halloween. A win on all counts, I think!
I know many families also celebrate Reformation Day instead of Halloween (it falls on the same day) so I need to do some more research on that.
What are your family traditions for Halloween?