“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” – Colossians 2:15
It’s a time of year when the air gets crisper, the days get shorter, and for many young Americans, the excitement grows in anticipation of shouting, “Trick or Treat?”
Many Christians refuse to participate in Halloween. Some are wary of its pagan origins; others of its dark, ghoulish imagery. Some are concerned for the safety of their children. All are understandable reasons.
Other folks choose to partake of some of the festivities, whether participating in school activities, neighborhood trick-or-treating, or a Halloween alternative, such as Trunk or Treat at their church or another venue.
But did you know…
The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early Christian church. It was a day set aside for the solemn remembrance of the martyrs. “All Hallows Eve,” the evening before All Saints Day, began the time of remembrance.
“All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”
The question is, “How should Christians respond to Halloween?
Thankfully, we have the freedom to decide for ourselves.
Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, remember that Halloween provides the Christian with another opportunity to show AND share the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it’s a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God.
What better time of the year to share such a message than Halloween?