So the question on everyone’s lips is… so are you? or aren’t you? I am beyond surprised myself to say that I AM allowing my kiddos to participate in Halloween this year, after NEVER having let them before. Now, don’t get me wrong.. are we going all out, decorating the house.. buying costumes… NO ! However, I’ve told them that they can trick o treat in the neighbourhood if they so wish, and can organise their own ‘costume’. I will also purchase (only good quality.. coz i’m funny like that) lollies to hand out at the door. Will I slip in some tracts?? Maybe. 😂🤣😂 Jokes, I probably won’t. But will I be praying my butt off that seeds are sown that evening? HECK YES !!
Oh wait.. in regards to decorating… there will be a pumpkin at the front door on the night, but that’s it, and really it’s more about how much I love pumpkins. 😊
I have always been very anti-Halloween.. mostly because I was brought up that way. Of course you can find all sorts of articles that can paint it one way or another.. and trust me, I’ve read a LOT of them over the years. A few months ago, I began to think about possibly allowing the kids to participate, and I was VERY surprised at those thoughts. I mean, I’ve been avidly against it.. in every way. The Holy Spirit does love to ‘throw us a loop’, as I’ve found several times in my life. Homeschooling being the biggest one to date!
I have always just thought that Halloween has demonic parts to it, so therefore I wanted to stay away all together. But, what I believe God has been teaching me is this… I have taught my children of the very real existence of the spiritual realm, while also hopefully teaching them how to function in it. (before you freak out, the spiritual realm is not solely bad, it’s also where the Holy spirit and the angels operate.. hence LOADS OF GOOD !!!! ). By then keeping my children from participating in something that, yes, has spiritual elements, I’m not trusting the Lord to work in and through them to make good decisions around it.
I believe I could be teaching my children some negative things by painting Halloween to be this absolutely terrible thing. The last thing I want to do is instill fear in them. I also do not want to teach them superstition, or that it’s good to isolate oneself from a perceived ‘bad’ celebration, when in fact very good things could come from it. I want to have faith in the Lord’s work within them, for them to have confidence in their own ability to discern for themselves what a situation holds for them (good or bad).
I also believe that it does come across negative for those houses that don’t participate. I have always thought this, no matter how strongly I felt against Halloween.. for this reason, I pretty much ALWAYS planned to be out that night… so that we weren’t actually home to ‘turn people away’. I do see that pure joy is brought to children who are blessed with lollies at people’s doors. It also can’t be ignored that it is a great neighbourhood event that brings about meetings and conversations that perhaps would never have happened otherwise.
The biggest thing though for me is coming to the realisation that, for an aware believer, the enemy only gets licence to play around in your life, if you ALLOW it. It doesn’t happen by accident.
We really need to remind ourselves that spiritual darkness is everywhere.. in books, TV shows, movies, games, politics… and even Christian celebrations like Christmas and Easter. If we don’t learn/know how to safely live our lives with these things in play, we could be opening ourselves up to trouble… and let’s be real.. we all have enough of our own troubles… we certainly don’t need additional.
So, to wrap things up… I am choosing to see this Halloween (just taking it one step a time… not signing up for life long Halloween celebrations, just to be clear.LOL) as a very possible outreach for our family. The Lord will use the evening as He wills and I am making myself open to that, rather than restrict Hm.
Disclaimer… I do not, by any means, expect other believers to be completely onboard with this. I so strongly believe that we are all convicted in different areas and at different strengths (for want of a better word). If you had told me earlier this year that I would happily allow my children to participate in Halloween, I would not have believed you.
Isn’t God Fun !!