Scared of Halloween?

When we lived in Uganda, our Ugandan friends were frequently curious about our culture, as we were curious and learning their culture.

We found it difficult, however, to explain Halloween to our Ugandan friends. In fact, we were awakened to the fact that any holiday that glorifies gore and darkness is suspect at best and can lead to sin at worst.

Like many other Christians recently, we’ve helped our children avoid dressing up as blantantly evil characters. Events have been changed from Halloween to “Fall Festivals,” and trick or treating has become “trunk or treats” at churches. Yet there we were, ironically, “celebrating” a holiday in a country where we were trying to move Ugandans out of superstitions and control of evil and preaching Christ as more powerful than the evil one or evil spirits that most Ugandans very much believe in (Jn 4:4).

Over the years, we appreciate and attend here in the states “Fall Festival” activities modified for the spiritual health of our children. That said, however, Halloween has been one of the best times of the year to participate in what the culture around us is doing and meet more of our neighbors. I’ve heard of boycotts that encourage people to turn off their front porch light and not answer the door on trick or treat night. I don’t agree with not answering the door or boycotting a time when there is potential for meeting neighbors. We’re already too isolated as it is. Few days (or nights) of the year do whole neighborhoods open up their doors and expect people to come see them. Many Christians are taking this opportunity to be a light in a dark holiday.

My children are pictured (from left, Anna, 8, Ashley, 10, Jacob, 6), and we’re on our way to trick or treat and will also spend some time at home, opening our door to those goblins coming to our door. Posted by Hello

By Greg Taylor Posted in General

2 comments on “Scared of Halloween?

  1. Over the past few years, I’ve waffled (remember when that was the term of choice — before flip-flopping took over?) on what to do for an autumnal, dress-up, candy-gathering festivity with my kids.

    One question: does calling it fall/harvest festival make it sound more “pagan” or less?


  2. Hi, cute pic of your kids. I was looking through blogs and stopped on yours. I found this perticular entry interesting because I went through the same debate this Halloween because I have 3 children. I decided to take them out in Disney’s costumes as Pooh, Tiger, and Piglet. My children are very young so luckely I don’t have to explain gore and violence but 1 house had a haunted theme along with scary music and I could see my oldest who is almost 4 was confused. I had taught her the day was to be silly and fun so when she saw this house I could see she was confused. Halloween is a dificult subject for me as a Christian but I am hopeing to teach my kids to have it be a silly and fun night instead of glorifying the goor and horror of it.

    Your blog is cute, I will check back.



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