I grew up in a Christian family with Christian values, which I’m very grateful. One of the things I’m grateful for is that my parents still allowed us to trick-or-treat and attend our church’s “harvest party.” We were a “both/and” family. Having grown up in church all my life I have come to the realization that Christians can be a little out of touch. Instead of being Paul-like we have a habit of doing our own thing in our little compounds (some big) called “church.”
I’ve determined in my life and the ministries I lead to be “both/and.” I am raising my five kids to understand that Halloween-the way the world celebrates it-is bad. We don’t do the goblins, ghosts, witches, etc. We do, however, dress up in fun costumes, go trick-or-treating, visit carnivals like Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch (https://mrbonespumpkinpatch.com/mr-bones-culver-city-pumpkin-patch/), and participate in our neighborhood Halloween festivities. It’s a chance for our family to enjoy our neighbors and be a light to those who don’t know Christ-by being human.
We also have a fun time at church with an event we call Fun Fest. Yes, it’s a Halloween alternative that’s more carnival-like than anything. It’s tons of fun! We don’t preach at this event or take people’s information. It’s an event for our church and community to have some good ‘ole fashion fun.
I like to encourage families in our church to join us for Fun Fest AND to impact their neighborhoods by participating in any festivities that are going on…Go into the world and be a light…Not of the world, but in the world.
What do you do? Do you participate in Halloween or not?