I am not crazy about Halloween. But when I was a kid, it seemed only to be a fun time when I collected lots of candy. When raising our five children, we celebrated Halloween,
but never considered going out and buying costumes. It was always,” make them.” And we’d drag boxes of stuff out from other years and, well, I confess the house was a mess for weeks as the kids designed their own costumes. Somehow I couldn’t get very excited about this, although my husband was much more creative in helping the children with ideas.
As a kid, I lived in a neighborhood where we walked by ourselves from house to house and there was never any thought of our safety. I remember my mom preparing about one hundred treats tied in napkins and they were spread over our dining room table waiting for Halloween night and the many knocks that would come on our front door. I don’t remember going out and playing tricks on anyone. That came later!
It seems now, Halloween isn’t as safe, even though the tricks played when I was a teenager are not being done today. One year, on the day after, there was quite a fuss being
made at High School because an out house had somehow been trucked to and left on the school grounds. How it was done, no one was sure. It wasn’t Halloween without a lot of “soaping” being done, and the streaming of TP everywhere. The targets for many “soapers” were the school windows. The soap was quite easy to remove, but look out if paraffin was used. I decided it would be fun to soap my boyfriend’s house windows and covered pretty well the windows in their French doors, but then, I was caught. That took all the fun out of it. By the way, my boyfriend had to clean the windows the next day. He still married me.
Living in the country, we weren’t on the roads that much. Our celebrating was done in the hall of the church, where everyone marched around in a circle while judges picked costumes fitting certain categories, the prettiest, the ugliest, and the most original. One
Halloween my Uncle Harold made robot costumes for my brother, Don, and my now husband, Burl. Made of cardboard and wood strips, the guys wore them to several church events and won each time. Of course, much of the fun was guessing who the people were behind the masks. The evening wasn’t complete without bobbing for apples which floated in a big wash tub. My husband remembers the time his mother and Aunt Florence had a hilarious time dressing him as a girl. He was just plain embarrassed. But his mom and aunt had fun. Our grandson, recently, told his mom, “I don’t want to dress up like a skunk this year.” It seems he’s already out-grown that kid stuff and instead is dressing like his favorite cartoon character, “Arnold.”
I especially like the harvest festivals being held everywhere. The pumpkin patch, corn maze and hayrides make a great way to celebrate this beautiful time of the year. In other countries, bonfires are included in the festivities and sometimes fire works. Carved pumpkins and corn stalks find their way on many porches. Sounds quite harmless, except there is an aspect of the holiday where the scary dress, ghosts and haunted houses bring out another side. Some cultures shun Halloween as being a celebration of evil.
So how should Christians feel about dressing up in costume and having fun when some believe it is a satanic holiday established to worship evil spirits and promote darkness and wickedness? Many churches have looked for alternative ways to celebrate and no longer
call their event Halloween. Many events have been turned into a worthy cause as those attending are asked to bring along canned goods for a food bank. To keep children from going to homes where they are not known, a church has invited kids to pick up their treats by going to decorated cars in the church parking lot. At these “Trunk or Treat” events the car trunks overflow with goodies. One church’s invitation invites attendees to dress in costume but to “Dress if you dare but please don’t scare.”
The holiday does have pagan origins. Many feel that children can have fun dressing up in festive costumes and indulging in yummy treats while not becoming involved in the darker aspect of the day.There are things that should be avoided by Christians. While taking part in Halloween, their attitude, dress, and most importantly, their behavior should still reflect Who they serve. Can we overcome evil with good, by setting an example before others and make the most of every opportunity as the Bible says? Some hand out tracts along with the Halloween candy. Even so, some Christians believe doing these things is compromising our faith and think it is far better to ignore the holiday than take a chance on causing division in the church. I’d love to hear your opinion on this subject. Leave your comment here at my blog site and I’m hoping you’ll become a follower of shirlandyou..