I’ll keep it short and sweet (like a crappy candy treat).
I don’t celebrate Halloween. My wife doesn’t celebrate Halloween. In turn, our kids don’t celebrate Halloween.
But if I judge the people who do, then I would be the one who’s celebrating death.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit Proverbs 18:21
If you judge people who celebrate Halloween then those people can judge you for celebrating Christmas. Both holidays were based on pagan calendars, it’s just that one of the two looks more christian than the other.
If you judge people who celebrate Halloween then those people could judge you for singing your national anthem. They are songs that declares alliance to a kingdom that is not God’s and in turn could be consider idolatry.
If you judge people who celebrate Halloween then those people can judge you for celebrating your birthday. Honestly? A whole day to celebrate you? To bring you gifts and offerings and light a candle on a sugary altar with your name on it?
Jesus said it best (He always does), “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”
(I’ll leave that in red so you know for sure He said it.)
Again, I find no legitimate reason to celebrate Halloween. As a very relax parent who loves to expose my kids to world and culture, I find it unnecessary to invest so much time and effort walking around as ghosts in darkness.
What we do celebrate in our house is November 1st. And for two valid reasons:
1. It’s my mom’s birthday. ¡Felix Cumpleaños abuela Vilma!
2. All superhero costumes are on sale at Target. Like 80% off. It’s like a cool early Christmas (which we do celebrate).
There are hundreds of things worse than cute kids dressed as Elsa and Hulk. Things addressed in Scripture like ambition and murder and consumerism and war… and judging others.
(Is that what I’m doing by addressing people who judge other people?)
So on October 31st, keep your judgments to yourself. Save the energy used on anti-Halloween rants and use it to share the good news of the One who was raised from the dead.
Find a person to encourage.
Call that family member who needs hope.
Pray for the Satanists who need a hug.
And use your tongue (and social media) to communicate life and joy.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
PS. If you are going to a church costume party… please check the perfect list at: Costume Ideas for the Church Halloween Festival by Matthew Pierce.
And of course… THIS!