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Christians and Halloween


Every year the debate is the same:  Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

When I was a child, we did celebrate it “nominally”.  But, the focus was more on the candy.  I did find it fascinating to walk the neighborhoods and gawk at the scary decorations on all the houses.

As a teenager, I was more interested in watching the Halloween-themed movies that were premiering on cable once the month of October started.

Where my family and I live (Guatemala), Halloween is not nearly as celebrated as it is in the United States.  So, it really hasn’t been a tough issue to navigate for us.  The story is likely different for you.

Why our culture is fascinated with fear and darkness I’ll never fully understand.

Rather than write on this subject I’ve decided to do a round-up of other bloggers’ articles about Christians and Halloween.  Each writer shares a unique point of view and I appreciate every one of them.  Their experiences and biblical insights will enrich your understanding as they have done mine.

The Christian Problem with Halloween

How the Christian Mom Can Handle Halloween Like a Boss

How Should Christian Families Handle Halloween? 3 Options

Why Not Celebrate Halloween? 5 Reasons Why My Teen Doesn’t Celebrate Halloween

Resist or Redeem: The Power of Halloween Street

Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Halloween Again This Year

Three Ways to Share Your Christian Faith at Halloween

Abracadabra!

Figs of Thorns: Christians and Halloween

Is Celebrating Halloween a Sin?

Halloween and Martin Luther – What we all have in common

If you’ve read any of the articles above I’m sure you were given a good idea of the history behind Halloween.  These things are important to know.

In my personal opinion, I believe any holiday can be redeemed for the glory of Christ.  Christmas, New Years and Easter included.

Our purpose, as Christians, is to be light and salt in this temporary world and make disciples of Christ.  To me, it’s just that simple.  When we filter every scenario in life through that lens our focus remains clear.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  1 Peter 3:15 NIV

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