I like fall – but the idea of celebrating the day of the dead and dressing up like ghoulish monsters is not really appealing to me. No thank you.
As Christians we are taught, ‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.’ (Philippians 4:13)
Gazing upon zombies with blood is not my idea of pure and lovely. However, there is no reason to put this holiday off limits or prohibit your kids from trick-or-treating. You can just celebrate this festive day differently.
Instead of witches hats and skeletons adorning wreaths on the front door, how about a friendly pumpkin or smiling scarecrow? Those seem like good exchanges! Let your kids dress like doctors, Bible characters, princesses or super heroes. They don’t have to be ghouls or goblins terrorizing the night.
Place little Bible verses in your candy bowls. So the trick-or-treaters will not only get a little sweet candy but the candy that lasts forever – the sweet Word of God! Maybe Halloween can be a mission field. You don’t have to travel to Africa for this – you can touch lives via your front porch.
You don’t have to hide out from the holiday to preserve your Christian faith – you can be a light right where you are by celebrating differently. Remember we are called to be ‘in the world, but not of it.’
This might be a different take than some – but, by all means – have fun, dress your dog in a ballerina skirt and your little ones in bumble bee outfits. Live differently. Others will take notice. That is what Christianity is about. Embrace goodness.