MommyPonder’s Take on Halloween

We are a Christian family.

We love and worship Jesus.

We raise our children up in the ways of the Lord.

We celebrate Halloween.

We stream “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” for an entire month {or longer}.

We dress up and discuss our costumes for weeks. {This year it was a family effort as we all dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz. And yes, it was fantastic. And awesome.}

We “do” Halloween.

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But, but, but…. 

It has pagan roots!

It has evil origins!!

It celebrates things that are not of God!!!!

Gasp!!!!!

Take a collective breath with me…..

Now, hear me out.

Here’s my take on it…..

Our God owns this earth.  He owns this day, this October 31, {insert any year}, Anno Domini.

{Exodus 19:5} {Deuteronomy 10:14} {Psalm 24:1} {Psalm 50:12} {Psalm 89:11} {1 Corinthians 10:26}

Our God made this day. He made THIS day, today, and He said it was good.

{Genesis 1:5} {Psalm 118:24}

Our God’s people will inherit this earth.

{Psalm 37:29}

I follow the God of love, mercy, goodness, kindness, compassion, justice, honor, joy, self-control, grace, and eternal salvation.

So, in short, aside from feeling for their fates and praying for their salvation,  I don’t care WHAT pagans do on this day. I don’t care what they make of October 30th or November 1st for that matter. It doesn’t nudge, budge, or bother me.

Why?

Because my God is bigger than that.

I choose to celebrate this day as princesses, super heroes, Charlie Brown specials, lots of chocolate, and lots of giggles with my darling little ones and their sweet, precious friends.

I choose to take this day and make it a day of memories for my children. Memories of time spent with family and friends. Time spent laughing, staying up a little late, eating candy, playing games, and playing pretend.

THAT is Halloween to me and my family.

Let the pagans do what the pagans are going to do and what the pagans have done since Moses wrote Exodus. My God is bigger than that. 

In short: It. Doesn’t. Matter.

AREN’T YOUR KIDS CONFUSED?? 

Nope. They aren’t. Simply because Halloween has only ever been a fun day of dressing up as your favorite storybook or cartoon character to them. It’s a day of cupcakes, candy, fun, friends, and silliness. A day where memories are made and bedtimes are late. To my sweet children, Halloween is not a night of discussing the blood sacrifices, seances, Ooijua boards, and lost souls.

You want to know my kids’ big “scare” of the day? This prank Buggy played on Daddy when he came home for lunch:

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Here’s the deal:

I think we as Christians should reclaim these days {even Halloween} for the Lord!! Reclaim them for innocent fun, joy, family memories, sweet times, cherished moments, opportunities for fun, and a celebration of imagination. Forget the “history.” God is bigger than whatever man has created! Cover it with joy, silliness, and a game of dress up, and you have something wonderful. We have the opportunity here for fellowship, discipleship, enjoyment, enrichment, generosity, and fun.

Don’t refuse fun or enjoyment simply because “they” have ruined it or claimed it. What right do “they” have to claim anything anyway? Everything of this world belongs to our God. Trust in that.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1

-Kat {mommyponders}

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4 responses to “MommyPonder’s Take on Halloween

  1. Some of the earliest memories I have are of celebrating Halloween with my family, all of them Christian. The first Halloween Horror “House” I visited was at a Baptist Church. We did not associate Halloween with Satan, Paganism, or demons. That association began around the late to mid 80’s, when people who probably meant well, started trying to abandon all celebrations that had or maybe just might have, some pagan history. By making an issue of that part of it, they inadvertently taught children that it was a worship of things it was not. When a neighbor’s child, sanctimoniously proclaimed that “we don’t worship Satan at our house,” I smiled and replied, “We don’t here either. Halloween is just a wonderful family time for us. One more chance to be a family and have fun, but if it makes you worship Satan, you shouldn’t do it.” That is how I feel when I hear the speeches that Christmas trees are pagan or that Halloween is worshiping. Worship is from the heart. If your heart is leading you to celebrate any day as a satanic or pagan day, you need to examine your heart. If, on the other hand, all days of joy are celebrations of God’s love in your heart, no pagan history will change that. God is bigger than history.

  2. My family dresses up and celebrates Harvest Festival with carnival-style games instead of trick-or-treating. It’s a way to participate without all the witches and monsters.

  3. Chelby Burrow

    I can’t agree with you more. My husband and I have the same concept of Halloween.

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