Note: I am a believer who takes God’s Word as He gives it to us in the Bible.
Everyone is on their own personal journey & has their own personal relationship with Christ.
I am not here to say what is right or wrong, but simply to share my personal journey & what God has impressed upon my heart.
Let me start by saying that if you participate in Halloween I am in no way criticizing you, but that I am simply sharing my faith, views, & personal history with Halloween.
I have been debating for over a year whether or not to share why I do not participate in Halloween on my blog.
It’s such a tricky subject (especially since it is a lot of peoples favorite holiday) & one that is completely opposite of the norm. But as a believer I know I shouldn’t worry about how I appear to the eyes of the word (Romans 12:2) or the backlash that might occur from sharing my faith (John 15:19).
I know I might get a lot of negative responses for this post, but that is to be expected (2 Timothy 3:12). And while I’m sure some people will want to discuss other commonplace holidays, that is another subject for another time.
(However, I should add that the theme of Christmas is love, joy, peace & giving, while that of Halloween is tricks, treats, darkness, & spooks. I’m not alone, check out this viral facebook post from an ex-witch about Halloween)
I simply want to share what God has placed upon my heart & why I do not participate in Halloween.
As a little girl, I spent several October’s dressed up as a cowgirl or princess. But one year, when I was in kindergarten or first grade, a family friend shared a pamphlet with my family that their daughter had brought home from school. The topic was Halloween & Christianity.
After doing some research, Bible study, & prayer my family decided to stop participating in Halloween (Proverbs 22:6). Explaining to a child who wore more dress-up clothes than everyday attire that she wasn’t going to be dressing up this year couldn’t have been easy. But I do clearly remember understanding why we weren’t going to do Halloween anymore.
Before we had even stopped participating in Halloween I had been sheltered from a lot of mainstream Halloween because it was too scary for me (& this was in the 90s!). I had never even seen the Olsen twins Double, Double, Toil & Trouble. So stopping something that I already connected with being scary & dark wasn’t too difficult.
I experienced first hand just how dark this holiday truly is a couple years later, although I didn’t find out how she really died till years later.
When I was in second grade my cat died on Halloween.
I was crushed. Nickie was orange & white, just like a creamsicle, only very fluffy.
One night during my senior year in high school my mom overheard me telling someone about how my cat was run over on Halloween. Apparently, she never had the heart to tell me how my kitty had died.
She then went on to explain that my father had come home late from work that evening & when he drove onto our driveway he found what was left of Nickie. Someone had slit her throat & slung her around. I won’t get into the gory details, but I will say that my sweet father spent a good deal of the night cleaning up blood so I wouldn’t see it the next morning.
And while I had grown up to associate Halloween as a dark night, & remembered it as the night my cat died, it wasn’t until learning this that I truly began to understand just how dark & evil this night is.
I know some people say that they only participate in the fun, lighthearted, & kid friendly elements of Halloween, but is this truly possible?
The darkness of Halloween permeates everything by the end of October.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:11
1 John 1:5
3 John 1:11
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
And while it is not an easy task, God has called us to be different from the world.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test & approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing & perfect will. Romans 12:2
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
1 Peter 2:9
Now I’m not going to pretend that it is easy not participating in Halloween, especially because the word participate is so vague when there is no real distinction between fall & Halloween.
The lines become blurred so quickly & grey areas are very easy to fall into.
I admit. I love all of the seasonal candy, especially when it goes on sale November first, a few falls ago I started watching the classic “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” I enjoy going to fall festivals, & I carved my first (& last) pumpkin last year when my little niece asked for help.
But then I begin to worry, do these things count as participating in Halloween?
I worry about contradictions & being a hypocrite.
The truth is, being a Christian isn’t easy, but we aren’t in this alone
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:18-19
1 Corinthians 6:19
1 Peter 1:16
1 Corinthians 9:22
Thankfully God knows I am human & that I have many problems.
He is willing to work with me, where I am in life, & step-by-step He is molding me & changing my heart.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that I am better than anyone else.
In all honesty, it is me acknowledging my weaknesses, my inability to change myself, & my desire to become Christ-like through HIS continual work in my own life.
2018 Update: Something occurred over the weekend that led to quite a few conversations between Roger & I on how we want to raise our children & what “fall” activities we will participate in as a family.
And although we don’t have children yet, we realize that the only way to stay true to our beliefs when we have children is to start acting upon them now.
Luckily, it’s never too late to make a change.
We’ve discussed what fall movies we will watch & activities we will participate in, how we will explain it to our children, & how we will explain it to our friends & family.
We know our decisions won’t be popular with world views, but who cares about popularity in eyes of the world anyways?
All that matters is that we take each opportunity to grow our family closer to Christ & let Him lead our lives each day.
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With love, Giusti
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy & dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, & patience.
Therefore encourage one another & build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11