This column is edited and republished from a previous column for Halloween…
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. –1 Corinthians 10:21 (NIV)
Some Christians don’t celebrate or allow their children to participate in Halloween activities.
I think that’s a personal choice.
I remember Halloween being a big deal for me when I was a kid. In elementary school, I remember the “Halloween Parade” where we would walk through the gymnasium with our costumes on. I think I was Batman one year! There were prizes for the best costumes and lots of candy. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the event back then.
As a kid growing up in a small town, many kids went trick or treating together. One year a “big kid” dressed in a woman’s dress and wig grabbed my bag of candy and took off running. After chasing the big kid we found out that “the kid” went in my house. After further examination, we found out “the kid” was my dad.
When my children were younger, we attended a few church activities on Halloween night that had everything except devils, demons, and ghosts in costumes. The kids still received the same sugar high as the rest of the kids.
I also took my kids trick or treating when they were young. I remember people at a few houses handing out candy with Bible verses with candy, which was neat that they took that much time to do that.
I remember when I was in the military there was a two-hour time period where military kids could trick or treat in base housing. I think I lost count after about 120 kids came to my door. My wife had to run out and get more candy. I had to just stand by the front door because there was a line for most of the two hours. Fun times.
If you choose to allow your kids to participate in Halloween, that is your choice. If you do not, you might miss having some great memories for you and for your kids.
Just stay away from the demons…