Several years ago I had to make a choice between following God and celebrating Halloween. I had an opportunity to go to Cursillo, but it was the same weekend as the annual Halloween party. I chose Cursillo, and it made a huge difference in my life. While I have been to subsequent parties, I really am wondering about it this year.
I am part of a social group that really likes Halloween. And when I say really like it, I mean that they decorate their homes for Halloween every day of the year. They eat sleep and breathe Halloween.
Don’t get me wrong – I like October and the crisp fall air the same as anyone else. I love free candy and I love the idea of costumes. But every year I have to start thinking to myself is this really the best way to show that I am a Christ follower?
Some of the people in the group are starting to discover the darker side of their hobby. They’re constantly getting sick and having to go to the emergency room. The husband is constantly being attacked by wasps. He could lose his life because of these little tiny things because he is so allergic. I think the same thing is true of his love for Halloween. Something that he sees as small and innocuous is leading towards death. The wife is now having nightmares and believes there is a poltergeist in their home.
The devil can’t bite you if you’re not playing with his tail.
The Bible tells us that every day we have a choice between life and death. We are asked to choose life, but it is a choice.
In the Hebrew scriptures God tells Israel repeatedly to make themselves holy because he is holy. They must purge the iniquity for among them. They must separate themselves out in order to remain a distinct and distinguished people. They are not to take up the habits or worship the idols or follow the traditions of the communities that they stay in. Then Jesus comes along and associates with the outcasts. Jesus does not advocate that we spend our lives separate from everyone else. Jesus identifies with those who are lost or broken, those who are unable to connect. Jesus touches lepers and heals them. He heals people by including them.
So as Christians can we go to Halloween parties or not? Will it be an opportunity to minister to people who are lost? Or will we “catch” their sickness?
The apostle Paul says that there is no harm to us in eating food sacrificed to idols. But he does point out that it might cause harm to new believers. They might get the wrong impression from our actions.
The party this year was called “Doc Satan’s Halloween Hoedown”. That alone made me think twice. Is that something I should associate myself with? Jesus can return at any time. I like to think of this as a very serious version of “Musical Chairs”. When the music stops – what are you doing?
I have gone to their Halloween parties in the past, and I thought of that group as my friends, but then I realized that they don’t invite me to their dinner parties on their trips. They never comment or even “like” my Facebook posts.
I kind of feel like I’m getting sober, and seeing who my friends really are. I’m also feeling like it is time to stand up for what I believe in.
I thought about the bare minimum idea of how to celebrate Halloween – that giving candy out is symbolic of appeasing the evil spirits. And yet, to even do that is to say they have power, when the only Power that exists is God.
I appreciate Dia de los Muertos and All Saint’s day. I like what they stand for – of remembering loved ones who have died. These celebrations are about remembering a life, rather than celebrating death. They are more like a family reunion.
I decided not to go to the party, and when I saw the pictures of the male host dressed as Baphomet, I knew I had made the right decision. It isn’t a fun little costume party when you dress up as a demon.
This decoration was at the party. Is this healthy to associate with?
This Scripture is important – “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” When you know better, do better.