Lynne Modranski is a sold out follower of Jesus Christ. She's written several Bible Study guides and Children's lessons.
My Preference in Celebration
This page is not meant to condemn anyone, just present an alternative
A few years ago, my grandson, a nine year old at the time, asked, "Hada, why don't you and my mom celebrate Halloween?" It was a legitimate question. His dad and all of his dad's family celebrate, so they get dressed up and go trick or treating every year, but by birthday nine, he'd begun to notice that mom didn't participate much (even though his parents are happily married), and they don't ever bring their celebration to Pappy and Hada's house.My other two daughters have decided not to celebrate the holiday as well, and like Joshua, many people wonder why. So, what you'll read below is not a judgement on those of you who enjoy this holiday, nor is it an attempt to get you to change your mind. Instead, it's story of how my husband and I came to this decision and some information for those of you who may feel uncomfortable with the holiday.So, read on! There's a place for your comments and opinions. You're welcome to disagree, but please don't condemn or be distasteful in your arguments. So here goes . . . The reasons I DO NOT celebrate Halloween.
A Podcast on the Subject
- My Thoughts on Halloween
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What made me decide to stop the celebrating?
By the time my youngest started Kindergarten or first grade, Steve and I had begun to really feel convicted about celebrating Halloween. While almost every holiday on the calendar has some roots in paganism, Halloween is the only one that Christianity never really managed to make much headway in. As we looked at all of our "harmless" symbols and began to research their origins, we felt uncomfortable passing the tradition on to our children.
In the early 1990s, satanism, wica, and the church of Satan began to have a rise in followers and seemed to become socially acceptable forms of religion. It was during that time that some form of these pagan cultures (which may or may not appreciate the term pagan being used of them - if you're one of them, I mean no harm with that term, I simply use it in a more Biblical sense, as a grouping of those who follow what I consider to be the exact opposite of Christianity) had an organized gathering in Southern California. I don't remember which group specifically that gathered or whether it was a mix. I do know that thousands upon thousands were expected to get together to celebrate Halloween and worship anything that was not Christ.
To these folks Halloween was on the level of Christianity's Christmas and Easter It's this realization that brought me to the decision I could no longer participate in Halloween. Yes, these less traditional religions have celebrations in and around Christmas and Easter, but they do not celebrate Christ's birth or death and resurrection. Here I was, a disciple of Jesus Christ, partying with His enemies.
Once I brought that information into the light in our lives, we could no longer in good conscious celebrate the holiday. We explained our decision to our children (which was probably much harder on the older girls who'd been used to celebrating it for nine and thirteen years respectively), and we pulled the younger two out of school on the afternoon of the Halloween party. Our oldest was in middle school. She didn't have parties anymore. I'm not sure if they still went to school in costume, but she didn't from that time on.
Each year after that, I took the girls to McDonalds or someplace similar during their Halloween parties. I began to refuse Halloween bags at the grocers and turned my porch light off. We don't condemn or even share our feelings unless we're asked, but we feel pretty strongly that this holiday is something that Christ has asked us to set ourselves apart from.
Perhaps you're a Christian reading this and you're wondering if you should be celebrating the holiday. Keep scrolling, because I'll give you my answer to that below.
Yes, I used to celebrate this October Holiday
When I was a kid, we trick or treated every year. We only traveled our short country road and perhaps a car ride to Aunt Carol's and/or one or more grandmas. We grew up in the country, so the twenty or so houses on that dirt road were more than enough to give us treats for a couple of weeks.
We'd gather in large groups to go, and most of us dressed up like scarecrows or princesses, in old clothes or prom gowns. We never used a store bought costume! It was a blast!
When my oldest two were small, my husband and I let them dress up every year. One year, I hand sewed a bumble bee costume, and we made an adorable clown wig another. We never really got into the more gory costumes. The year we lived on an Air Force base, my two oldest had huge pumpkins full of candy by the time we returned home from our Halloween adventure.
However, when my youngest was about a year old, my husband found Christ. I'd given my life to Jesus a few years prior, but after Steve made that decision, a lot of our life values changed. He's a pastor now, but when we made the decision to stop celebrating Halloween, he wasn't even considering a career in ministry. I believe he worked as a cable installer during that time. As we began to evaluate what it meant to us to have someone die for us and the way to show appreciation for that gift, we readjusted our views on many things. Halloween was just one on a long list of life changes we made that have made our lives richer and fuller.
If you get to know us, you'll discover we aren't prudes. We aren't your typical in your face Christians. Jesus is just a part of the fabric of our lives. We still laugh, dance, have fun, and enjoy life. We just do it in a bit different way than we used to, and the way we celebrate (or don't celebrate) Halloween is part of it.
What about you . . .
Should you Celebrate Halloween?
Christians ask me that all of the time . . . "Should I celebrate Halloween?" There is no answer to that question. Since Halloween didn't begin till long after the Bible was written, there isn't anything in particular that tells us NOT to celebrate this holiday. Although if you Google the question, you'll find more than a few well meaning fundamentalists and other Christ loving folks who will share with you the evils of the holiday and give you lists of reason why you shouldn't.
The Bible does have several verses that would make it sound less than honorable for a follower of God and Christ to "revel" with the pagans. For instance 1 Corinthians 10:20 says "not to be participants with demons."
A lot of folks I talk to, though, insist that they aren't participating with pagans, they are merely having fun. And perhaps you are! If so, I encourage you to pray about it. Ask Jesus how He feels. It doesn't really matter what I think or even what others in your church think. The only thing that matters is how Christ views your celebration. If you don't feel convicted about it, don't worry about it! Read scripture, continue to grow in Christ. He may never ask you to change your Halloween practices.
I would suggest that you revisit the issue at least annually. Make sure that you haven't moved into a new phase in your Christian life that might honor Christ more without a Halloween celebration. I can't tell you to stop celebrating this holiday. This is one of those things that I believe is between you and Christ. I just pray that you will always be willing to change any of your habits or traditions if you discover that your Savior is asking you to. Meanwhile, worship the Creator often with a body of believers and enjoy fellowship with Him regardless of where you stand in the celebration of Halloween.
Other's Opinions about Halloween
I encourage you to Google, "Why shouldn't I celebrate Halloween?" You'll find a number of folks who will give you even more reasons not to celebrate. I may or may not agree with all of them; however, you'll discover I'm far from alone in my convictions.
© 2012 Lynne Modranski
Tell us your thoughts about celebrating Halloween
Lynne Modranski (author) from Ohio on November 04, 2014:
Thanks James! I'll have to check that out!
James M Becher from South Florida on October 28, 2014:
2 thubs up! Really thorough treatment of the subject from a Christian perspective. I will feature it on my hub, "Should we celebrate Halloween?"
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on October 24, 2014:
November 1st was declared All Saints' Day by the Church as an antidote to the strength of this holiday in Western Europe in early days. I have found myself more and more uncomfortable with how Halloween has been celebrated over the last couple of decades.
Lynne Modranski (author) from Ohio on October 12, 2014:
Thanks for sharing your opinion! I wish it was just "meant to be fun for the kids," but when you research the holiday, that's not at all what it's about. As I said in the article, each person should decide for themselves, but to be a follower of Jesus and pretend that there is nothing "spiritual" about the holiday isn't really an option. One can decide that the spiritual overtones aren't enough to keep them from celebrating, but I believe there's more to Halloween than most would like to admit.
evejono on October 09, 2014:
i think there is just to much thought put into something that was meant to be fun for the kids . the adults make it more than it needs to me.
julieannbrady on October 06, 2014:
Gosh, my mom actually married my stepfather on Halloween - so you can kind of get an idea about our family humor! I used to celebrate by dressing up in costume and handing out treats. However, in the last 4 years, I've stopped celebrating. I guess I never stopped and thought about the reasons some people decide not to celebrate.
Lynne Modranski (author) from Ohio on September 29, 2014:
I LOVE that! I know a couple of people in similar situations whose birthdays fall on or around halloween that have halloween parties for their birthday parties. I've always been disappointed in that. Love that you could celebrate your brother instead!!!
Fay Favored from USA on September 26, 2014:
It's easy to follow this tradition, especially if you have a brother who was born on Halloween like I do. My family has never celebrated it though and had parties promoting harvest time. We had some great costume parties and games none of which had anything to do with Halloween.