Some Christians ignore Halloween while other Christians (like me!) believe there’s no harm in celebrating Halloween. These spiritual tips for Halloween are for Christian families who want to celebrate without losing sight of their spirituality.
Here’s one way of my favorite ways to answer the ”should Christians celebrate Halloween?” question:
“Even though Halloween has pagan origins, because of your freedom in Christ, you and/or your kids can dress up in costumes and go door-to-door and just have fun. However, if you are not comfortable with doing this, then you should not.” ~ from the Where Did Halloween Come From? Can a Christian Celebrate It? article on the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.
Ah, how I love the simplicity! We’re free to celebrate Halloween or not celebrate Halloween…and we also have the freedom to weave our spirituality into our celebration. One tip for a more spiritual Halloween is to focus on lightness, freedom, and peace of Christ – perhaps by dressing your children up in an angel costume. But, remember that what we wear isn’t nearly as important as what we believe and how we act. And that’s what these tips for a spiritual Halloween are all about…
Can Christians Celebrate Halloween? 5 Tips for a Spiritual Halloween
1. Remember that Halloween is as spiritual (or not) as you make it. Growing up, I went to several different Christian churches, yet I didn’t realize until I was an adult that some Christians refuse to celebrate Halloween. Shocking! I couldn’t figure out why people wouldn’t want to dress up and go trick or treating. Since neither my mom nor my church leaders dwelled on the pagan roots of Halloween, I had no idea it could be bad. If you have children, remember that Halloween – costumes, trick or treating, parties – isn’t innately wrong or evil. The key to a spiritual Halloween is your beliefs (like the key to a powerfully spiritual life!).
2. Research the roots of Halloween. The roots of Halloween may not be teeming with Christ’s joy, light or freedom, but it’s important to know how this celebration came about. Learn and discuss the history of Halloween with your family. Being aware of its origins will help you understand why some Christians don’t celebrate Halloween, and help you make Halloween more spiritual for your own family.
3. Put a spiritual spin on Halloween – make it a “teachable moment.” Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to teach your children acceptance of others’ beliefs, understanding, and the importance of making informed choices! Teach your children to accept other Christians’ beliefs about Halloween while standing firm in their own beliefs. Help them make informed choices, perhaps by avoiding un-Christian practices that you as a family deem inappropriate (such as consulting Ouiji boards or delving into Wicca).
4. Explore different ways to celebrate a Christian Halloween. There are literally millions of articles about Christian Halloween – and at least half offer tips for a more spiritual Halloween! Make it a family event to learn how different cultures and religions celebrate Halloween. Spend time making Christian or spiritual Halloween crafts and decorations together. If your church doesn’t have a family Halloween celebration, talk to your fellow pew-mates about weaving Christianity into Halloween in creative, fun ways.
5. Respect other Christians’ beliefs about Halloween. Even if you and your fellow Christians believe Halloween is fine to celebrate, you may still have different boundaries. For instance, your Christian friends may think witch or demon Halloween costumes are suitable, while you want your child in less “dark” costumes (which is where that angel costume above might come in handy!). It’s no secret that Christians of the same religion often have very different spiritual beliefs and boundaries. This is normal and even healthy — especially if we can learn to live in peace and acceptance.
What do you think – can Christians celebrate Halloween? Can a spiritual Halloween be had by all? I welcome your thoughts below!