Pumpkins, candy, and costumes–these things may come to mind when thinking about the Halloween holiday. Next Monday night, kids will be lining the street with masks on their faces and bags full of candy in their hands uttering the words “Trick-or-Treat”.
But have you ever thought about the deeper implications that this holiday brings? Do you ever feel oppressed as a Christian during Halloween and wish your children weren’t exposed to seeing specific costumes or celebrating ghosts, demons and witches?
According to an opinion article by Bloomberg, ‘People value Halloween, like Valentine’s Day, because they can tell themselves that it’s not merely secularized, it’s secular, which is to say not Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Muslim.’
For many Americans, Halloween is a night for trickery and innocent fun, but as Christians we should be concerned with the way this holiday has developed throughout the years.In recent years, we can see the gradual shift from the fun of Halloween to a darker, more demonic focus. It is inevitable that there will be two or three box office hits centered on demons and the supernatural at Halloween time. Movies like t he ‘Paranormal Activity’ trilogy have set the tone for scary movies by hitting number one at the box office.
Continual Trend with Halloween Costumes
The darker side of Halloween has also taken over the costumes we can purchase. There is now an increase in demand for the ‘sexy’ women costume. And they are not just marketing to women, but teens girls as well.
This shift has caused discomfort for many with a Biblical worldview, and being subjected to explaining some of the things that come with Halloween to children doesn’t help.
The Bloomberg article mentions a child who dresses up as Aslan, to which it says ‘Lewis was on to something: People can keep children away from religion, but they can’t stop children from believing in something.’ And that ‘there’s something unsettling about the education of a child who comfortably enumerates the rules for surviving zombie apocalypse but finds it uncomfortable to enumerate the rules of his grandparents’ faith, if he knows them.’
Further, the article says, ‘you don’t have to reject Halloween to ask what it may be replacing’–it may be replacing the belief in God.
As Christians, this should be concerning for us. As everyday retailers are selling things from the darker side of Halloween, consumers are purchasing these things now more than ever.
Faith Driven Consumers have a choice, though:
This link is a good source for Christians who want to celebrate an alternative Halloween.