Trick or Treat?

We opt out.  Eight reasons:

  1. Few celebrations of Hallowe’en really involve witchcraft, but many treat it as a joke, something to be imitated in fun, rather than a serious evil.
  2. Many celebrations place an unhealthy emphasis on death and evil.
  3. Often there is a horribly skewed perception of life after death, which is also treated as a joke, a costume to wear, rather than a vital reality which must be considered.
  4. Sending children around to beg sweets can lead to wrong attitudes about sweets (and about neighbours).  I never wanted to encourage that in my kids, or other kids.
  5. It has become dangerous as people have done malicious things to children.
  6. The “trick” threat of vandalism too often becomes reality.
  7. There are many other evil things in the ways people have taken to celebrating it with which I don’t want to be identified.
  8. We don’t need it.  We can do fun things together as a family instead.

Note:  I did not include pagan origins on the list.  The dangers of ancient paganism are minor compared to every day dangers of current pagan atheism, materialism, and hedonism.  Many reject Hallowe’en over pagan origins but welcome modern pagan influences in thinking and entertainment.  Focusing on ancient pagan origins of various things is often a trick of the adversary to distract from the real dangers around us.

Though I don’t see any Scripture directly forbidding Hallowe’en, you could easily drift into celebrating it in ways that violate Scripture, without even really trying to do so.  But rather than ask if Scripture forbids it, we might ask what is the value, compared to the problems?

A year ago, some readers may remember, I linked to an article that says women are able to “time births” and that fewer children are born on Hallowe’en — out of 1.8 million births, there were 11.8% fewer on 31 October.  The final two paragraphs:

She added that mothers perhaps subconsciously wanted to avoid Halloween because of its associations with death and evil.

Levy said: “It evokes fear on some level.”

That isn’t a kill-joy, hyper-strict moralist, it is a Yale University researcher, telling us that Hallowe’en has associations with death and evil.  She is right.  Expectant mothers may subconsciously avoid it, but our family will consciously do so.


About Jon Gleason

Former Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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3 Responses to Trick or Treat?

  1. My b-day was two days ago and I always think how glad I am it was not the 31st.

    This post reminded me of something. I had forgotten my mother practiced some form of witchcraft when I was young. I vaguely remember some of it. Later one brother and my sister practiced satanism for a time. But God saved me out of all that, and at just the right time! I had began showing an interest in those things, but no farther than just reading about them. Oh, He kept me from all the horrors of that lifestyle and the regrets. But not only that, He gave me a future and a hope so far beyond anything I can even imagine. I write this with an overflowingly grateful heart to what He has done and what He will do.

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