posted on Oct, 2 2009 @ 01:01 PM
Hello, Everyone. It would be very nice to get some advice and discussion going from my fellow Christians regarding celebrating Halloween.
As a child of a very religious mother, we were not allowed to celebrate Halloween, attend parties, decorate our house, or go trick or treating. In my
youth, I really resented her for it when all the other children were allowed to take part in the festivities while I was not. As an adult, in
retrospect I respect her wisdom and her true devotion to be 'in the world but not of it.'
Now being a parent myself, especially one of a child who loves Halloween and will be talking about his costume months in advance, I'm stuck. I will
admit my weakness and that I have taken him trick or treating the past couple of years due to fear of ridicule. But in my heart, I truly feel by
celebrating it, I'm trying to live in both houses, so to speak.
Even 'Hallelujah Parties' that churches throw on Halloween in order to make Christian children not feel left out kind of feels like a cop-out
compromise to me. They generally consist of Bible character costume parties and candy but it's like my spiritual discernment still tells me this is
an unwise compromise.
Do other ATS Christians celebrate Halloween or allow your children to do so? Do you attend something with the church instead? Do you completely ignore
it and tread it like any other day? As an adult I chose not to celebrate it but now having children, I feel the push by society to not be so rigid and
to give in but it doesn't feel right.
How do you feel Christians devoted to God should address the Halloween season as we are commanded to not be of the world and I do believe Halloween
has its roots in some very ungodly and dark historical practices.