Halloween: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Halloween costumes

Lakewood Church Houston TX, Kidz Blitz Live with costumes

I’m not freaked out about Halloween, but I have mixed feelings.

I don’t think Halloween is the great evil of our time, but neither is it entirely a wholesome family holiday.

Some of Halloween I like, some I don’t. Here’s my list.

  • I LIKE candy.
  • I DISLIKE dressing kids up in ghoulish costumes.
  • I LIKE that it promotes a shared family experience.
  • I DISLIKE the sexy costumes that are promoted to girls.
  • I LIKE the cute costumes (bugs, angels, princess, super heroes, etc.)
  • I DISLIKE the idea of promoting fear.
  • I LIKE the autumn season.
  • I DISLIKE the gory movies flowing through the TV channels.
  • I LIKE pumpkins.

Most of all I dislike what Halloween celebrates.

It celebrates the very thing Jesus came to defeat…death.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. Easter celebrates His resurrection.

Thanksgiving celebrates God’s provision. July 4th celebrates the birth of America.

Memorial Day celebrates the memory of significant people. Valentines Day celebrates love.

Halloween celebrates death.

That’s why you see images galore of skeleton’s, chopped up body parts, blood, coffins, grim reaper, etc. etc. etc.

I’m not convinced death is something that deserves to be exalted.

For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is DEATH. (1 Corinthians 15:25,26 ESV)

so that as sin reigned in DEATH, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21 NKJV)

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through DEATH he might destroy the one who has the power of DEATH, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14 ESV)

The thief comes only to steal and KILL and destroy. I came that they may have LIFE and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)

I don’t hate Halloween.

I’m just not energized about celebrating something Jesus came to defeat.

By |2018-07-19T10:38:43+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Ministry Articles|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. T Smith Guishard November 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I agree. wholeheartedly!

  2. T Smith Guishard November 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    this is the simplest and down to earth explanation of Halloween and why we don’t celebrate it that I have seen ever!!

  3. S Seifrit November 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    So true. And so well-said.

  4. J Doebler November 5, 2014 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Well stated.

  5. Claudia July 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Such a smart answer, so true and I will definitely share.

  6. Sharlene July 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I so agree. When I was a Children’s Pastor I wanted to not do a Halloween alternative at Halloween. I wanted to do something closer to Thanksgiving like a Fall Festival. Pastors always shut me down everytime. I love kids dressing in costumes and having that kind of fun but I do not like what it honors at all. The Pastors use to tell me that if we don’t give them an alternative they will go trick or treating. What I tried to tell them is they go anyway. They go before they come to the Halloween alternative at the church or they go afterwards. Most of the time they went before because their buckets were already full of candy. So they never heard what I was saying. Anyway, when my kids were little I started out with the first one taking him out on Halloween for the trick or treating and before we could get home he was screaming because of all the scarey stuff. So I decided it was not worth it. Everyone has their thoughts on this. Thanks Roger for sharing yours and I do agree with you.

    • Roger Fields July 27, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing your views and experience, Sharlene. Halloween has been a touchy subject in most churches.

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