As Halloween approaches, many parents are having conversations about their child’s outfit, what neighborhoods they plan on trick or treating, and maybe some parents will even have an argument at work with the parent who won’t celebrate Halloween.

A question is therefore raised, “Why won’t that parent let their children celebrate Halloween?” It is not that big of a deal, right? Most parents who do not let their children masquerade around for Halloween actually do have a valid reason–there is no goodness in the Halloween tradition.

America is eroding at a breath taking pace. Who needs scarecrows and hobgoblins, when the streets are full already? If Christianity will survive the scary times ahead, the church must know its identity. No grounding in history; no solid identity. Halloween celebrates death, not life. Halloween does not promote the uniquely Christian identity that we must cultivate if we are to survive. 

Celebrating Halloween is not best for our spiritual well-being. Trivializing demons, ghosts, and goblins is not a joke. It makes sense that Satan would want people to see demons and ghosts as something fun and nothing to be scared of.  As Christian parents, we should not allow our families to participate in these activities.

We should be teaching our children to focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable (Phil 4:8). As parents, we need to teach them how to guide their way through life. Are we teaching them how to think with a Biblical Worldview? I don’t see any of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8 in the holiday of Halloween.

Some will say that Halloween is not a big deal and is fun and trivial, but it is a big deal when our children are soaking up cultural rhetoric. Our children’s minds are like sponges and without us as parents noticing it, they will either be placing a negative judgment or positive judgment on Halloween. It is a big deal what goes into our children’s minds.

“As Christians lose their grounding in history, they lose their Christian identity.”

Some might say is, “The children will feel left out of Halloween while the other kids are trick or treating.” Many churches have recognized this issue and want to help parents in their endeavor to remove Halloween from their family’s lives. These churches put on a Reformation Day Celebration. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, pounding the Christian identity into the door the of West. Thus was born the Protestant Reformation where Justification by faith alone in Christ alone along with Christ’s righteousness being imputed (or counted) to us was brought to life again in the church. This is a celebration worth celebrating. This activity will have the qualities of Philippians 4:8. Celebrating what God has done through the Reformation and what He continues to do has goodness in it—not Halloween.

Life is not about entertaining our children. We have a short time with them to teach them what is good, profitable, helpful, and beneficial. We as parents must be proactive in our children’s social life, education, and well-being. We will be held accountable before God for what we allowed our children to do or not do. May the Lord help us and give us wisdom in our seemingly impossible task of doing what is best for children’s sake: For the Glory of God Alone.

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