Halloween has become one the biggest holidays on the American calendar, spending over $6 billion last year on decorations, candy and costumes. What was once essentially a children’s holiday has become a cultural juggernaut, and as it has, Halloween has become an increasingly controversial and at times divisive topic in the Christian community. But it doesn’t have to be, and to that end I humbly offer a few thoughts.… Continue reading
I have always enjoyed the arrival of October. Contrary to most, I actually like the cooler weather and the change in seasons. I enjoy the crisp air, lower humidity, harvest festivities and the subsequent preparation for winter. But October also brings with it a certain line of decor, which has expanded tremendously in recent years as many anticipate the beginning of the holiday season with the unofficial one, Halloween. Yet, in spite of its “fake holiday” status, Halloween boasts the 4th most popular holiday in America.
Now, I have my opinions as to whether Christians should, or should not participate, but every Christian falls, more or less, into one of three categories.… Continue reading
The last time I celebrated Halloween was 1988. I was 4 years old and dressed up as Big Bird. My family did the traditional thing: dress-up, go door to door at night, say “trick or treat,” get candy, repeat, come home, spill the candy, compare with siblings, make candy trades, begin eating candies, get scolded by mom for eating too much candy, get candy taken away and told it will be rationed over the year, argue about how un-fair that was, get a spanking, get sent to bed, sneak out of bed at 1am, eat more candy, get a stomach ache, realize mom was right, sleep in the next morning because I was sick.… Continue reading