Now if you follow my blogs, then you know I am a Christian. You also would probably automatically assume that would be the reason I do not celebrate. Unfortunately, not all Christians feel the same way. Also there are some Christians who never understood “why” so they have continued to participate.
Here is my story: I remember when I was younger, my mother gave me this book. It was about the size of a picture frame, maybe 8 1/2 x 12. On the cover there was a little boy and pictures of kids dressed up like ghosts and goblins….throughout this book it began to tell the origin of Halloween. It gave the foundation of “All hallows eve”, and “All saints day”. For those of you who are unfamiliar, let me give you a quick background..
‘Halloween has pagan roots stemming from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This harvest festival of the Druids ushered in the New Year, beginning on the evening of October 31, with the lighting of bonfires and the offering of sacrifices. As the Druids danced around the fires, they celebrated the ending of the summer season and the beginning of the season of darkness. It was also believed that at this time of year the invisible “gates” between the natural world and the spirit world would open, allowing free movement between the two worlds. In the 18th century, Pope Gregory III moved All Saints Day to November 1, officially making October 31 “All Hallows Eve,” as a way of claiming the celebration for Christians. However, some of the pagan beliefs and practices associated with the celebration have persisted.’ What Does the Bible Say About Halloween? By Mary Fairchild, About.com
Needless to say, this book that my mother gave me contained all of the above information, along with some great pictures I might add! I took the book with me to school. Mostly because we where having Halloween parties and the kids were starting to ask questions about my participation. Well as a young child of course I could not articulate the answer very well, so the book came in handy!
As I became older I continued to carry that book with me around that holiday. One year I recall our church having a “heaven or hell” party! It was so much fun. I think I was around 10 yrs old. I studied really hard for this day. The concept was that you would be asked questions about the bible, and of course the questions were sorted by your level of understanding and age group. But they would ask you the question, and if you got it right you went to heaven, if you got it wrong, you went to hell.
In heaven there was Angel’s food cake, and cold beverages. In hell you had Devil’s food cake, and hot chocolate! It was also explained that this was just a game to test our knowledge, in order to block the thought that this was a true process for entering heaven or hell..
I must say, by the end of the night, when I was full from both sides, and had my bag of candy to take home with me…..there was not a desire left in me to do what “the other” kids were doing. So I guess you can say that I don’t celebrate/participate/or do Halloween in the secular traditional way of the holiday. I do believe that everything we do should line up with scripture, and if there is any way to turn a negative holiday into a positive one that glorifies God…then “hey!” I’m all for it!