Maybe because I can’t make up my mind!
As a kid, I liked it.
As a parent, I compromised.
Now, I am conflicted about it.
Halloween has a very dark side to it, and there is a line which we as Christians mustn’t cross. It cannot be denied that Halloween has a pagan and occult origin, and many of the characters associated with it (witches, goblins, ghosts and so on) are not a mere joke. One such character that is popularly associated with Halloween is a skeleton, it is associated as a symbol of death. Well, I was a skeleton in 1964, and I wasn’t ruined by the experience; I’ve never dabbled in the occult and as an adult, I understand that the occult is terribly dangerous and evil.So is a child’s costume really that big of a deal? Maybe, maybe not.
Sometimes I wonder if making our kids skip Halloween altogether might do more harm than good. What I mean is that if everyone else is having fun, and my kids are required not to participate because we are Christians, might that end up contributing to or causing them to resent Christianity? My best answer was “maybe” so I compromised and just tried to teach them the truth as best I could and limited their costume choices. That was almost 20 years ago, and I’m still not sure I made the right call.
With that said, it always bothers me when people or churches have “Harvest” parties. Our church did that one year back when my kids were little, and even the youngest saw right through it at 4 years old. “Why do they call a Halloween party a Harvest party?” A truthful answer to that one is hard to give to a four-year old; she didn’t get it, and pronounced the whole thing “dumb.” As an adult, I understood both sides of that one.
I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the idea of my dilemma here. The good news is that my kids are grown up and have their own kids now, so I don’t have to deal with the issue, and they are much too smart to ask me what I think anyway. These days, I have nothing whatever to do with Halloween.
You might just say that there are a few good things about being older…
…and that is why I just can’t write about Halloween!