Why Do I Celebrate Halloween?

As a follower of Jesus, I have mixed feelings about Halloween. Because of its original roots, I hesitate to give it much credence. It bothers me to know that most of its traditions stem from fear of ghosts and death. That’s just NOT something that I want to celebrate.

Nevertheless, I have very fond memories of trick-or-treating as a young person. I remember one Halloween when I was about 13, running around the small Arkansas town close to where I lived. I was with a large group of friends, it was pitch black outside, and we were having an amazing time! After all, who doesn’t like to dress up, run around the neighborhood, and collect a ton of candy?! So, because of memories like these, I let my son participate in Halloween.

However, whenever my son wants to decorate the house with spiders, ghosts, etc., and I say no. I tell him that I’ll decorate with pumpkins, gourds, and Fall-ish things, but I refuse to decorate with scary things. I’m especially not going to put spiderwebs on my door; I have enough of those as it is!

So if you come to my house for Halloween, I’ll give you cavities by handing out candy, but don’t expect anything scary. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to show that He is Victor, even over death! Halloween is for celebrating LIFE, not death!

However, if you want to swipe a real cobweb or two from around my door, feel free. Those spiders would be better off at your house!

 Photo by Kevin Dooley