This is a short post explaining my position on Halloween. It has not been written to judge anyone else, but just for me to talk a little bit about my opinion. Also, I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty topical right now. I don’t want this post to be massively long, so I’m not going to go into the history of Halloween. If you don’t know it already, it won’t be hard to find out about thanks to the power of Google. Instead, I’m going to respond to the version of Halloween that we have now and try to be honest with you about my feelings on it.
Modern Halloween is seen as a time for fun and parties. It’s a time for kids to dress up, run around the streets and get food, for teenagers to get very drunk whilst wearing more ridiculous clothes than normal, and for adults to either go along with it in good humour or to be seen as miserable ‘party-poopers’ (depending on whether or not they give the aforementioned kids sweets during ‘trick-or-treat’). It’s just a bit of harmless fun, right?
You might think me a bit crazy for this, but I believe that demons exist. I believe that there is a spiritual realm as well as this one, and that some of those monsters that kids like to dress up as are very, very real. I know, whacky, isn’t it? How could an educated guy in the 21st century believe that? In brief, I see a lot of crazy things going on in the world today and I don’t see anyone providing valid reasons for why these things can’t exist. The point is, those things that kids dress up as, those fairy tales, those imagined nightmares…well to an extent, they’re real. And I know that I’m not alone in this view. For centuries, Christians have known that our battle is not with flesh and blood, but with things beyond that.
Once you start believing things like that, it doesn’t take long for Halloween to become repulsive to you. It is the trivialisation, even celebration, of everything that you hate. I cannot be part of a celebration like that. To be completely honest, I even struggle with the idea of light parties (the popular Christian alternative to Halloween). Although I know the reasons for why we do them, and I’m not suggesting that there’s anything sinful in light parties themselves (far from it), I just don’t see why our kids have feel like there’s anything specific to celebrate on October 31st.
I promised this would be short, so I’m not going to drag it out much longer. Halloween represents a celebration of the real evil in this world. It trivialises it and teaches kids that it’s harmless. You might think that I’m mad, or maybe just a bit over the top, but this is what I firmly believe. This is why I cannot partake in any sort of celebration on Halloween.