Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Christian Style

Halloween has long been a controversial subject among Christians. Some say there's nothing wrong with dressing up and trick-or-treating, while others think it's evil because it started as a Druid holiday (although Christians took the holiday and turned into All Hallow's Eve, the day before the Day of the Dead). Many churches have come up with an alternative that preserves all the fun of costumes and candy, but without the spooky undertones: the Fall Festival.

I went to my first Fall Festival this past Sunday. It was just like the Halloween parties I went to when I was a boy; they had pumpkin carving, a pinata, a costume contest, and "trunk-or-treating" where the grown ups handed out candy from the trunks of their cars (it's much more innocent than it sounds). The only difference from my old childhood Halloween parties is there were no kids dressed as either devils or witches.

Here are few pictures:

Here's me and my pastor. Yes, folks, that's the same man I take spiritual guidance from!

Many families decorated their trunks.

The classic candid youth group shot.

Of course if the Fall Festival isn't scary enough, there's always The Tribulation Trail.

Located near Atlanta, GA, the Tribulation Trail is "an outdoor walk through drama. It portrays the end of times as recorded by John in the book of Revelation. Each scene tells the story of truth and will ultimately lead you to a time of decision. It takes approximately 90 minutes to walk through." Ah yes, nothing says Halloween than scaring people into believing in Jesus!

Or you could do what Kimberly Daniels did and write about the evils of Halloween on CBN's blog. The original article is no longer online, but according to Huffington Post, Daniels said that "most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches." Maybe that's why Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are so addictive.

However you celebrate Halloween, may it be a happy and safe one!

2 comments:

  1. I find it interesting how we Christians somehow manage to recognize the value of being involved in the lives of everyone around us, and yet feel the need to distance ourselves from the way they do things.
    To me, there is little difference between haunted houses, hell houses, judgment houses, or tribulation trails--other than it's just another example of Christians wanting to have all the fun everyone else does, but somehow feeling guilty for it so they invent a different name for it.
    Not to say anything about "scaring people into believing in Jesus!"

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  2. I agree with Al.

    Moreover, it has always irked me how many Christians think anything to do with any other religion is "devil worship" or what have you. To just cast off other people's values and beliefs as evil and Satanic is just hurtful and wrong. Most religions have the same core values of kindness, compassion and love. My pagan friends are some of the most wonderful people i have ever met, and one in particular has always been an inspiration to me.
    halloween is a pagan festival, yes--but it is about the end of summer and beginning of fall/winter, and the fall harvest. Though it celebrates the coming "dark half" of the year, it has nothing to do with worshipping 'dark spirits" or "devils" or whatever. pagans celebrate the seasons of the earth. They celebrate Winter Solstice, too--which is the onset of the "lighter half" of the year. There is darkness and light, a time to sow and a time to harvest.

    if Christians are going to blend their holidays and activities with other religions' celebrations, then they should do so with respect and open-mindedness. In fact, people of ALL religions should do this, yes?

    Just my two cents. ;-)

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