It’s October! And besides the fact that fall has come, birthdays and anniversaries- many people are looking forward to the fun, scariness and candy of Halloween, right?
But what if Halloween was never meant to be fun. What if candy is a lure for something bigger? What if the “scary” aspect is scarier than you know. What if dressing up isn’t really harmless? What if…
I have never once participated in Halloween, because I’m a Christian. But my parents decided that instead of just telling us “we don’t celebrate it” they would sit us down and tell us why. They told us the realities behind Halloween so that someday we we’re old enough to make our own choices we won’t decide to participate just to rebel. They told us so that we’ll have full understanding of what we’re doing/allowing.
Even if you’re not a Christian, I urge you to hear me out. It might just save your life or someone else’s.
Halloween is not about candy. When it first came about it didn’t involve candy. It was a holiday for real witches and wizards to sacrifice other humans. They would go from door to door looking for virgins and children. If you gave them what they wanted you’d get a supposed “treat”, protection from harm or death. If you didn’t give them what they wanted you’d get a “trick”, they’d send harm or death your way.
Maybe you say “well it’s not like that now.” That’s not true. Did you know, 10% of all kids that go trick-or-treating don’t return home? What if your child or someone you loved didn’t come home after trick-or-treating. Was the candy worth it? For the sake of candy we throw caution to the wind thinking “one in a million” but really, it’s 100,000 in a million… Does that seem small to you?
Let’s talk about simple things for a moment. We’re told, “don’t talk to, take candy from, go with or into a strangers house.” But on Halloween night, what does everyone do? Talk to, take candy from, go with and into strangers houses. Usually alone. And, guys, contrary to popular belief, though going with an older sibling or in groups, maybe cuts 10% to 5%, but that’s still 50,000 people! It doesn’t change much. We’re still losing lives.
Think for a moment, if you go trick-or-treating with your younger sibling and someone wants to harm you, do you think you could stop them? Could you account for every possible way they could try? Likely not, just for the fact you can’t even think of every possible way…
This is serious, I care about you, so I’m asking, count up the cost. Also, I hope you’ll see when I make the adamant statement Christians should not celebrate Halloween. You’ll see I’m not judging, I’m being a realist. Birthday parties have cake and ice cream, but it is not the point of a Birthday party. You are there to celebrate the life of a person. Halloween has candy, but the point of celebration is the celebrate death and evilness. Christians are about celebrating life!
Guys, I care about you. And if you don’t believe me, one of my heart’s desires is to have close friends. I love you guys, so I’m risking you not sharing my conviction, and losing you as a friend, to ask you to count up the cost. It’s not as fun as it looks and there are PLENTY of ways to have fun eating candy without you putting your life at risk…
What are your thoughts?