It’s October which brings out spooky things related to Halloween. And it brings out varying views from church folks. What do you do with it? Will you turn out the lights? Or will you be the light at Halloween? Here’s one person’s experience.
Our family has done everything at Halloween—leave town, stay home with the lights out and cringe at every doorbell ring, give candy to kids with scary masks, go to/throw fall festivals, not carve pumpkins/carve pumpkins. Back in the day when we were a “leave town or turn off the lights” family, I felt like Halloween was evil and we just needed to avoid it.
Then I read an essay by a Christian man who talked about being a light in the darkness. His approach was that he didn’t want to be the one house in the community—on a night that children came to his door—that wouldn’t receive them. And I remembered those curmudgeons from my childhood. Whatever their reasons for not opening their doors to us, I wasn’t sure of. But they weren’t people who conveyed love and acceptance for us trick-or-treaters.
So, now I take a more moderate approach. We don’t decorate, but we do have a giant bowl of candy that has way too much left over at the end of the night—even though we give handfuls to kids no matter what age they are.
Is it the right approach? It is for us. Everyone must decide before God how to handle it.
Our ministries face the same question. How will we handle Halloween? Will we take a lights-off approach? Or will we point toward the Light at Halloween?
Share your ministry’s approach in the comments section below.