How to Honor Jesus this Halloween

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Every October Christians wonder how to interact with Halloween.

The reason we struggle with this is on one level Halloween is a fun light-hearted holiday. Seriously, what is more fun than to have your kids dress up and and collect free candy. All parents love pilfering that mountain of candy their kids collect! Adults also love having Halloween parties themselves spending time with friends.

At the same time there is a dark side to Halloween. The roots of Halloween are embedded deep into paganism and the occult. Behind the fun there is a specter of a non-Christian worldview and celebration of evil deeds and darkness.

So what should a Christ follower do? I suggest the following three thoughts on Halloween.

  1. Don’t fully embrace the holiday.

Halloween is fun but be careful which elements of it you participate in. Abstain from anything that makes you feel uncomfortable because it has occult origins or active practice. Avoid movies or shows that portray spiritual violence or hauntings. (Scooby Do is ok!) Be very aware of the things your children see or participate in. Ouija boards and all things occult should be avoided. The reason I counsel wisdom in this area is because followers of Jesus should be careful to not enter into any occult activity.

  1. Redeem the holiday by practicing community with other believers.

Go have fun with other followers of Jesus. Use this time as an opportunity to spend time with people from your church. My family and I are using this as an excuse to have our kids trick or treat with some friends from our church that we enjoy spending time with.

  1. Redeem the holiday by embracing mission.

We are called to be salt and light in our community. Most of us struggle to interact with our neighbors. Halloween is unique. It is the only day of the year that neighbors will come to your door and want to interact with you. What a great opportunity to meet people in a natural way and invite them to church.

I hope this Halloween will be a lot of fun for you and your family. My prayer is that you will begin a new friendship with someone that will transform both of your lives for the glory of God.


Written by Mike Harder

Mike was born and raised as a missionary kid in Bogota, Colombia. After moving to the states, Mike attended Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minn., and graduated with a B.A. in Church Ministry. He then moved to Memphis and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike and his wife, Tabitha, and their two daughters, Abigail and Violet, live in Brentwood, Tenn. He has written two studies for LifeWay: In Transit: What Do You Do with Your Wait? and Jaded. His passions are coffee, friendships and basketball.