OK, I admit it...I love Halloween.
The costumes, the trick-or-treat, the candy, everything.
In fact, as I write this post, I am sitting in my living room waiting for another knock on our door so I can dole out candy bars and Skittles to another cute kid.
I know that many people would say a Christian shouldn't love Halloween, but I do. I always have. It was great fun as a kid dressing up and going around the neighborhood collecting candy, and then stuffing my face with it after I got home. And then when our kids were growing up, Halloween was almost more fun for our family than Christmas. I still remember some of the more hilarious costumes our kids wore. They were usually quite creative. My favorite was the year David wore a Richard Nixon mask.
The churches I've served (until the present one) seemed to think Christian children ought to have a "Halloween alternative" (which translated means: dress up as Bible characters, Disney characters, football players, etc. - just not witches and ghosts and demons - and collect candy and stuff your face with it after you get home). I was never a big fan of those events. I have always felt that Halloween gives Christian families an unparalleled opportunity to walk around the neighborhood, meet the neighbors we rarely talk to the rest of the year, have fun with the kids, and show people we're normal. It has always bothered me that many Christians withdraw from the culture and have their "alternative" celebrations.
I know the arguments, and if you believe Christians shouldn't participate in Halloween I see your point. I just think that, as long as your kids aren't dressing up like Satan or something, it's pretty harmless. It's a time for community, for family, for being salt and light.
And eating a lot of candy.