According to the CNN Belief Blog’s article, A Christian debate over Halloween: Counter, co-opt, or embrace it?, there are varying Christian opinions on how to approach Halloween.
I’m not sure how they can call this in-house debate news, as this isn’t new–Christians have struggled with this pagan holiday since its inception 1400 years ago.
Christian options, noted in the radio broadcast, are: attend a church’s harvest carnival instead of trick-or-treating; go trick-or-treating, embrace the fun and indulge your sweet tooth; go to a hell house–listen to the broadcast or watch the video below to get a visceral feel for this alternative.
Historically, our family has wavered. Most years we either took the kids trick-or-treating and/or had candy ready for the neighbor kids. Some years we darkened the house and disappeared.
If it comes up on Judgment Day, I’m not sure what I’ll say. “I wasn’t sure, I was confused,” comes to mind.
I don’t want to give Satan celebration, simply don’t. But, then again, I wonder if it can be innocent fun, with innocent consequences. A way to face one’s inner dark parts, put them on display, acknowledge they are there without letting them get their way or take over. Of course, some use the holiday to celebrate evil; some do heinous, dark deeds. I can’t nod to that.
Maybe the hell house is the way to go. I’ve never heard of a hell house before. I suppose it is too late to check one out this year…