Halloween: A teaching moment for Christian faith parents
WASHINGTON, October 29, 2015 – As Halloween excitement builds for kids all over America, is it possible for Christian parents to celebrate a fun holiday with their children? The challenge for these families is real because Halloween has been tied to the glorification of satanic beliefs in movies, songs, literature and television.
So where does that leave those who do not want to compromise their faith?
Noted actor and successful Hollywood Christian filmmaker Kirk Cameron has recommended a pathway that many parents may find quite helpful and reassuring. Cameron pointed out that early Christians would dress up in costumes as the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches precisely to make the point that those things were defeated and overthrown by the resurrected Jesus Christ,” according to the Christian Post.
Cameron went on to say,
“Christians have always known since the first century that death was defeated, that the grave was overwhelmed, that ghosts, goblins, devils are foolish has-beens who used to be in power but not anymore. That’s the perspective Christians should have.”
Parents may wish that Cameron could have been a bit more explicit in also providing avenues for parents. But his points can be used as a guide.
Parents can use Halloween as a teachable period to remind their children about what Halloween represents and also what values and principles their family represents. Use Cameron’s suggestion that Christians can use Halloween as a way to educate, inform and promote God with celebrations in homes, communities and schools is a useful idea.
Some Christian parents hold “Harvest Parties” as an alternative to typical Halloween parties and celebrations. Children celebrate Christian and Biblical heroes by dressing up as them. Show kids that the darkness of secular Halloween celebrations can be transformed into Christian celebration parties.
Whether a parent calls the Halloween day event a harvest party or a Christian autumn victory party, parents should not simply sit still and do nothing. This is the time where children learn lessons in standing up for one’s faith and that silence is betrayal of their faith.
Instead, during the Christ-centered party discuss happily the Bible verses that young kids and older children and teens can say and even use in games. Some of these games can include hot potato or musical chairs. For instance, in musical chairs the last one sitting in the chair recites a Bible verse.
In the end everyone wins.
According to Christian Answers here are some Biblical verses which can be used as teachable guides for your children at Halloween.
- Proverbs 22:6—“train a child in the way he should go”
- Philippians 4:8—”think about pure, lovely, noble things”
- Romans 13:12—“put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
- Hosea 4:6—“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22—“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
- 3 John 1:11—“do not imitate what is evil”
- Deuteronomy 18:9-14—”do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft”
Parents have an opportunity this Halloween to reinforce or introduce their children and others to a reawakening of Christian values that can be defended and protected on this day. This can be the day when children learn that Halloween is not a battle or fight against non-Christians or even secular institutions and occultists who promote the darker aspects of this celebration.
Instead, children should learn that the fight is “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12.
Christian parents should make this a holiday event that can and will last a lifetime.