As October 31st approaches, everywhere you go there are store displays of candy and all kinds of costumes with pictures of kids having fun. As a Christian, you may choose not to observe a holiday that encourages dressing up as witches and goblins and in effect glorifies the devil. However, sometimes it is difficult to explain to your young children why everyone is out having fun while you stay secluded at home with the porch lights turned off.
Some Christians suggest that being visible on this day is the best way to make a statement for Christ. They make a point of participating, using Christian symbols and their cheerful attitude to make it known that Christ is first in their heart and home every day.
The following are a few suggestions from Christians who have chosen to have fun on October 31st while using the day to share Christ’s love with others.
One family let their children go trick-or-treating with their friends – wearing costumes that were not scary or gory. Upon returning, the children divided their candy, put it into small bags and took it to a nearby homeless shelter to share with the children and adults there.
Carving pumpkins is always a fun family event. Try carving a cross in one. How about carving “God Loves You” using the heart symbol for ‘Loves’. Do this in one pumpkin or one pumpkin for each of the three words. Surround these with smiley-faced pumpkins, potted mums and Indian corn. While handing out candy, you will be showing that each and every day belongs to God in your home. Share Christ with the parents, without saying a word except to offer them a cup of hot cider.
Increase the “Good News” message by playing contemporary Christian music while greeting your guests.
Many churches are having parties at the church on October 31st. This is a great idea if parents make sure their children are aware of the reason they don’t participate in Halloween festivities in the usual way. Instead they are celebrating Christ’s love and fellowship. This is also the perfect opportunity for your children to invite their un-churched friends to a fun, non-threatening party.
If you choose to leave the porch lights out and make your statement of faith by not participating in Halloween, as I often have, make sure to be cheerful and loving to neighbors and to strangers on every other day of the year. May I suggest that during the Christmas season, you make plenty of yummy baked goods to share with your neighbors. Let them know that Christmas is a holiday that is well worth celebrating.
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