We don’t do Santa either. Or the Easter Bunny. Or the Tooth Fairy. I know, we can’t be American can we.
“What are you going to be for Halloween little girl?”
“Uh, we don’t do Halloween.”
Crickets….(just like when people ask Reagan what grade she’s in. She says, “I’m in a mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I’m homeschooled.” People don’t really know how to respond.)
People are thinking, “OH, you’re one of those families…”
This is by no means a post meant to slam those of you who do Halloween. If I had to guess, all of you reading this participate in it. I understand that Halloween can be tempered down for the little kids, just like Santa can be worked into Christmas with Jesus; we have just decided to do neither. (I’ve never figured out how the Easter Bunny can be worked into a holiday which celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus though. Easter is not about spring.)
God convicts each person and each family of different things. I think this helps us to learn grace and love for our fellow man. He has convicted us personally that to participate in Halloween is to participate in things that don’t honor God at all. He may not have convicted you about this. That’s fine. Halloween isn’t a salvation issue. But for us, to glorify witches, ghosts, wizards, dead things, etc. just screams against what God is about: Life and Love.
Historically on the 31st of October we have turned off all our lights and traipsed around the house in the dark, whispering because kids still come up and ring your doorbell even when the lights are off. Lately we have taken to getting out of the house so we’re at least not bothered by the doorbell and not held prisoner in our own house.
Here’s what we’re doing this year. Our church puts on a Fall Festival for kids and we’re going to be volunteering at that. We thought this Festival was just for the kids for our church, a church of around 300. We. were. wrong. The Fall Festival has grown throughout the years and this year they expect about 6,000 people to move through the Montgomery Coliseum. It’s an outreach event to be able to talk to the families of Montgomery while they’re having fun in a safe environment. I’m pretty excited about it. These kids will be hearing the Good News instead of being inundated with images that aren’t right at all. They’re still going to be scoring insane amounts of candy, but that’s an issue for their parents.
So, don’t hate because we don’t participate. There’s always silence following our statement of “we don’t do Halloween.” What in the world for? We’re doing the work of the Kingdom on a night that has become a night to celebrate the king of the air.
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