It’s October and that means Halloween is on the horizon. So what are you going to do? As a pastor to families, I know this can be a hot-button issue. But I think it’s a good one for us to wrestle with in a spirit of humility. I think the big question we need to ask ourselves is, “Where are all the unbelieving families going to be on Halloween night?” Answer: they are going to be out trick-or-treating. According to the National Confectioners Association, 80 percent of adults in America plan to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, and 93 percent of children plan to go trick-or-treating. So here's the deal. If the rest of the world is out there trick-or-treating, isn't it our responsibility to be out there as well in a way that does not compromise our faith in Christ? Although I'm aware of its pagan roots, I think it is possible to participate in Halloween without celebrating evil. Indeed, most families think of Halloween as a fun night of just dressing up and getting candy.
This Halloween every family in your neighborhood is coming to your house. Let's live out the mission of God in our neighborhoods (Matt. 28:18-20). Let's permit the children to come to us (Mark 10:14). Let's love our neighbors and let our light shine (Matt. 5:16). Let's give out the best candy in the neighborhood. And let's pray for opportunities (Col. 4:2-6). Who knows … Halloween may serve as a little step into the hearts of those who live around us who so desperately need a Savior.
Note: As you know, this year Halloween falls on a Sunday. This is how we've handled that issue at our church. We will continue to meet for our regular Sunday night service, but before and after that service we also encourage our people to be lights in their neighborhood.