I had a great time yesterday during Halloween, and I am sure many of you did as well! However, there is always more than one side of the celebration. Unfortunately, many people use October 31 as an excuse to do evil and scary things to others. For that reason, many Christians believe that Halloween is the devil's holiday.
Ironically, Halloween started as a Christian holiday. November 1, or All Hallows Day, is a holiday where we recognize the Saints and Martyrs of Christ, and traditionally, All Hallows Eve was a feast in preparation for a day of remembrance. This is only one of the origins of Halloween, as there are many, but this one proves that it was never meant to be an evil day, at least to some people.
Though I agree that it can be a day dedicated to mischief and terror, I also believe that it can be a day dedicated to love, fun, and thanking the Lord for raining down blessings upon our lives!
To me, the act of receiving candy symbolizes the kindness of humanity, and the abundance of our lives. We are privileged enough to live in a country where it is safe to dress up and go door to door receiving FREE treats during one night out of the whole year!
1 Corinthians 10:31 states: Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
On Halloween, instead of dressing scary, we can dress as something funny, or cool. Instead of "worshiping the devil" we can have family devotionals and prayer time, to thank God for His protection, provision, and general goodness!
Remember that as Christians, we are ambassadors for Christ! Do you think that Jesus would cower in fear condemning all those who take part in "evil", or do you think he would join in the festivities and use it to preach the Gospel?
On this All Hallows Day, as we commemorate the Martyrs and Saints remember that all things work together for His good!