What to do with Halloween?
Halloween is a popular holiday celebration in the United States. In some circles, both children and adults dress in costumes as princesses, policemen or pirates. They attend parties where games and edible goodies abound. Children may even visit the homes of their neighbors uttering the familiar phrase, “Trick or treat” and receive a piece of candy.
In other circles the day is used to honor evil. People dress as ghouls and goblins, attend parties, drink alcohol and carouse, or even call upon demons or Satan in worship.
Cats and bats, spiders and pumpkins abound in stores, on posters, and as yard decor. As I understand the Bible, all these were created by God (Genesis 1:11-12, 24) for His glory. Man may take these creatures of God’s good creation and turn them into symbols of pagan ritual or belief, but that doesn’t make them objects of evil to avoid or demonize.
So it is with October 31st.
Every day is a gift from God meant to honor Him. Every day of every week of every year belongs to Him no matter what anyone calls that day or how he uses it. Rather than shunning a given day as evil or Satan’s high holy day, I’ll sing with the Psalmist, This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). Today is a day unto the Lord (Romans 14:6).
What the Lord God has intended for good, we should not surrender to evil.