UP FOR DISCUSSION: Halloween – Should we (Christians) or shouldn’t we?

This is our first ‘UP FOR DISCUSSION’ blog.   Are you ready to chat with us?  Here’s how things will work:  We’ll present a topic, write a short post about it and then open it up for discussion (get it..that’s why it’s called UP FOR DISCUSSION lol).  We’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say.  And now for our first topic…

Halloween: Should we (Christians) or shouldn’t we?

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are falling, the cold air is creeping in and Halloween pop-up stores appear in shopping centers across the country.   Commercials fill the airwaves with messages of candy sales and what to wear to your Halloween party.  Even in the virtual world, people spend the last week of October posting pictures of this year’s costume online.

While some see this as a ‘holiday’ to let loose and celebrate, others view Halloween as something to steer clear from.  Even within the Christian community, there’s an ongoing debate about whether or not it is proper to participate.

When I was younger I remember dressing up and going trick-or-treating.  Then one year, there was a church meeting about Halloween encouraging Christians to not recognize the holiday.   After the meeting my parents explained why we’d were no longer going to participate in this holiday and that was it for my household.

In the past few weeks, I’ve read numerous articles on Christian websites (which I won’t name here) that were both pro and anti-Halloween.

We discussed it around the office but we’d love for you to join the conversation and tell us your thoughts:

Do any of you celebrate Halloween or allow your children to do so?  If so why?  If not, why not?

Did you used to celebrate Halloween and then stop?  If so, how did you break the news to your children or friends?

Or are you a Christian who used to abstain from the holiday but now recognize it?

Do you think it proper for churches to offer alternative Halloween activities?

Share with us.