We do not observe Halloween or Trick / Treat...How do you handle this in your family?

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Kelly - posted on 11/02/2009

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"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day." Col 2:16

Up until a year or two ago, we did not participate in Halloween. Upon further study, I found that there are two camps at this time of year. First is the morbid celebrations initiated by the druids... scaring away evil spirits, etc. Second, there is All Saints Day (Nov 1) preceded by All Hallows (Saints) Eve celebrating the lives of saints who have gone to be with the Lord. Also Reformation Day when the church corruption was challenged. At the urging of our pastor, we decided not to let Satan have this day, but we "redeem the day" in our home. If my children choose to wear a costume, they need to be able to explain how their character brings glory to God and encourages others (our two main purposes here on earth) We carve a pumpkin not to scare away evil spirits, but to tell the "pumpkin gospel"... explaining how we are like the pumkin, and when we invite Jesus in, he takes all the yucky stuff out of our hearts (sin), he places his light (Holy Spirit) inside of us, and it makes us shine His light to guide others to Him. He makes us joyful (happy smile). We hand out candy, then go out ourselves. When we see any scary stuff, we talk about how that glorifies Satan, not God, and how most people do not even THINK about what they believe at Halloween, they just follow the crowd. We may do some of the same activities as others, but everything is intentional, and has a lesson. It has really helped our family to deal directly with the problems associated with Halloween and not hide from it.

Mary - posted on 11/01/2009

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i have never taken children trick/treatin or celebrate halloween so they dont miss it. we dont decorate the house & i dont even buy candy 2 past out 2 ppl who may celebrate this event. in my househld it's just another day.

Karen - posted on 10/31/2009

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I know this is late and maybe more useful next year. Since we lived in a neighborhood it was difficult to be in our own house, whether the porch light was on or not, the doorbell was still rung and the door was still knocked on. We felt convicted over 25 years ago about this holiday while raising our 5 children and also made the choice not to celebrate or have anything anything to do with Halloween or Trick or Treating. Instead we would take the kids to eat (usually at McDonalds) and take our time eating. Then go to the stores and look for a very special Christmas item to buy, whether it was a motion doll, music box, or special lights to decorate the house with. It was something to change the focus from negative to positive. The kids always seemed to look forward to buying something new and it being a family decision. Now that they're grown and on their own, they still choose not to celebrate this holiday because of what they were taught and shown about the truth. We did and still do celebrate Fall as a season and what it meant for the harvesters and giving thanks. Fall leaves, pumpkins (not carved or painted), and all the exciting colors that the change of seasons brings were still a part of the home decor AND we always had a glass pumpkin on the diningroom table filled with candy. So they never felt like they were missing out on anything anyways. The house was still Fall festive just not Halloween festive. Breaking the norm is hard to do but you'll find the right path for you family. Just be creative for what works for you!

Marcella - posted on 10/28/2009

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Our Local church puts on a harvest fest does your church do anything like that ? that is always a nice alternative . I am not all hoopla about the whole thing either but I do have a Day Care for school age children and every year I try to do a different theme last year I did a harvest pumkin theme this year I am doing a fear factor with lots of wierd but absolutley safe things for kids to do With my own children I really do preach to them about the dangers of halloween both physical and spiritual.I do stay away from all the ghosts withces etc and use scripture to back myself up and I do want them aware of what they need to be careful from... and some of that requires us to use balance and our good judgement as parents. Always be prayerful and God will guide you .

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Heather - posted on 10/17/2012

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Ok! everyone I know as christains taking you kids Trick & Treating is bad and peagan things doing this is evil! What about christmas we all know Jesus really not born in december he bron in manger with baby animals around him so that makes mostly around March or April so we change that how about bleave a stana claus who comes only at night while childen is sleeping really it you mom and dad puting gifes under the tree! How the chirstmass tree thing started look up and how christmas holiday start look that one up it peagan holiday to! my pont is ok we Halloween or Tick& Treat or not it up to you and you family what bleave in but yes as christains it bad and evil stuff to take away the eveil sprits that are there on Holloween night. But as christians we do other pegan holiday is bad? But we can't do Halloween but we still do these other holidays incuding christmas and do they stuff as well ?so that mean you all stope doing chirstmas to!?Tell me on this what you all think we americans stope doing that holiday and other holidays that all peagan holidays that we all americans celebrities all this holidays each year. But you all think Halloween is bad and you all don't do becuse of god! Don't get wrong I bleave in God and Jesus my self and I go to church but we do this Peagan holidays What you all think on that to tell what you think!

Lizelle - posted on 11/01/2009

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It must be difficult if everyone around you is doing it but that doesn't mean being different is wrong. We treat it just like any other day and honestly answer the children's questions regarding it and why we don't celebrate it. But we make up for it on other occasions like birthdays. We have three children and buy two of them smaller gifts on the birthday girl/boy's birthdays so they all have something to be happy about.

Brittany - posted on 11/01/2009

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We don't decorate. I just decorate the house for Thanksgiving, and let my daughter dress as something cute for Trick or Treating. We stay away from scary/devilish things.

Lashonda - posted on 11/01/2009

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For my family we have never celebrated it as it is a pagan holiday celebrating the dead. When they come to the door we do not answer it or we will post a sign letting people know not to come to this house for candy. If they get candy throughout the year then there is no "loss in trick or treating". We do plan on making that night into a fun filled family night.

Becky - posted on 10/31/2009

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We don't celebrate Halloween either.. my son is 11 yrs old and has only been trick or treating one time and that was when he was only a few weeks old. I wasn't serving God at that time. My daughter is 15 and went up until she was around 5 years old. I just explained to them why we don't do it and they have been okay with it so far. We usually find something fun to do, like going for ice cream or goint out to eat.. just depends on the mood of the day. We ALWAYS buy candy for the kids though so they dont feel left out as far as getting the "goodies" go. When my son was in the lower grades, I also talked to the teacher and they gave him something else to do while they read their scary stories.. He didn't like hearing them or being involved and even the teachers said that they noticed that he would withdrawl during these times so it is nice to talk to the teachers if your kids go to secular schools!

This year we went shopping all day and out for pizza. We also went to a pumpkin farm where some really neat pumpkins had been carved out.. some were of crosses and other religious art and of course, some were not.. but we survived the trip and all in all, it was fun!

April - posted on 10/31/2009

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i take my girls trick or treating but i always tell them about how its just for fun and to get candy. but nothing else. i think its ok as long as u teach them thats its for fun and a way to dress up with ur friends as long as there not dressing up evil like. it has to be something sweet and stuff.

Kemocka - posted on 10/31/2009

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We don't do it either in my home, but our church does HALLELUJAH NIGHT like most churches. They can dress up in Christ like characters and do trunk-o-treat and its pretty cool and the kids love it.

Christina - posted on 10/31/2009

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We have Hallelujah Night at our church. We set up a carnival with games, the kids earn tickets, and then can trade those for prizes (Walmart toys etc.) and then receive a bag of candy at the end with a tract in it. It is open to the community and we have had as many as 600 people join us for this. Our kids all dress up in western clothes and there is a contest for the best dressed cowboy/cowgirl. We have a great time reaching out to the community in a Christian way on a pagan holiday.

Nicole - posted on 10/30/2009

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We do not do anything, we may do the church "harvest party" if we are feeling up to it. I have no problems with picking up some costumes on the clearance rack for cheap, so my kids can play dress up for the rest of the year, but we just see it as another day that we get to enjoy with our family and not really a holiday. Before we were saved we did it every year and it was usually more stressfull than it was worth!

Glynis - posted on 10/30/2009

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My children are 27,22 and 20 and we have never celebrated halloween. My children where fine with it then and they are now. I have always explain to my children that it was a DAY that christ doesn`t observe as a good day. Not that people that do observe this day are bad, just that we don`t celebrate it, dress up or other wise.

Brenda - posted on 10/30/2009

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Our church has had a family night on October 31st of every year. We do not allow any kind of costumes. We serve hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, cotton candy and have blow up slides and games of that sort. We have church family that have horses, they bring and let the children ride on the horses. This year is going to be different. We used to have a $2.00 fee to cover the cost of things, when the economy began to get bad, this year is even going to cost more and we won't be having the blow up slides and sorts of games like that. We are having a western theme, with ribs and chcken plates for $6 and hamburgers and hot dogs. We are having inside games with prizes for children and adults. At the end we give each child a bag of candy. We also have cake walks, whick everyone enjoys. The church has volunteers to man the games and bake the cakes and cook for the night. We are also having using this time to have a fund raiser for the church. We are having a Country Store with homemade things in there to sell. Also selling some clothes that are in good condition for $1.00 each, just for the fundraiser.It is going to be fun. Maybe you can get your church to have one next year or find a church that is sponsoring one and go support it. We have all kinds of churches having all sorts of things going on. Last year one church gave away a car.

Melanie - posted on 10/30/2009

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Most of the time we have just gone away for the night and done something else. But now that our daughter is in a Christian School, they have a "Noah's Ark " party where the kids dress like animals and play some games, etc. That's pretty nice...

Cindy - posted on 10/30/2009

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Put a Christian tract in a baggie with the candy (there are ones especially for kids on Halloween)! My kids have had fun handing these out if we're home on Halloween. What a great way to spread the gospel!

Theresa - posted on 10/30/2009

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When my children were younger we had a family fun night. Every year it was different and bible themed. The house lights were off so no one came to our door. I made our activities fun for the age of the children. Many churches also have Fall harvest type programs on the 31st. You could look into something like that for your children. Some Christians don't think that that is even right, if that is your beliefs, why not just get a good family movie, some pop corn and cuddle up and watch. I think sometimes I made too big of a deal out of not making something against our beliefs-hope that makes sense. You don't observe halloween - whats to handle. You don't do it. I had a lot of people wonder how we celebrated Christmas without santa..um...we celebrate Christmas, what does santa, lying to my children have to do with it? I liked to do family fun night to keep the kids minds active. I homeschooled at the time so something like a family fun night was not a once a year thing. Enjoy the day...just like you enjoy others.

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My home churh puts on an "All Saints Day" They practices for weeks on a play or something special to up lift Christ. Last year they had several rooms in our church all decorated like Noahs Ark, Or Garden of Edan, The Stable at the Inn where Jesus were born, and even the Tomb.. There were actors even acting the part. The kids and even adults would walk thru and listen to what Adam, Noah, David,and even the Marys had to say about the time they were in. The kids were so exicted about it. I'm really exicted to see what they have in store this year. But thats what my Family does for Halloween

Rebekah - posted on 10/29/2009

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lots of churchs run Halloween ulternaitve parties, called light parties or harvest parties that celebrate positive things we take our kids to these

Nyeema - posted on 10/29/2009

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This year, we will be having a Hallelujah Night at church. No costumes, just fun and food. If the children are at church, they are not out trick-or-treating. Besides, we will give out lots of toys and candy for them to enjoy. Personally, Ikeep my kids out of school so that they are not isolated on that day by not being in costume or bringing in "halloween themed" treats and candy. Last year we went to the nature center and to hang out with daddy at work. I haven't made up my mind what we will do this year, but it will be tomorrow, so i'd better get my thinking hat on!

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2009

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I was never allowed to go trick or treating as I was told it was worshiping satan. I did dress up for school for a few years and went to church parties, but then my Mom realized if still was still giving ground to satan, therefore we stoped. Unfortunately, I fell away from the Lord before I got married, and was married to a unsaved man (who recently accepted Christ). So for the last two years I have been fighting him on this very subject about our son. This year He has to work and no longer live near my in-laws (who also insist that it's just for candy, and like to take him) So Praise the Lord my 3yr. old son will not be going out this year. We'll be staying home working on our Awana Book!

Alice - posted on 10/29/2009

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my children are grown now, but when i learned the true meaning of Halloween i taught them it was not for us to celebrate. We celebrated other special occasions, so they were ok with it.

Nezzie - posted on 10/29/2009

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You may find this helpful from the United Church of God newsletter.



God unmasks Halloween



Does the Bible have anything to say about strange customs and holidays such as this? In fact, it does—and none of it is good.

While God's Holy Days in the Bible celebrate the role of Jesus Christ in bringing mankind to salvation in the eternal family of God, Halloween is a celebration of the opposite—of demonism, witchcraft, death and evil spirits.

God's Word makes it clear that no one should dare entertain witchcraft or act as a sorcerer. "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD" (Deuteronomy 18:10-11, emphasis added throughout).

God pronounced death on any Israelites who would dare dally with demonism or Satanism: "A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them" (Leviticus 20:27). "You shall not permit a sorceress to live" (Exodus 22:18).

Why such a harsh penalty? God did not want such perverted, demonic practices to spread among His people and corrupt others. "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst" (Deuteronomy 13:5).

Would God be against something as harmless as Halloween, especially since it allows children to have fun and enjoy a little entertainment? Can't we let them have a little harmless fun?

Frankly, Halloween is anything but harmless. It focuses one's attention on witchcraft and demonism, which flies in the face of the holy God Almighty! When parents not only allow but also encourage their children to celebrate witches and goblins, they are teaching them that it's acceptable to deal in demonism.

And we have seen what God thinks of that. God is a God of light and truth (1 John 1:5). Satan, "the god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4), is a very real being—a being of darkness, deception and death (Revelation 12:9; John 8:44). We are to have nothing to do with his ways.

Do not assume that Halloween is a harmless holiday. God hates mankind's dabbling in the spirit world of Satan and his demons!

If there were no other reason available, that should be enough. But there are more reasons. Halloween keeps humankind, and many Christians, confused, disoriented and separated from the one and only true God.

God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Nor is He the author of Halloween or any other "Christianized" pagan holidays (Amos 5:21). Why would the only true God who loves mankind support any worldly holiday that blinds human beings to Him and His truth and that holds men, women and children captive to deception?

Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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I also wanted to mention that Rebekah posted a sermon titled A Beacon of Light.

Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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We hand out candy in a bag with a scripture on it. I am thinking about buying some tracts to go with it. In the past we have went out trick or treating for half an hour and then came back to the house to pass out the treats, but we aren't going out this year at all. As Christians I believe that we are to let our lights shine. It's just between you and God about how you do that.

I am also planning on sharing the pumpkin story with my kids. Christians are like pumpkins. There is also one that goes with carving jack-o-lanterns about God scooping out all of the bad stuff and then placing his light in us.

Sasha - posted on 10/29/2009

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We usually have a halloween supper and watch a movie of the kids choice together and they get to pick a special snack.

Stina - posted on 10/29/2009

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We like to tape pieces of paper with bible verses on the small hershey's candy bars. This year I don't have the time to do the taping, but I figure a lollipop stuck through a paper with a verse will do the same thing.



And we do take our kids trick or treating- it's fun for them and somthing my DH really enjoyed as a kid. As they get older, I'll draw certain lines as far as what they can dress as- nothing dark and scary... and I personally don't think teens should be out trick or treating- so when mine reach that age, I may throw a party at our house for them to invite friends to so that I can control what movies and activities are going on.

Theresa - posted on 10/29/2009

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When our kids were younger we made sure that costumes were the cutesy kind- nothing evil or inappropriate. When we changed churches 4 or 5 years ago, we heard the truth about halloween and chose to not celebrate it at all. So now we find somethng fun to do as a family- maybe dinner and a movie. A few times we volunteered at a Harvest festival at a local church (ours doesn't do one). I usually buy them some of their favorite candy too- so they don't feel left out. My 11 year old still argues about wanting to go trick or treating, but oh well... I think people have gone overboard and turned it into an even more evil holiday and an excuse for adults to party!

Katie - posted on 10/29/2009

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I am thankful for this post! We have a 2 year old who just started to a special preschool. We met with the teachers and requested that our son not participate in activities related to Halloween. We asked that if they are painting black cats, that our son use a different color. If they are coloring jack-o-lanterns, could he be presented with a harvest scene or a plain pumpkin. The school has been very helpful.

Kelli - posted on 10/29/2009

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dont you think the world has changed from when we where kids-people in general just dont have a conscious anymore...not that they will worship satan its the pure evilness of it all.

Denise - posted on 10/29/2009

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Well the way I see it and have always seen it, is that this thing callled Halloween is for kids we as adults most of us enjoyed it as children and saw nothing wrong with it, were still alive and don't worship Satan I doubt very much that your children will start worshiping satan after a night filled with fun and goodies.... there are so much more to worry about as they get older this seems so small.

Kelli - posted on 10/29/2009

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everyone was very helpful ...Thanks, I know where to go with questions in the future.

Kelli - posted on 10/29/2009

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last year we carved elmo on our pumpkin...keeping it age appropriate and not "evil"

Amber - posted on 10/29/2009

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We dont celebrate halloween but last year we gave out candy BUT we put a little poem about Jesus in there... it was something likr JESUS INSTEAD it was nice I just wonder if there was any parents that went through their childs candy and read it!! I explained to my children the reason we dont celebrate halloween and even tho the oldest is soon to be 5 she understands and loves the Lord!!

Amy - posted on 10/28/2009

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We do not do anything with halloween either. My son knows it too. My parents have taken him tricker treating. So unfortionaly he has tasted it and likes it and asks us questions. We tell him the truth and we have told my parents not to take him out in it. We turn out the porch lights and everything. But we still have some knock on our door and we just do not answer it. We try to get out of the house that night. We do not know what else to do. Should we put a sign out. I used to hand out tracks and my husband does not approve of that either. I liked it because it tells people about our Lord and savior.

Beth - posted on 10/28/2009

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My children are at the age where they want to dress up and get candy and always admire the decorations in all of our neighbors yards but I don't want to glorify Halloween in any way. Our new church didn't do anything about it last year so this year I took it upon myself to put on a Harvest Party at our church. My goal is to make it so fun that the kids don't even ask to trick-or-treat next year, because they will get so much candy and have enough fun without it. It's ok to be the one to take action and do something about it. At the end of our Halloween my kids will hear a Bible message told from Batman and other characters! Who could beat that!

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We carve pumpkins for the enjoyment and never do anything scarry. Our daughter (3) loves going outside and lighting it. We also made little ghost to hang from a small tree in the front. We made them from plastic bags. I don't encourage the belief in supernatural, or anything that is too much for my daughter. We go to the Halellujah fest at the church is lieu of trick or treating.

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I totally agree! I think halloween is a satanic holiday and as a born again christian i and my family will take no part in it.

Dorrease - posted on 10/28/2009

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Quoting Kelli:

We do not observe Halloween or Trick / Treat...How do you handle this in your family?



Well what we do is watch movies and pig out. We turn all of the lights out go into my bedroom just tell stories and watch movies. Make it fun for the kids we don't observe it either. Play lots of games buy candy and have each child go n their room close the door le the otherr knock on it and give them candy or whatever u purchase lil toys, clay popcorn balls whatever just have fun. Good luck

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kelly....what is a track?



in our part of the world, if you want to partipate, you leave your porch light on. there are many who do and many who don't. houses without porch lights on, are not disturbed, but respected for that choice. it is very nice to experience the respectnfor nonparticipation!

Nadia - posted on 10/28/2009

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we go to the high light party run every year at our church the kids love it they dont feel like theyre missing out great fun

Darcel - posted on 10/27/2009

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Raised Christian I really wanted the candy more than the holiday, so my mother shamelessly bought a bag of my favoriate candy on November 1st. It was 1/2 price. When I was in college I visited a neighborhood church's fall festival on Halloween. No costumes, just food, games, and fun. Kind of a respectable event for children who may feel left out of the holloween celebrations

Susi - posted on 10/27/2009

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my children are 11 and 15. They have never gone out for halloween. When they were younger we just told them that it was the devils night. people were making him happy and not Jesus. They were happy with that answer. After the night was over we would go buy some candy that were on sale so they too could have goodies. Now our 11 year old daughter gives out christian tracks with a candy to her class mates.

Cheryl - posted on 10/27/2009

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Not only are we Christians and down play all the scary stuff ofr the harvest theme, my husband is a dentist and would wish this "holiday" away. We have a dress up bin all year so the dressing up isn't that big a thing but we let them dress up. A few years, we've done harvest parties with other little friends. One year we did tracts with candy, we've done whistles, BillyBob teeth, playdoh and stickers. I don't know if we're thought of as the wierdo of the neighborhood or what....

This year a friend's church is having a Harvest Party so we won't be home! Yey!

Victoria - posted on 10/27/2009

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We have hallelujah night at church the mid week bible study prior to halloween. We tape scripture onto bags of chips that we then have out kids had out (seed treats). At church we lay hands on & pray over the seed treats (commanding the angels to keep the scripture in the homes of those who received them). The member of the church all bring candies & treats in for our kids & each one goes home with a big bag full, to eat (some of) while they hand out the seed treats to the kids that come by on halloween night. We also have a Hallelujah movie afternoon at our church on the day that the public schools hold their costume parades & parties. We get all the kids popcorn, juice & a caramel apple & let them vote on a movie to play on the projector at the church.

Melissa - posted on 10/27/2009

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New here. When my kids were growing up we did not celebrate Halloween we told them the truth about what it was. one year we went to a carmen interview sometime we did dinner and a movie but you will run into alot of people celebrating sometimes we stayed home and played games.. One thing we did do is buy dress up outfits and had and played dress on family nights so they never felt they were missing cause it was something they did year round nothing pagan just dress up, but we started at a young age that when kids asked them don't you miss getting into costumes and pretending they said they did that all the time.

Catheline - posted on 10/27/2009

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I agree with Kimisha and Anna. We don't take part in any form. And Anna I think its a great idea to place a track in the bags of the trick-o treaters, usually just let them know we don't celebrate Halloween and don't have any candy.

Anna - posted on 10/27/2009

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we don't take part of Halloween either (in any form). On that night we plan something as a family. We go out and do something, or get a movie, or play games. If somebody comes to our door, my husband will ussually put a track in their bag, but we don't give out candy.

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