I've had several people ask me about halloween and how, as a Christian family, we approach it.
The honest answer is that we are still working out the kinks so to speak...but there are some steadfast "rules" for our family, for those who are interested...keep in mind we approach this, as all things in life with Romans 14:5-9 in mind...
As a general rule we don't "celebrate" halloween. By that I mean we don't do gory, or spooky, or ghoulish or gore. We don't do anything scary. And all of that is generally a life rule for us. We don't watch scary movies or anything like that. We avoid stores with Halloween displays or the Halloween sections of stores as much as possible. We don't celebrate the dead. We rarely even use the word "halloween".
We have adopted the idea that our kids little minds are going to be filled with somethings...might as well save as much room for good as possible. As naive as I know that sounds.
We emphasize the time of year...harvest, fall, leaves changing, celebrating God's abundant blessings. We carve (silly and happy) pumpkins. We let the kids dress up on this day...as with many other days...this is their first year trick or treating...which honestly will consist of walking up one side of a block and down the other. And trick or treating this year doesn't mean it's going to happen every year...like I said, we are still working the kinks out...
And that's it. Not much more feels OK to us. And that is how WE approach it. We aren't saying that this is the way that it should be for everyone...or for every Christian for that matter but that this is what works for our family. And everything will continue to evolve as we evolve as a family and in our faith.
For the record, we don't feel like our kids are missing out...or will feel left out...or whatever...will they feel different from their peers? I hope so. I want them to glow with the light of Christ...I want people to know that they live by Christ's definition of good and not the worlds.
So that's where we stand...and now I'm curious...as a Christian what is your stand on Halloween?