Halloween can be a testy topic for Christians. Some families forsake it completely, while others try to find ways to let their little ones enjoy the candy and costumes without the celebration of darkness and death.
Whatever your family chooses to do on this historically dark holiday, there is no question it’s a wonderful opportunity to share Christ’s light with the world–especially your own children.
You might find many questions arise from friends or around your own family table at this time of year, so be prepared to share the truth of the Gospel!
Michelle Lazurek of Crosswalk shares her trips for being missional-minded on Halloween.
Know the Word
Lazurek remembers a time that her child asked her what a ghost was after hearing from a friend at school that ghosts are dead people who come back to haunt the living.
“Knowing what the Bible has to say about the paranormal can help educate your children on what’s right and wrong about the dark side. Many people (including Christians) are confused about whether or not ghosts are real and if what is glorified in TV and movies is a part of the spiritual realm or just a fabricated story,” she writes. “Yet, the Bible speaks clearly about the paranormal.”
“Use Halloween as an opportunity to make your kids more aware of what the word of God says about this (and many other current issues),” she suggests. “Deuteronomy 18:10-11, Luke 24:39, and Romans 8:38 are great places to start.”
Reach the Lost
Halloween is one of those rare occasions where it’s more socially acceptable to talk to strangers. Take advantage!
“God is a God of redemption,” Lazurek writes. “This includes a day that celebrates the occult. Instead of dreading the day (as I have done in the past), see it as an opportunity to meet people you would never meet otherwise. Can you imagine the celebration in heaven if the people you met on a day intended for evil resulted in someone’s salvation?”
Redeem it, Don’t Avoid It
“You don’t have to slam a Bible over someone’s head to impact someone’s life,” Lazurek reminds us. “If you give out candy, attached a piece of paper to it with a Bible verse. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8) is a great verse, as well as Proverbs 16:24 and Psalm 119:103. Also, let the neighbor kids know that if they ever feel unsafe at any point in the night (other kids harassing them, they get lost, etc.) your house is a ‘safe house.’ Reassure the kids that they can come to your house and stay there until you can contact their parents.”
She also recommends setting up a local Trunk or Treat with your church so community members who might not otherwise think of going to church will feel more comfortable stopping by (everyone loves free candy!)
At the end of the day, if your aim is to glorify Christ and share his message of hope and redemption, the Lord will be faithful.
“Whatever you choose to do when October 31st rolls around, make sure you put Christ at the center of it,” she concludes. “What the enemy intends for evil, you can turn into something good.”
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