Depending on your background and personal convictions, Halloween is either really exciting or really dark. Or something in between. Though most people tend to feel strongly one way or the other, there are actually important issues involved in the way we celebrate Halloween, and developing a clear-cut biblical response to this complex holiday is not as simple as we sometimes make it seem.
In the spirit of thinking theologically about everything (which is more or less what this whole blog is devoted to), I’m linking to a few blog posts that we ran last year at this time. In these three posts, I explained why I was cool with my kids trick-or-treating, my colleague and friend Chris Hay explained why he wasn’t, and our friend and colleague Matt Swaney made us both look foolish (jk, jk, jk—but seriously…) by explaining that he decides the issue “missionally.”
If this is something you’re wrestling with at all, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read three different approaches taken by three people who are committed to honoring God on October 31.