Halloween, the spooky holiday. Commonly understood as Christianity’s most controversial holiday, Halloween is the subject of much talk during the month of October. Kids, excited for a new holiday, prepare their costumes weeks in advance. Moms buy literal pounds of candy, ready to give it out to any hungry trick-or-treater. Dads buy new garden hoses, preparing to spray any potential pranksters (see Calvin and Hobbes for more details).
Today is Halloween day. In just a few hours, children will be preparing to don costumes and eat candy. Across the continent, hundreds of thousands of children wait in joyful expectation. However, many parents are anxious.
Halloween is a holiday that provides potential kidnappers easy access to stray children. On a day with throngs of children in the streets, who would miss one? This, and more, goes through every adult head during Halloween.
Despite its drawbacks, Halloween is often described as one of the most fun and enjoyable holidays that we celebrate. After all, who doesn’t love dressing up to get free candy? However, too many, Halloween isn’t a question of safety but a matter of conscience.
Across the United States, thousands of parents lock their doors and close their blinds, quietly protesting what they claim is “a dark holiday that celebrates death”. While their claims may have some legitimacy, I personally believe that all Christians should celebrate Halloween, and here’s why.