Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Can a Christian celebrate Halloween in good conscience? Do you believe that Jesus came to redeem and set the captives free? That Jesus came to bring life? That Jesus came to conquer sin?

Hear me out…

We do Halloween, but we do it believing that Jesus can take what was intended for evil and flip it right around for good. Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, started out full of evil and fear, death and torment. Those are things that my Lord has defeated. They no longer have a grip on me or my family.

For us, Halloween is not a celebration of evil, fear, death and torment - God kicked those to the curb through Jesus. We celebrate family being silly together. We celebrate the community around us. We celebrate dress-up. We celebrate sweetness. We celebrate LIFE and life more abundantly.

If your background includes witchcraft or a world revolving around the dark side to Halloween, I promise, I get it. I’m not saying Halloween can’t be used for the unspeakable. Halloween might be traumatizing for you and I’m truly sorry for what you’ve experienced. But, I’m challenging you to see how our God is bigger than evil, bigger than sin. Don’t let fear continue to keep you captive.

My family is fully aware of “how we do Halloween.” I’ve heard it straight outta the mouths of babes…while in the checkout line…over Halloween, “Why do people have to have blood and scary stuff at Halloween? Jesus brings life and beat death, don’t they know that?”

Do they? Do the people around you know that Jesus’ life-giving sacrifice on the cross completely crushed death? That the agony and misery and terror celebrated every year on October 31 was already lived out by Jesus and IT IS FINISHED?

Should Christians celebrate Halloween? Yes, you can because the blood of Jesus redeems Halloween.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
— 1 John 4:4 NIV
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