The Point: Celebrating Halloween?


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It’s late October. The air is chilly, the leaves are falling, and Christians are arguing about Halloween.

What many people don’t know is that “Halloween” or “holy evening” originated as a Christian holiday—the night before the Feast of All Saints. Of course, Halloween has since become more sinister, celebrating things not worthy of celebration – not to mention too many grown adults using it as an excuse to act like hormone-driven teenagers.

What Paul wrote in Philippians 4 should guide our celebrations, no matter the day. Christians should think on “whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable.”

It’s hard to imagine that axe-murderer get-ups and sexually provocative costumes pass that test. And if you can’t in good conscience participate in Halloween, there are still plenty of other things to celebrate this time of year: Reformation Day, All Saints Day on November 1, the beauty of fall’s changing colors, and of course, the sovereignty of God over all creation.


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