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Halloween: Curse the Darkness or Light a Candle

This time of year, I enjoy a few a scary movies with friends and definitely over indulge my sweet tooth. But generally I’ve never made a big fuss about Halloween. It was neutral in my book. I was tempted to not even write about it today, but that said, I recognize that people get really funny about the peculiar holiday.

I have friends who really get into it. Dress up like zombies complete in bloody makeup and attend crazy parties. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I have friends who refuse to acknowledge the holiday and leave their porch lights off to ward away trick-or-treaters.


We all know the history and tradition that Halloween is steeped in, and I’m not going to get into a big theological debate. I understand the holiday puts some people in a pickle as to what to do. So, here’s my take.

Celebrate… if only for the sake of celebration. Why not? When else do we open up our doors to our neighbors? What other time of year do you get to meet the kids in the community? And the costumes! You can dress up and for one night be anyone you want to be. What fun!

I’m not much into boycotts, bans and protesting. I think you really have victory over something when you can redeem it. Turn what was meant for evil into good. Look on the bright festive side, I suppose.

You have a few options when it comes to Halloween or really with anything that you find puzzling and controversial. You can either curse the darkness or light a candle. What will you do?


  • http://SoundsGoodToMe! Kay Stork

    You know I’m 53 years old, and never before did I ever really feel like it was ever a solution. Now after reading this story, I finally feel like that We All can really be able to Light A Candle ! Thanks Alot ! You really gave me something to really Think About!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ms. Cheri Munson

    I totally disagree with your position on this. I commend those who choose to completely ignore this day as a time of celebration. You can only serve one master. What if the Hebrews boys would have taken your position in their time and bowed to the king and his music. Would we be reading about them and how God delivers today? Just a thought; however,a very awesome one indeed. I Love God alone. Remember, He is a jealous God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jennifer Chance

    I can definately understand how you can get so comfortable because even most churches get involved now. But please understand that you must stand for something or you will fall for anything. This is without a doubt a pagean celebration which the bible tells us not to participate in. It derived from evil celtic practices. The US has turned it into a bigger shopping season than Christmas.
    Please don’t be so passive and be a bad influence on so many that read this.
    I pray that you will re-think your view. I encourage you to research this and spend time on your knees and ask GOD how he feels when he sees you celebrating on that day.
    One thing the bible tells us, which is common sense really, is avoid all appearances of evil.
    What does Halloween decorations look like to you? Heaven or hell?
    I say all of this with love, I encourage you to please pray about this and I pray next year, your comments glorify our loving and merciful Heavenly Father.

  • Michael Snow

    ‘Curse the darkness or light a candle’ sums it up well. We really need to be salt and light in our changing world.

    Halloween was a more ‘tame’ when I was a child. This current facination with blood and gore among some people is horrible. We need to say so.

    At the same time, many churches offer good alternatives for kids and make the most of an opportunity for ministry.

    And for all the confusion about the roots, we would do well to remember that All Hallows Eve preceeds All Saints Day.

    Go find a candle.

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