Q&A: Halloween

Q: My wife loves to participate in Halloween activities every year but I feel like it is celebrating dangerous things. What do you think?

A: You know, Christians have different opinions on Halloween. Some think, “This is a totally pagan holiday. Christians shouldn’t be involved at all.” Others recognize it simply as a culture phenomenon; a time for kids to have some fun in a safe environment.

I do think parents need to be in charge and with their children when they go trick-or-treating. Most people are happy to give children some candy or something when they come to the door but it certainly needs to be supervised and they don’t need simply to be turned loose out in the community. I would say, try to find a meeting place rather than preaching or condemning. Try to see it as a cultural event rather than as something that has roots in a non-Christian culture.