This is the time of year when many Christian churches throughout the U.S. bring about countercultural Harvest Parties complete with skits, games, and plenty of candy. Growing up we went to quite a few of them and certainly brought home a lot of candy. However, the many messages that come to us about Halloween, I wanted to offer up some excellent articles that I found on this topic.
Richard Mouw unpacks the power of evil during Halloween over at First Things,
Should Christians avoid Halloween? I’m ambivalent. Part of me wants to tell my fellow Christians to lighten up a little, keeping the focus on a day when kids can have some fun. Given the present cultural realities, however, it is important to use the occasion to say some things to them about how Christ has overcome the powers of evil.
For me, I enjoy Halloween (with the exceptions of the over the top gore and ridiculous costumes like sexy Big Bird). As Justin Holcomb would write in The Gospel Coalition,
For those still bothered by Halloween’s historical association with evil spirits, Martin Luther has some advice on how to respond to the Devil: “The best way to drive out the Devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.” Perhaps instead of fleeing the darkness in fear, we should view Halloween as an opportunity to mock the enemy whose power over us has been broken.
Remember, Christ conquered the powers of sin and death. Even in the scary stories and frightening tales that center around today, Jesus is still greater.
Lest we forget today is Reformation Day, here is an excellent article on Luther and the important of this day.