The Preacher and I have never celebrated October 31, Halloween, as a holiday.
We have always felt like Halloween did not lend itself to celebrating Christian values. Some of the history behind this day is not what we want to promote.
(We understand some don’t think about the scary, dark side that Halloween symbolizes and they just have fun dressing up like a fairy princess or their favorite football player. And that is fine, I’m not here to judge.)
When our son was born, we decided that we would still uphold our convictions regarding Halloween. During the fall season, when he was 4 or 5 years old, he and I went for a walk in our neighborhood. I homeschooled and we would often take these walks to help him clear his head.
As we walked down the street we were noticing how much our neighbors were into Halloween.
There were faux gravestones, giant spiders with giant webs, ghosts made of white trash bags and orange lights strewn in the trees.
Our son asked me why we didn’t have any decorations in our yard and why we didn’t go trick-or-treating. I then proceeded to explain to him the conviction his dad and I had and I told him some of Halloween’s origins in a way I thought my young son could understand.
My Son’s Reaction When I Told Him the Truth About Halloween
After my explanation, our son was very quiet, he didn’t say anything while we passed by a couple more houses, decked out in all their Halloween glory.
He then stopped and exclaimed, “I can’t wait for Christmas!”
I believe there is something inside of all of us that wants to celebrate something.
In the Old Testament God gave the Jewish people several different celebrations throughout the year.
If you have chosen not to celebrate Halloween, there are other things you can do on October 31.
5 Christian Alternatives for Halloween
1. Attend a local Harvest Party
We have a church in our town that invites kids in for an evening meal and they play games for a couple of hours. Candy is given out to those who participate in the games.
This is different than Trunk or Treat, which is more of an outreach program and very similar to Halloween.
2. Dinner & a Movie
Take your family out for a nice dinner and a movie. We have found that the restaurants and the theaters are not that busy on this evening.
3. Go Out of Town
Take off for a long weekend. Since we homeschooled we were free to take vacations or long weekends whenever we wanted.
Go and visit a place where the trees are turning or maybe visit some historical park.
4. Fun Night In
Have a movie night in your own home.
Line up several movies and stay in and have a movie marathon of your kid’s favorite films. Make pop-corn or candy. Put an air-mattress on the floor in front of the TV and watch until they fall asleep.
5. Christmas Craft Party
Prepare for Jesus and Christmas by having a craft party.
Find some cool Christian crafts on Pinterest and spend the evening having fun painting, coloring, gluing and getting all crafty.
Final Tip for Your Christian Alternatives for Halloween
Make sure you leave your front porch light off so the trick-or-treaters know that no one is home and they won’t stop at your house.
Whatever you do I hope that you will have a fun and safe evening.
Linda is a….wife of a preacher man with a heart to stand beside him through every celebration or trial the Lord may bring their way….a mother of a homeschooled, college graduated, US Army serving son…..a girl who still enjoys playing with paints, papers, colored pencils and glue while exploring new ways to praise her Lord through Bible Art Journaling…..and a child of God saved by His grace.