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Real Answers™
Copyright: © ©2004 James J. Jackson
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By: James J. Jackson


When someone writes about the dangers of Halloween, people are quick to shout, “It’s only make believe. Let the kids have a little fun!” I have been accused of being a stick-in-the-mud at times because I expressed dismay at costumes that appear satanic or those representing evil characters.

Halloween can be a harmless day of fun and make-believe. But, if handled in the wrong manner, it can send unclear signals to impressionable young minds, leading them to inadvertently worship, or at least give homage to, dangerous entities that many of us would rather avoid thinking about.

I don’t call for the abolition of Halloween, but I do often ask parents to ponder what they are glorifying when they dress their little treat-seekers in costumes. I believe some of Satan’s most effective deceptions are those in which evil and its effect upon us is minimized or even laughed at.

When our children were small they dressed up in costumes and attended programs at their school, where they had parades, played games, and enjoyed snacks. They also made posters and talked about Reformation Day, which also falls on October 31, the date on which Martin Luther nailed his list of theses to the church door to protest the church‘s departure from Holy Scripture. His actions launched the Reformation, which spawned the various Lutheran denominations.

Parents were encouraged to dress their children in costumes such as angels, knights, princes and princesses, patriots -- any costume that did not conjure up evil notions or give glory to violence, evil or satanic practices. From witnessing the glee experienced by the participants, I don’t believe they missed any fun by the lack of such costumes.

The belief that ghosts, demons, witches and warlocks do not really exist is a dangerous deception that can cause one to ignore what the Bible tells us about such things. In Galatians 5, it lumps idolatry and sorcery with many other sins that prevent one from inheriting the Kingdom of God.

In Ephesians 6:12 we are warned that we are not in a battle between flesh and blood, but “against the rulers, against the authorities of the world of this darkness; against the powers of spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” I don’t believe that this precludes us from allowing our children to have fun and enjoy the thrilling world of make-believe. Pretending is a very vital part of growing up, and should be encouraged.

Several places in the Bible speak about ghosts and spirits, such as when the disciples were frightened when they saw Jesus walking on the water. They feared he was a ghost. When Jesus appeared in the room with after his resurrection, they thought he was a ghost, and were not convinced until he ate some bread and fish with them.

Every mention in the Bible of ghosts, demons, spirits, sorcery and such practices is laced with fear and evil, and is presented as something to fear and avoid rather than something to make light of or emulate. So it appears that Halloween can be celebrated by children, complete with wearing costumes, and it can be harmless if parents simply stop and think before buying costumes.

Parents should consider exactly what the costumes their children wear really represent. Does the costume give glory to those things that God says we should not glorify, or does it simply represent someone or something that really is harmless?

We must be careful that we don’t inadvertently give our young children a lax attitude toward some entities and activities that we are warned against in Scripture. And that can be easily accomplished without taking the fun out of Halloween.

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