As for me and my household when I got saved the first thing we realized wasn't glorifying God was to celebrate Halloween. We don't support all those other alternative either.
The Lord helped us realize that trying to dress things up on Halloween was still just as bad. So when my church has its annual Harvest Fest, OctoberFest, Hallelujah Night, Trunk or Treat or whatever cute name they decide, we do not participate.
I was surprise when my children were younger and friends and relatives we angry, dissapointed and down right mad because my kids did not participate in Halloween. I would tell them I was a Christian and they keep saying my kids would resent me when they become older or they were missing out on a childhood experience. No one seem too concern about my children soul. They seem more concern about by children social standing with their peers.
The word reminds us that we show be in the world not "of it." I believe it means we live in this world for right now, but as we live in this world we are to live for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be seperate and holy before God in Him by not living the lifestyle(s) of the world (fornication, homosexuality, sorcery, false religions, idol worship, etc).
If nonbelievers celebrate Halloween and dress up in costumes and go door to door for candy and the church
has kids come out to the church on Halloween and dress up and pass our candy what is the difference. Are Christians celebrating or not celebrating Halloween? What is the national number of children actually being SAVED at this church sponsored Halloween parties? Are we confusing the next generation by showing that Christians still don't comprehend or believe in absolute truth?
Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is closely connected with worship of the Enemy of this world, Satan. The History of Halloween hasn't change. The only people who seem to have change has been Christians. We are now calling wrong right and right wrong. Making excuses that we don't want our children to feel left out among nonbelievers. Wow!!! What is happening to "so called" Christian parents?
Instead of trying to follow the crowd may I encourage you and your family to try something new and do nothing and enjoy another day the Lord has made without celebrating a pagan holiday. October 31 or Halloween provides an excellent time to remind our children that, as Christians, we are different, and not of this world (Heb. 11:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:11).
What do you think? Do you celebrate at one of these alternative programs?