Tomorrow is October 1st.
So hard to believe Autumn has arrived here in Michigan. The weather has been unseasonably warm. The leaves are just beginning to change their colors. The apple cider is still a little on the tart side. One thing, however, has remained.
Halloween preparations have begun.
There are people (children and adults alike) planning their costumes and party activities for October 31st. Halloween stores are popping up like so much corn. Spooky decorations and special candies packaged for trick-or-treating fill more shelves in the grocery store each week.
Last year, I wrote an article for Charisma Magazine exploring the question of whether a Christian should celebrate (or participate in) Halloween.
The reason I asked this is because every year a debate (conflict?) seems to arise in the faith community between those who do let their children trick-or-treat, go to parties, dress in costume and those who do not. The purpose of the article was to throw some suggestions out there in how we can be a light to our community on Halloween.
Because make no mistake about it, there is darkness associated with this particular holiday.
From it’s most ancient origins, activities such as divination, spirit communication, and a belief in the thinning of the veil between this world and the spirit realm have persisted. While our modern traditions find their roots in medieval customs rather than ancient pagan rites, Halloween remains unchanged in it’s essence.
Death. Darkness. Fear.
Which is why I want to challenge you, friend, to find a way to bring the light of Christ into your neighborhood this October! Some of the suggestions I have given include:
- Host a prayer meeting or worship night.
- Host a family Christian movie night.
- Be the neighbor who shines light (create an inviting doorway or porch) on what is a spooky night.
- Play uplifting contemporary Christian or praise and worship music that people can hear when you open the door.
- Offer the best candy along with a pocket-sized Gospel of John and a winsome tract explaining the gospel.
- Talk to your neighbors (especially if you don’t interact much the rest of the year); offer parents coffee or hot cider, especially if the evening is cold.
All this month, I’m going to be focusing on what we can do to be the light in the dark but I’d like to hear from you. Each week I’m going to post a question or challenge activity.
When you post an answer, picture, video–whatever–your name will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of my book Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Everyday Life. One winner will be selected each Saturday by either random drawing or voting on my Facebook author page. Make sure to invite your friends and family to join in as well by sending links to my blog or Author page!
This week, I’m asking you to put your thinking cap on (sorry–flashback to my Pre-K teaching days) and share what you and/or your family can do to bring light into your community this Halloween.
We will choose the winner this week by random drawing but will find a way to share the best suggestions on my Facebook author page.
Post your suggestions HERE on this blog post (not Facebook) through Friday, October 4th. A winner will be announced on Saturday.