Is it Wrong for Christians to go Trick-or-Treating?

trick or treat halloweenIf you’re reading this, you had a childhood. I don’t know if you had a good or a bad one, but I feel it’s pretty safe to say that you indeed had a childhood.

Considering that today is the day many Americans will celebrate Halloween, I figured I might as well be mainstream and publish an article that had something to do with the candy industry’s favorite celebration.

By the way, according to the L.A. Times, and much to the delight of dentists across the country, Americans are expected to spend approximately $2.2 Billion on candy this year.

Tonight, millions of children will flood the streets wearing cute little outfits resembling ballerinas, demons and vampires. They will bring home bags and bags, of candy, which will be placed in large, glass bowls on the kitchen counter, or stashed for safekeeping.

During my childhood, I was forbidden from going trick-or-treating, not to mention celebrating the entire Halloween holiday altogether. I envied the kids on the other side of our door ringing the bell and gleefully shouting, “TRICK-OR-TREAT!”

At the time, my very religious parents did not believe that Christians should partake in anything Halloween-related. I’m not bitter about being deprived of the trick-or-treating experience, but, as a child, it was rather depressing. Like most children, I was an avid fan of anything with sugar in the ingredients list.

Now that I’m an adult, I couldn’t care less about Halloween. I will, however, let my children have the option of participating in certain Halloween activities, such as going trick-or-treating. It’s interesting how much our childhood experiences, and beliefs of our parents, affect us as adults.

What I mean is that, if you were raised by religious parents, you’re probably going to be religious yourself. If your parents smoked cigarettes, when you were a child, you’re much more likely to smoke than someone whose parents were nonsmokers.

If your parents raised you in a house with democratic beliefs, you’re probably a democrat…I’m sure you get my point and most likely already knew this.

Naturally, this isn’t the case 100-percent of the time, but when the subject of Halloween comes up, I honestly couldn’t care less. And I think it’s pretty safe to say that the reason behind my nonchalant attitude towards Halloween is because of the way I was raised.

However, my parents, who are still practicing Christians, have a different attitude towards Halloween and have allowed my youngest sibling to participate in Halloween activities. Thankfully, they no longer view it strictly as a satanic holiday.

halloween is not devil worshipMany of you probably aren’t even aware that the subject of Halloween is a rather controversial one, but for many Christians it is just that.

So, the question for today is this: if you are a Christian, is it wrong for you to participate, or allow your children to participate, in the Halloween holiday?

What I believe is that, no, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, or going on hayrides. The difference between celebrating Halloween, in the sense of allowing your children to go trick-or-treating and wearing costumes, is astronomically different than celebrating Halloween in the way of worshiping demons and praising satanic beings. In fact, they are so completely different you cannot compare the two.

The definition of Halloween does not have to be a satanic one. You decide how you will celebrate this national holiday. If you choose to relate Halloween with witchcraft, idol worship, or other demonic subjects then, yes, Halloween is a satanic holiday, but only because you made it one.

If you consider yourself a Christian, anything that praises the devil, or that could possibly turn you away from God is something you should definitely avoid, but trick-or-treating is not one of those “somethings.”

Let your child be a child and take them trick-or-treating tonight and have fun…make memories. I promise they will appreciate it later and (most likely) will not become Satanist because of it.

However, if the local neighborhood group you’re with changes the atmosphere of this fun, childish holiday to that of dancing around a fire–while holding sticks with skulls attached to the top and shouting undecipherable musical phrases–you should probably end your little Halloween celebration right then and there.

Getting some free candy just isn’t worth the risk of becoming a human sacrifice, in my opinion anyway. Happy Halloween and safe trick-or-treating to all!

Is it Wrong for Christians to go Trick-or-Treating?

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  1. Very well said!

  2. Enjoyed the chuckle. Always said, Halloween or anything else is what you make it. (p.s. unlike you, I got the pillowcase full of candy. Sorry…)

  3. Erin Hammer says:

    I was told as a child that the devil worshipers giving out candy only gave it out so they could kidnap little children with blonde hair an blue eyes. (which i had at the time) I have not carried on the family tradition though, and i proudly dressed up my two year old as snow white and enjoyed halloween :)

  4. I remember asking why we couldn’t go out trick-or-treating, and my parents always gave us as full an explanation as they could, having us read histories of Halloween that showed the links between all the pagan stuff and all that. Looking back, I’m glad they explained it as fully as they could, and I know they were acting according to their best understanding at the time. But I guess they’d say now, that Halloween’s what you make it, kind of like you said. It’s like people who won’t celebrate Christmas because it’s so commercialized, or trace it back to the pagan winter holiday and contend that Jesus was born in the spring, which I’m sure he probably was… The point being that, if you’re a Christian, everything you do is a reflection of that, so if you celebrate with the right attitude and for the right reason, then I think everything’s okay. We’re probably going to let our little pumpkin trick-or-treat someday.. This year he’s going as a pumpkin under my shirt. :) :) (and actually not ‘going’ anywhere–sitting at home eating the snickers I bought cause no kids came… :/ sorry for the HUGE comment!)

  5. I always felt the same way! My mom would always make sure our porch light and all the lights in the house were turned off on Halloween night so kids wouldn’t be tempted to knock on our door, lol! We never had candy on hand either, and on the off chance that a brave soul would venture towards our darkened home, they would receive a box of raisins or package of peanut butter crackers, and a Christian tract :-)

    I never understood why it was ok to attend and dress up for the Fall Festivals that our local churches would hold, but we could go around our friends’ neighborhoods with them! I guess being on church grounds kept the demons at bay, lol!

  6. Ethan Stevenson says:

    Is it wrong for Christians to pick their nose on a Tuesday? Lists of do’s and don’t’s, rituals, and traditions of men (even if they sound holy, like, boycotting “satanic” holidays) can never get you closer to God. The blood of Jesus does it all. So maybe we should stop asking “is it right to do this or that” and instead follow after the heart of God, trusting the Holy Spirit to move in our lives even if it looks different for us than for another believer.


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