Harmless fun is certainly what many parents would label trick-or-treating and other Halloween observances. Some Christian parents are aware of a darker side to what presents itself as innocent fun.
That’s why each year during Halloween, Christian parents may struggle between letting their children participate in what the world calls “harmless fun” and being led by their own concerns about the spiritual significance of Halloween. Even though Halloween can seem harmless, it does have dark pagan roots, and as believers we should never celebrate fear and terror.
Every Christian should be personally led by the Lord in what activities they should participate. Some Christians choose not to participate in any activities when the world celebrates Halloween. They use this as an opportunity to teach their children that sometimes non-Christians, and even Christian friends, will do things in which they simply can’t participate.
Churches will often host harvest celebrations that have nothing to do with Halloween at all. The fall harvest is a beautiful time of year that is great for celebrating God’s provision.
Also, churches may offer Halloween alternatives and have great success in providing fun activities to their communities, while leading many to Christ through these types of events.
The Lord may lead all of us in different directions. Our job is simply to follow the direction we have received from the Lord and not judge the decisions of others.