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The Light of Halloween

The Light of Halloween
Oct 23 Tags: halloween | 1 Response Print Save as PDF

Every year I’m baffled by all of the excitement and hoopla surrounding Halloween.

Obvious reasons why kids like halloween

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand why children get excited about free candy. Free candy! What’s not to like about that? You want to give me a box of Nerds? Go for it!

It’s also obvious why children like to dress up in costume. Who wouldn’t like to dress up as Darth Vader and run around the neighborhood with a plastic lightsaber?

Hot apple cider? I get it. Carving pumpkins? I get it. I get all of that.

Adults?

What I don’t understand is why fully grown adults make such a big deal about it. Apparently, Halloween is second only to Christmas in the amount of money Americans spend for a holiday. Amazing.

Costumes designed to be as grotesque and evil appearing as possible– entire front yards are turned into pretend graveyards– fully grown adults trying to out do each other with lavish costumes. What exactly are people trying to celebrate?

As a Christian, what am I to do?

In our community there are a few ground rules for trick or treating: children 13 and under go door to door from 6p – 8p. Homes that are participating turn their lights on, homes that are not participating should turn their lights off.

This is my answer

This Halloween, I’m going to leave the lights on – the light of our home and the light of the gospel. Each child that comes to our door will receive a nice piece of candy and a gospel tract.

After all, it is the only time of the year when countless souls come to our door looking for a free gift… How can I possibly turn off the light?

Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson made a profession of faith early in life. However it was during his late teenage years when he obeyed the call of the Lord Jesus to repent. Luke 5:32. In December 2012 Scott and his wife Mary were commended to full time Christian service by the North York Gospel Chapel. Scott maintains an itinerant Bible teaching ministry and regularly contributes to the Why We Web blog as well as his own blog, Digital Sojourner. Scott and Mary have 3 children.

One Response to The Light of Halloween

  1. Beverly Evans

    I agree! I stay home to hand out candy, tracts, and Adventures in Odyssey CDs, and my husband takes the kids out. He says it is one of the few times in the year he gets to visit with the neighbours. The church diwn the street often sets up a coffee station. He likes to go visit and encourage them as well.

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