Halloween has been a fun holiday in the United States for decades. Kids get dressed up, beg for candy from neighbors and in general have a good time. It’s also a popular time of the year for haunted houses and hay rides.
There are several outstanding attractions in St. Louis including “The Darkness” a haunted house that is one of the top rated Haunted Houses in the US.
Several of the smaller communities around St. Louis seem to have a problem with Halloween. Their claim that it’s demonic and anti-Christian has been growing in recent years and has impacted the fun of the holiday.
The main issue cited by many of these communities is that this is a Pagan holiday and gives worship to Satan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Within Paganism, Halloween or Samhain as it is known, is the Celtic New Year. The time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin and a good time to contact deceased loved ones. Many Pagans celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones on this day, a memorial day of sorts. That’s all that there is to it. There is no worship of Satan (Pagans do not believe in the existence of Satan) and no demonic activity.
For those communities having a problem with the existence of Halloween, celebrating it has taken on interesting forms. Churches have special parties, there is emphasis on community and Christ. While these are positive things as a whole, other aspects of how these communities are responding to Halloween are troubling.
Many of these communities frequently move the date of trick-or-treating to another time using claims that are thinly veiled discrimination at best. In one town, it was moved from Friday, seemingly the perfect night for kids because there is no school the next day, because of “safety concerns” about traffic after a local football game; the year before it was moved TO Friday because that was seen as a better night. The year following it was moved to Friday as well for the same reason. This year, several of these communities have moved the date of the treat gathering to any night but the Wednesday of the 31st.
It seems that these communities want to avoid Halloween without being hit with discrimination claims. In fact, one police chief in a local community has stated that Halloween will never be celebrated on a Sunday or Wednesday as long as he is in charge. For those who are unaware, Wednesday is commonly the night for mid-week Bible studies and prayer meetings at churches.
The most troubling aspect of this is that those maneuvering this thinly veiled discrimination are doing so while claiming to be Christians. This isn’t Christian behavior, it’s juvenile behavior. Christians are called to stand brazenly to proclaim their beliefs, not juggle the date of a holiday because of a perceived threat. One police chief has openly stated that Halloween will never be celebrated on a Sunday or a Wednesday as long as he is in charge.
Christians can best handle a threat to their beliefs by standing up to actual threats and teaching their children to do likewise. Halloween is not threat. It’s a fun little holiday that should be seen as such and it should be celebrated on October 31st. Those who would alter the date because of their own bias should be ashamed of themselves.