We used to always celebrate Halloween when I was a kid. I was Oscar the Grouch, Princess Jasmine, Snow White, a cat (multiple times), a soccer player, a regular person who wore a black body suite and dyed my hair multiple colors including blue and pink… oh and one year (when I was 24) I dressed up like a monk and went to downtown Pasadena into one of my favorite stores to get a free handout. This store promised if you came in costume they would give you a gift bag. I was in Pasadena though, the land of snooty girls, and the girls working weren’t too happy about me walking in to the store, throwing a robe on and saying “ommmmm” while holding a candle. It probably didn’t help that my friend walked in, threw a sheet over her head and said, “Boo!” They tried to make us go out on the street and prance around in our costumes. We told them, give us our loot or we’ll riot. Well, we didn’t really say that, but we did take our goody bags and boogie.
Anyway, I was 13 when my mom decided that we were no longer going to celebrate Halloween. Instead, she showed my brothers and me some really intense videos which were made by people who had escaped the occult. These videos detailed the truly dark side of the day. And then all my Halloween fun was over. So while I was sitting at home thinking about how the witches were probably the ones who stole my black cat, my brothers still managed to go trick-or-treating every year until they were in college. So not fair.
Truth be told, there is a lot of darkness behind this day and I understand why some Christians choose not to celebrate it. However, I read an article a few years back (I wish I knew where it was because then I could link it up to this blog) and the gist was Christians are not meant to disengage. We could choose to sit in our houses and shun the day or we could choose to win this day for the Lord. God created this day and the day belongs to Him. We have an opportunity, like any other day, to be a light for Christ, love people, offer encouragement and enjoy life together. The truth is that this day is a day that many people do enjoy. It is a time when families get together to do a fun thing (collect candy from neighbors!), it is a time when families are looking for a safe place for their children to go (Don’t believe me? The Naz church was so overloaded with people that there was a traffic jam of cars begging to be let into their church parking lot), it is a time when people who need Jesus are out and about ready to engage. So for me, I chose to engage. We celebrated life, we celebrated Anastasia, we celebrated baby giraffes who are so cute they just had to be made into costumes. We enjoyed great time with friends, we enjoyed community, we enjoyed traveling around our neighborhood and visiting houses of people we never get to talk to AND we enjoyed $2 red velvet pancake puppies from Denny’s. We enjoyed God’s creation, thanked Him for the rain that California so desperately needs and we enjoyed special family time together- making memories. It was a beautiful day with lots of joy.