When I was little I didn’t really know anything about Halloween. It was just a time to put on weird costumes, forego our don’t-talk-to-strangers rule, and pile in more chocolate than Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
But as time went on I found out more. I learned that a fair amount of people stay away from it. And I’ve also noticed that the decorations and costumes keep getting more gruesome.
For example, in our end of town, more and more houses are going all-out and even displaying coffins and hanging fake bloody body parts from trees. It’s not really the “neighbourhood feel” I want for my kids.
What’s going on with all this? I wonder if it has to do with our society’s fear, infatuation and celebration of death—quite simply because it’s intimidated by death and is still struggling with the meaning of life.
But for me, Halloween is one of many opportunities to talk about the power of God’s light in the midst of darkness.
But how do we do this?
First, we make it about fun.
Second, we focus on community—on having conversations and building bridges with our friends and neighbours.
And third, we use it as an opportunity to discuss biblical insights like John 1:5 where it says that God’s light “shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Evil is real in our world. It’s not pretend. But it’s not the boss.
So no matter what you feel about Halloween, why not use it as an opportunity—not just to fill up on rocket candy, but to connect with your friend and neighbours and talk about the power of God’s un-intimidated light in the midst of a troubled world.
In life, you can’t always have a say in what happens around you; but you can have a say in what happens through you.
By Matthew Ruttan
- “Where does Halloween come from? And how to keep it positive.” Today’s devo is based on this blog. You can read it here. It’s an update from one I wrote last year. Enjoy!