“Trick or treat,” the little children would say, going door to door getting candy. On the other hand, many children have not gotten the chance to take part in the Halloween holiday because of their religious beliefs.The story was told to me that Halloween was the one day that Satan could get all the children out to worship him. Then it was told to me that Halloween had something to do with witchcraft.
Growing up, my parents would take me out trick-or-treating, but I was always afraid of the Halloween costumes.
Once I was old enough to go trick-or-treating alone and got over being afraid of the costumes, my mother told me I could no longer go trick-or-treating. Boy, was I angry! After receiving the bad news, she explained to me why I could no longer participate in the Oct. 31 ritual.
Because I was a Christian at the age of 9, she said that Halloween was the devil’s day. Being a child, I did not care. I wanted to be normal like my friends and go trick-or-treating.
Despite my desire to be like my peers and participate in Halloween, I no longer went trick-or-treating. Just like many area churches, my church always hosted Harvest Night, which was a time for all Christian children to come together and sing and praise the Lord. Harvest festivals held on Oct. 31 are just a replacement for Halloween.
What is Halloween? It is a holiday that generally glorifies the dark things of this world, rather than the light of Jesus Christ (according to Christiananswers. net). The history of Halloween comes from the name “All Hallow e’en which means “Hallows Eve” (the eve of the Feast of All Saints on Nov. 1, according to Saint-Mike.org.
As a Christian, I always wondered what the meaning of Halloween was. And I always wondered if other Christians knew as well.