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Halloween
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:41:20 PM »
For a number of years my husband and I gave sweets to all the young witches and ghosts who knocked on our door at Halloween. I thought this was a good way of showing kindness to neighbours and their children.

This year, as I have rejoined the church of England and renewed my faith, I had serious doubts about it. Witchcraft is on the rise in some parts of the country and the dead are supposed to be very much beyond our reach. Are we encouraging children in unchristian ideas, or is it a good thing to have this contact with our neighbours?

I have not found the courage to ask at church, as I feel bad about the lengthy spells of non attendance which have left me in this state of ignorance about Christian practice.

Could you help me with this please. I have tried searching but not found anything helpful.


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Re: Halloween
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 03:23:29 PM »
Hi Maggy

Most churches discourage participation in Halloween - they often hold 'light parties' as alternatives for children.

But this doesn't tell us what to do about the children who knock on our front doors at home. Christians have differing approaches:

Some people think that it's 'harmless fun' and nothing to do with the real occult. That may be true, but it's still a pagan festival with no Christian content at all.

Some people give out sweets as a means of 'being neighbourly', even if they wouldn't let their own children do trick-or-treating. (personally, I feel that this sends out a mixed message, but that's just my opinion)

Some people give out tracts with or instead of sweets.

I put a notice on my door that says "Halloween-free zone" so that people don't bother to knock. I've never felt comfortable with Halloween as it didn't seem to exist when I was a child.

Hope this helps
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Re: Halloween
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 06:32:26 PM »
Hi
Jest done a google and found this

Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originat

It seems it started as a christian festival how it has ended up as what it is today I have no idea.

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Re: Halloween
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 08:20:04 PM »
I think that todays version of Halloween is largely American and took over from the old mischief night on November 4th. It always seemed to me that we had to bribe local children not to play tricks on us. There is still a certain amount of antisocial behaviour, such as egg throwing goes on.

I found it awkward this year because my 80 year old, very nice, church going neighbour asked us if her granddaughter could come round. My husband got something for her. My neighbour had dressed her as a witch and done some very effective makeup. We were going to avoid the rest, but a group of 7 children then came calling. My husband gave them cash as we had no sweets for them. After that we put out the lights and hid. My neighbour told us the next day that she had 16 children call and wasn't it wonderful. Her granddaughter lives down a country lane so had missed out on Halloween before.

I feel mean for not taking part, while thinking the whole thing really is rather unchristian.

I need to get this clear in my own mind for next year. As a Christian, I believe we have to take a stand on such things, not hide in the dark. I would welcome advice. My husband is not a church goer, so I need to make my decision, discuss it with him and have a strategy re the neighbour as well as the rest of the trick or treaters. Has anyone else out there tackled this? I have been praying about it and asking myself what Jesus would do. You all presumably have to deal with this in some way. All suggestions will be appreciated.

 
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Re: Halloween
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 11:34:38 PM »
Hello @Maggy,

The keeping of 'days' goes against the grain for me, no matter what they are. I comply with the desire of family to buy presents for young family members at Christmas and Easter, but my heart is not in it: except that I love to give them pleasure.  I just wish it were possible to have the pleasure of family giving at a time which is not associated with a religious festival.

Halloween is of no consequence to me at all, but I would not turn a child away from my door, I would compliment them on their efforts at dressing up, and give them something for taking the time to call. However I no longer have a knock on my door, so I don't have a problem. To a child it is the fun of dressing up that matters, they don't give thought to the reasons behind it.

I am not a religious person, so the keeping of days do not have a place in my life. I just want to praise God, in Christ Jesus, for His mercy and grace, and live looking for His appearing.(Titus 2:13)

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Re: Halloween
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 12:12:44 PM »
Many churches have 'alternative' parties at this time of year. If yours doesn't get some child friendly tracts and church invites and hand them out together with a few sweets or fruit.

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Re: Halloween
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2017, 09:59:34 AM »
Thank you to all those who have replied.
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