Halloween can be a pretty divisive topic.
Not too long ago, it seemed quite benign – “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”, costume parties, and trick-or-treating door to door were on the agenda, with usually no harm involved.
But things have changed over the years. People have changed, attitudes have changed. The culture has changed – just turn on the TV! Shows that focus on paranormal activity, ghosts, and the occult have replaced much of the tamer fare. We’re slowly becoming desensitized to more and more violent movies, television shows, and books.
In some areas, it’s still safe (and quite normal) to go trick or treating, but in other parts of town…not so much. They’ve been replaced by church-oriented harvest fests, “trunk or treats”, and an atmosphere that is much more controlled and safer.
So, what’s right for you? And how do we as Christians relate to the culture on issues like the observance of Halloween?
Ron Rhodes is President of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries and he’s written a short pamphlet entitled Halloween: What You Need to Know. He recently joined Faith Radio Mornings, and expounds on these thoughts.