6 Different Ways to Approach Halloween
by Steve Backlund
As it is true with many things in life, there is not just one way to approach Halloween. There are different factors which would impact our philosophy towards this day. These include our God assignments, the culture of our geographical area, the season of our lives, and what we hear God saying for us to do specifically. In Romans 14:5, Paul states that we should be "fully be convinced in our own mind" about such things like the Sabbath. Similarly, we each need to become convinced of how we are to observe Halloween and seek to refrain from criticizing those who have a different conviction or belief than we do.
Here are six different ways we can approach Halloween:
1. Fully embrace every aspect of the Halloween culture – This approach would ignore any of the controversial aspects of Halloween (occult, witches, sensual costumes, etc.) and believe that our freedom in Christ allows us to not be in bondage to fears of any negative consequences concerning Halloween.
2. Use it as an evangelistic opportunity to influence the parents and children participating in Halloween – There are many ways to do this including giving prophetic words, giving words of knowledge, putting salvation literature in candy bags, or other creative ideas that God gives you.
3. Call it a pagan satanic activity and not get involved at all – For some, simply ignoring Halloween would be part of God's plan which has them focusing on higher things.
4. Create an alternative gathering such as a Harvest Party, a Holy Spirit Renewal Party, etc. – This would help parents with children who want to participate in Halloween activities but do not want them to do so in non-Christian environments.
5. Hold an intercession prayer gathering – "Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more" (Romans 5:20). Because there is so much "sin" happening on Halloween, it provides a great opportunity to receive grace to release great grace through prayer, worship, declarations, and in prophetic acts.
6. Seek to restore the purpose of All Hallow's Eve - Here is one article showing the history of Halloween: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/halloween_1.shtml
Father, we thank You for confirming to us how we are to approach Halloween. We declare and believe You will show up powerfully on October 31st.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.