If anyone knows me, they know that Halloween is my favorite time of year. I can’t wait to go to the fabric store and show my mom what I want her to make for my annual costume. Mermaid, pirate, saloon hall girl, and wonder woman are just a few of the fun costumes I’ve worn over the years. SO….break out the black and orange, candy, treats, goodies and Trick or Treat bags! It’s Halloween!
And about this time every year we hear some Christians begin to argue over observing Halloween. Some think it’s just a day for children, while others see it as a form of idolatry or Satan worship. Isn’t it strange the things we argue over?
Some years ago my dad, who is now a retired Lutheran Pastor, had to deal with a few parents of children in the congregation’s Christian Day school who vocally objected to Halloween parties in the classroom. Before meeting with them, dad did his homework and researched the origin of Halloween. He discovered that, while there are differing ideas to its beginnings, there seemed to be a common thread in the folklore behind Halloween’s beginnings: It was a day to make fun of the devil. It was intended to be a day NOT to worship Satan, but to laugh at him.
As Christians, we know that Satan has been bound to be powerless until the last days.
And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. -Revelation 20: 1-3
But, Jesus, through his crucifixion and resurrection, proclaimed His victory over the devil.
This victory of Jesus frees us from the fear of Satan’s power in our lives. We are now free to enjoy life, confident of God’s presence and power. We are free to enjoy life as God intended life to be. We are free to laugh at the devil! He is powerless compared to the power and love of God in Christ Jesus.
When he was little, my dad and his brothers and friends would go “trick or treating” for blocks. Besides wrapped candy bars, people would pass out fresh apples, homemade cookies, brownies, and candy. One family gave the children fresh homemade donuts, and another passed out hotdogs in buns and cold cider! Not today. Satan, perhaps in attempts to stop this day of making fun of him, has in recent years tempted people to put razor blades in apples, glass shavings in candy, and other dangerous things in the treats they give to children. The devil has tried hard to ruin this day!
This Halloween, laugh at the devil. Make fun of him. Remind yourself of what Jesus did for you. In your newfound freedom, make it a laughable, happy and fun day for children. Tell them the meaning of this day, and let them have fun and party and gather as much candy as they can carry. Satan is bound and we are free! Have a joyous and happy Halloween!