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September 16th, 2008, 06:45 AM
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September 16th, 2008, 06:46 AM
I would encourage you not to turn your porch lights off. :hug This is a prime witnessing opportunity! There are children literally marching up to your door wanting something, why not give them what they really need? There is a cute pumpkin tract out there that tells about Jesus that you could put that in a baggie with nice candy (don't skimp on the candy :heh) and put your church's name and address on it. Why just hand this day over to the devil?! This is the day that the LORD hath made! We will rejoice and be glad in it! :nod :yay
September 16th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Your right, I probably should have put this in Christian Chat. Didn't realize this was for political related discussions, (I thought it was for Christian issues in general). Mod's, can you move this thread please?
September 16th, 2008, 08:13 AM
I am similarly conflicted. I've done the following in the past:
Hosted a Fall party at my house so the kids can wear costumes. No real Halloween theme and lots of treats and fun.
Handed out glow-sticks with an explanation of Christ's light in this world
Handed out Jesus loves you crayons
I'm happiest with the glow-sticks, as it keeps kids safer anyway. God bless your decision, what ever it is.
September 16th, 2008, 08:20 AM
When I was a child, I was allowed to go trick-or-treating (until I was 13). After that, I have always passed out candy.
We live in a suburban neighborhood and will pass out candy and pencils.
September 16th, 2008, 12:14 PM
I'm sure many people will find my position extreme... and I understand that it is, in a way.
Personally, I despise halloween. My ex-husband was really into it, especially buying and displaying as many creepy things as possible all over our house and dressing himself and our kids up as something ghoulish - always in black, with lots of blood. YUCK!
In recent years, I think that halloween costumes and decorations have gotten progressively disturbing. I see halloween as a party that people are unsuspectingly throwing which honors and glorifies satan.
I know that the vast majority of people don't go out to celebrate evil... but the whole things seems like a celebration of death, rotting corpses, etc. Certainly for most people it's not an intentional celebration of those things... but I see it as a celebration of them just the same, intentional, or not.
When my kids were younger, I sometimes threw a separate, unrelated party with friends a few days before halloween with lots of fun games and plenty of candy (BIG candy bars and other fun stuff that you'd never get trick-or-treating). That fizzled out until eventually, one year I just turned out my lights and watched TV - but I was amazed how many times kids rang my doorbell anyway. That year I felt like I was somehow trying to 'hide out' from everyone... I didn't like that feeling at all!! So, for the past several years I've gone to the movies for a few hours on halloween so that I'm not home in the midst of the whole thing.
I witness by letting people know how I feel about halloween before and afterwards. I always acknowledge that my opinion of the 'holiday' must seem harsh to most people. And with all of my heart I assure you that I don't judge the people that choose to participate in it... Most of my friends celebrate it... I celebrated it most of my life! I grew up trick-or-treating, and it wasn't until recent years that I felt a real check in my spirit about it. I simply believe that God works on all of us in different ways throughout our lives... chipping a tiny edge off here, and another over there. The edges He works on in me today are most likely different than the ones He's working in the people around me. I think He works to shape us individually... and for me, personally, one small thing He's worked on is halloween. As a result of what I've felt was His chipping away in me, my intention is to glorify God more than ever on that day, and to deny satan of any hint of glory.
That's my 2 cents, anyway.
September 16th, 2008, 12:27 PM
We have lots of neighborhood children who we know pretty well and I'm looking forward to seeing them in their little costumes at our front door. We're good friends with their parents, so it's nice when they come. We dont celebrate Halloween, but love the harvest season, so we do have pumpkins, cornstalks and hay bales on our front porch.
But we live in the "nice" part of town, and there are vanloads and vanloads of folks from the other end of town who also come on Halloween night -- many more than we can accomodate. We often see 500 or more! And when you see full-grown mothers who peddle their 6-week old babies up in strollers so THEY can get some candy, it's maddening. Ditto for the young adults (16-plus) who come.
We will do what we always do, and hand out candy until it's gone. But I like the idea of putting some Bible tracts in there as well!
September 16th, 2008, 12:47 PM
well.. I tried talking myself out of posting anything on this one.. but I will... Halloween is one of my favorite times of year.. It's more of a fall thing I guess... I do get into all the stuff though.. let me clarify... nothing satanic, withchcraft, etc... My best friend is a youth pastor, and we've always had alot of fun around Halloween... I understand peoples convictions... I dont have them concerning Halloween.. I dont look at it as evil.. some use it as a occasion to be evil I guess.. Some do stupid things for Christmas too.. I enjoy it... I put things into perspective, and I'm not influnced by it
September 16th, 2008, 02:59 PM
Candy and tracts...also, pick up a box of glo-bracelets at Dollar Tree:thumb
September 16th, 2008, 03:03 PM
halloween does not bother me.
passing out candy with tracts is fine.
that's a good idea :thumb here in Oz we don't celebrate Halloween...cause we are just far superior that way :heh
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