Why my family does not celebrate halloween?

In many Christian circles, the controversy and debate surrounding Halloween can be compared to political intensity. In this article, I did not want to condemn those who chose to celebrate Halloween. There are many people I know and love who celebrate this holiday. In this article, I will simply talk about my family’s story and the reasons why we decided to give up this holiday. If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. That is between you and God.

My husband and I grew up celebrating Halloween. I would say we both had a stereotypical upbringing of pumpkin carving and begging for sweets. My family used to throw Halloween themed parties and I remember getting a plastic Smurfette costume and wearing it proudly. Halloween used to be something innocent to me.

At some point, however, everything changed. I’m not quite sure when that happened. Maybe it was when I dressed up as a witch and my mom thought I looked so convincing that she wouldn’t let me leave the house without a cross around my neck? Or was it the time my aunt and I entered a haunted house organized and decorated by a local theater company? I was so scared that I begged my aunt to let me hide in the first closet in the building.

During high school I worked at a Halloween store where I dressed up every night and planned and organized their collection every year. I am aware that at that moment something inside me began to realize that Halloween is not all about games, entertainment and fun. I remember working in that store and playing Carmen songs as well as this horrible pre-recorded witch cackle. By the way, it was at this time that I became interested in the supernatural.

What I kept coming back to was that as I got older I realized that the devil actually exists; he came to steal, kill and destroy. But God is greater. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it abundantly. As soon as I started learning and saw cases of exorcism (casting evil spirits out of people) as well as prayers to free people from demonic addiction, it was no longer fun and games for me. It was a real battle.

Then my husband and I had children, our oldest child was old enough and we had to make a decision. The more I thought about all these Halloween debates and controversies and learned their true origin, the more I couldn’t deny that Halloween is not just a holiday for fun and games. Rather, it had a very big dark side. How can I educate children and encourage them to live a life on fire for Jesus 364 days a year, but still tell them it’s okay to practice things full of witchcraft one day a year? Can I let the traditions I was raised in win over the ever louder voice of my spirit?

I also remember when a friend sent me some videos. I started researching the origins of Halloween on my own. It is still celebrated today in many demonic circles. Historically, this day is full of things that I don’t think people who want to move forward in their relationship with God should celebrate.

In short, Halloween is a holiday of a religion that I do not support.

I have heard many arguments from people who want to justify celebrating it. I repeat, this is my family’s choice and I made that decision. What others want to do is between them and God. One of the most common arguments is that “Halloween is all about fun and games. We dress our children in costumes with no malicious intent.” However, did you know that when you say “Trick or treat!”, you’re actually saying “Give me the candy or I’ll put a curse on you!”? These are not words I want my children to say. My husband and I just couldn’t support celebrating this holiday in our family.

I’ve also heard the argument that All Hallows’ Eve is Catholic in origin and since Halloween is based on that holiday, there can be nothing wrong with it. In fact, the Catholic Church took pagan Halloween traditions and tried to adapt them to the Church, so I don’t support that line of thinking. Many people want to claim that “some Christmas and Easter traditions also have certain pagan roots”, so why say “no” to Halloween and accept the rest? My answer is quite simple. At Christmas I don’t worship the tree, I celebrate Jesus’ birthday. On Easter, I don’t honor the rabbit, but I celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Another common argument is that somehow “I’m missing out on something for my kids because I don’t celebrate Halloween.” None of my children ever wanted to celebrate this holiday. In fact, they both knew early on that the creepy decorations and costumes in Halloween-themed stores were unpleasant. I didn’t have to tell them. I remember how one of my children got very upset when he saw a picture of a witch somewhere on the street. I tried to walk by quickly because I was a little confused by the loud reaction of the kids.

If they want candy, I’ll buy them,without them asking for it and I have no problem letting them dress up in costumes and have fun. Over the years we have participated in various alternative harvest festivals. I also heard the classic argument: “Well, we don’t have a problem even though we celebrated Halloween.” To which I usually reply: “Great! I am very happy for you, but why do you force me to celebrate something like this?” Just because I’ve walked on hot coals myself (not literally) doesn’t mean I think my kids should do the same. Why should I encourage my children to play with fire?

Finally, I heard the argument, “What if my kids grow up and want to celebrate it?” I hope they don’t. They know how my husband and I feel about it, but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on them. What they decide to do in their future family is between them, their future spouses and God.

To all these arguments I want to add the following: “We teach our children that we are different from the world and that this is normal. Why should we do something just because everyone else is doing it? Why don’t we take a step back and see what results it brings to our lives?”

I understand that by posting this article I will probably offend some people. I wouldn’t want that to happen. I’m just sharing the thoughts that led us to stop celebrating Halloween. I would like to enlighten those who are still unable to understand the dark side of this day.

By Anna M. Equino.

Source: https://ieshua.org/pochemu-moya-semya-reshila-otkazatsya-ot-hellouina.htm