Halloween------trick or treat?

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  1. A_Christian

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    I happen to enjoy Halloween. It has never been my favorite holiday, but I have many fond memories from when I was a youngster. I remember going to the church Halloween youth party and trying to come up with a good costume that no one else had. I happen to think that a good BOO! is good for the soul.

    I'm sorry that so many seem to have reached a point where they cannot look for opportunities to make friends and meet the neighborhood kids. They miss so much and I'm afraid that GOD never meant for Christians to be wet blankets ---- salt, yes.

    The one thing I find about Halloween is that it is a perfect occasion to speak of DEATH and ETERNITY. Don't sell it short.

    I think it is wise to provide a GOOD influence on Halloween, then to have no influence at all...
    Perhaps one might hand out Christian Tracts with that piece of candy and be part of a neighborhood watch to protect those going door to door.
     
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    Haloween is a toughie, ain't it. Gets a lot of hackles up. Personally, I think some of the fudies go a little overboard in their condemnation of this celebration, and I see no problem with dressing up in a costume, and taking the little ones to a haunted house, or anything like that.

    And I view everything as a chance to spread the gospel.

    So I guess I agree with you.
     
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    Okay! I'll admit it! I LOVE the old Dracula movies in black and white. Will stay up half the night to watch the old Mummy movies with Bela Lugosi, etc. Give me Vincent Price and The Fly over most of the stuff on t.v. anyday!

    Our church does a 'Fall Festival' in place of Trick or Treating and we ask for no scary costumes. Some still come with fake blood, etc. but we had, last year, about 700 register if my memory serves me. We serve free hot dogs, chili, desserts, drinks and give away bags and bags of candy to every child. We have drawings for bikes and gift certificates. We've got all those 'Moon Walk' sort of games plus every S/S class does some sort of a room with games and candy.

    I'll be on the 'Toddler Hall' Friday night with little games for little folks.

    Colossians 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths ... 2:20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations-- 21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"


     
  4. Lil Sister

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    Hello, I'm the new kid on the block, so thought I'd get my feet wet with this post.
    Do you realize Oct 31, 1517 is the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church? Though God has always had a people, this action is what He used to break through the darkness of Catholocism, and shed His light once again throughout the world that we are saved: by faith alone, by grace alone, by Christ alone through the Scripturees alone, to the glory of God alone! (whew! That was a mouth full.)
    Because of this great fact of history, and even more important, the following (and other Scriptures) we've made a strong stand against Halloween. [See:1 Thess 5:22; Deut 18:10-12; Deut 7:26; Eph. 5:11-17.]
    However we have lots of fun celebrating the light of Christ, instead of the darkness of Satan.
    We have a Christian Heritage party, remembering God's faithfulness to His people throughout the generations. This includes a video about a famous Christian; and includes games & prizes, good food, and the ability to enjoy clean fun that honors Jesus.
    Try it--you may be pleasantly surprised!
     
  5. A_Christian

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    Makes me want to dress up as Martin Luther. I guess he was pretty scary to the pope... [​IMG]
     
  6. Johnv

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    Halloween is much ado about nothing. As it's observed today, it's a secular tradition.

    While the day itself can trace itself back to pagen roots, most of what we attribute to the day is of contemporary origin. Black cats and witches on broomsticks are inventions of medieval era christian folklore. Pumpkin carving is an American addition. Even the idea of dressing up to avoid evil spirits arose from superstition, not reality.
     
  7. Deacon

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    I'm set up to do "Trunk and Treat" this Friday in the church parking lot during our AWANA program.

    We circle the cars up with the trunks facing the inner circle and hand out our candy and treats. No witches or goblins allowed but lots of Noah's animals from the ark.

    Great and safe fun, quite a witness to the community as well. Made the newspaper one year.

    Rob
     
  8. BroChris

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    LOL. I was just talking to my wife about this the other day. We should all dress like Luther on Oct. 31, and hand out copies of the 95 theses to trick-or-treaters! With a bag of candy, of course.
     
  9. A_Christian

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    Actually, there are not a few Bible verses that I'd love to nail to on the door of our neighborhood Episcopalian Church.
     

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