why i celebrate halloween

it is true, i love Jesus and i celebrate Halloween. i don’t think that is an oxymoron. i know some families who chose not to celebrate Halloween and that is a choice they have made for their family. i am not trying to point fingers or convince everyone my way is the right way and the only way – i just want to let you know why i chose to celebrate Halloween. three things:

1. TO BE A LIGHT. as believers we are called to be the light bringers. we are ambassadors bring hope & Good News to a dark world. we ARE the light to the world (Matthew 5:13-15). this holiday may be very dark but i believe that is all the more reason to be the neighbors that greet the trick-or-treaters (all of them regardless of the quality of their costume, their age, their weight, their size, their attitude) with a lit poach, good candy, and a warm heart. you do not have your neighbors coming to your door everyday to meet you – they only do this once, why miss the chance to truly love your neighbors? 
2. TO REDEEM THE HOLIDAY. just because darkness is prevalent does not mean that it should win. if we run away from the holiday, will only the scary houses be left, the gore inspired costumes and movie marathons? i don’t want that. i want to keep the joy of dressing up like our favorite things – princesses, firefighters, super heroes, favorite book characters, and animals.  i want smiling pumpkins to decorate the homes that give out full sized candy bars and make everyone’s “best houses to go to” list!
3. TO HAVE FUN. i enjoy dressing up, having costume competitions, handing out candy, eating candy, carving pumpkins, and spending time in community. we can chose to sit in the basement in the dark alone ignoring the doorbell and the holiday hype OR we can have fun, be a light, and redeem this holiday. i like the later.

 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
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Author: Oak & Oats

  • I could not agree more with all these points! I love how this holiday can be another chance for us to shine for Jesus and spread a little warmth and love to those around us. Personally, I love Halloween! Candy and adorable (and appropriate, of course) costumes? It's great!

  • love these reasons! especially the first! halloween may be the only time that some of our neighbors will come to our house…what an opportunity!

    also…so jealous of your deathly hallows pumpkin 🙂

  • I absolutely love this! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Happy Halloween!

  • Amy

    preach 😉
    all reasons why I celebrate as well!

  • thanks Julie! I truly believe that and that is why I will continue celebrating it each year!

  • Emily Beth

    so true! find wholesome ways to celebrate and who can be faulted for that?? love your pumpkins! happy halloween!

  • Laura Jean

    I wrote a similar post last night on the topic! Our hearts are similar and I am glad about this. That being said, Happy Halloween 🙂

    http://www.accordingtolaurajean.com/2013/10/halloween-neutrality.html

  • Lucy

    Great thinking! Let's claim it back 🙂 xo

  • thanks!! you too!

  • love that!

  • 🙂 Hooray!

  • Great post girl!

  • thanks little lady!