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Halloween: My Least Favorite Holiday


Pitchforks

red eyesWhat is there in the human psyche that causes us to want to focus on the macabre? Why do we want to frighten little children with stories of ghosts and goblins, ghouls and grotesque creatures of the unseen world?

frankensteinThere really is an unseen world of angels, cherubim, and seraphim – of demons and dark spirits. But this “unseen world” bears little resemblance to Halloween with its vampires and witches, monsters and murderers.

pigletYes, we have cleaned Halloween up somewhat with “cute” Disney characters, sport heroes, and movie stars (though some of these may fall in the earlier categories of the macabre – think Michael Jackson?). I hear that one of the “hot” adult masks this year is of Bernard Madoff of “ponzie scheme” notoriety.

lightningIn spite of this, the “Trick or Treat” aspect of Halloween still has troubling shades of pagans trying to “propitiate” evil gods. “Give me something, or I’ll strike you with my lightning!” That is, for the side of the giver of the treats it has those. From the side of the “Trick or Treater” there is the message that we can make demands of others to satisfy our own sweet tooth without learning to work to provide for our own needs.

Halloween seems to bring out the worst in people, not the best. Put us in masks, and we let our libido show! By hiding our identities, it seems that we loose our restraints. We forget that the mask must come off at midnight, and the same person is still inside the costume.

vampire-mouthThe traditions of Halloween are demonic. November 1 is “All Saints Day.” The evening before the celebration of the Hallowed Ones, the demonic forces come out visibly and malevolently. Of course, our celebration of this today has about as little relation to that tradition as Santa Claus does to God’s gift of His Son. Yet, that is the origin of this most unusual holiday.

red-devilBut, there may be a redeeming value in Halloween. There really is a spiritual war between the hosts of God and the forces of darkness. We need to be reminded of that, for we tend to forget. Even though Halloween is a caricature of the actual battles we must fight in the war between good and evil, it does remind us that there is evil in the world.

tombstonesThe last enemy to be destroyed is death itself. I just pray that as we look forward to that glorious deliverance we not forget Solomon’s observation that “Fools make a mock of sin.” Let’s not let a demonic resurrection rob the true resurrection of its glory! Let’s not make our adversary, the accuser of all mankind, into a laughable red demon with a pitchfork and pointed tail while forgetting he is really a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He is defeated, not with a “treat” but only by the blood of the Lamb of God and the sanctifying work of God’s Holy Spirit living within us. Hence, in facing this evil, we must be sober and vigilant!

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2 Responses

  1. You are looking at it from an adult point of view. All children want to do is dress up and get candy. Demonic thoughts are not in their heads. Just because your parents probably did not allow it and filled your head with it being a satanic holiday, don’t spoil the innocent fun for the other children. Adults so often do this without looking at it from the eyes of the children.

  2. Jake,
    I know too many adults who love Halloween because they use it as an excuse to scare children. Many adults act like devils on Halloween. I have no problem with children dressing up in Disney characters or even in home-made outfits – but keep the demonic, dark side out of the celebration.

    Don’t make the devil into a figure of “fun” or object of ridicule. When we do, we refuse to take him and the danger he poses to us seriously.

    JS

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