Since the Bible does not give a clear mandate “thou shalt not participate in passing out candy or dressing up as minie mouse on October 31st” – this is an area of Romans 14 – called liberty, conscience or a grey area.
Now I know that someone who believes this is black and white will pounce on me and say it is wrong and will even have some verses to support their choices. That is because your conscience does not allow you to participate due to past history with the occult, research you have done on halloween, scriptures you believe apply to October 31st or because you are submitting to your husband in this matter. I sincerely respect your decisions and just want to share my convictions as one of 3 options. I am not trying to persuade anyone to change their opinion – but rather just answer the question:
Dear Courtney – “Do your children dress up for halloween and how do you handle the issues that people have with Christians participating in these activities?”
That being said – if my children dress up in harmless innocent costumes we believe it is acceptable. One reason is because we live in a neighborhood where the neighbors drive straight up their driveways and into their garages. We have little contact with them and never has a neighbor knocked on my door and asked for anything except on this night, once a year.
Another reason is because I love having my lights lit to the hilt on Halloween displaying hospitality to the sweet neighborhood children that again – we rarely see…
And finally it has been a great training ground for our children – for example – the vice of greed – warning them to not be greedy when they take the candy, reminding them to say thank you, to be patient while they wait in line at the doors for candy, to compliment others on their interesting costumes and to simply be friendly, approachable and loving to others. Oh yes, and to explain in simple terms the dark side of halloween – it reminds them that there is an enemy that is real – he does exist.