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Posted: October 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

A friend (and fellow pilgrim who is the father of 4 cute kids) writes, “how, again, do we reconcile, redeem, and reform [trick or treating], if we even should, to the glory of God?”

I commented:

What if as (Protestant) Christians we revived the idea of All Saints Day? We could take time at the end of Oct./beginning of Nov. to remember and tell stories of great heroes of the faith. Rather than a thin baptism of popular culture (ever go to a church “Hallelujah” party?) this would be a way to connect with Christian traditions that are centuries old.

Also this would allow for us to “redeem” some of the folksy parts of American Halloween. It is easy to imagine costumes as part of All Saints Day and one could recast Trick or Treating as a way of asking for and giving alms. In celebration of the feast of the saints we give generously to our neighbors. In remembrance of those sent out by Christ and told to seek provision in the towns they visit; we go out as missionaries asking others for provision.

This doesn’t directly deal with the darkness of Halloween [& I think honesty in acknowledging evil and repentance is desperately needed in our culture] but perhaps celebrating Christian “saints” could be a way to apply Rom 12:21 (Do not be overcome w/ evil but overcome evil w/ good).

A couple of additional thoughts – First, I hate Halloween and usually try hard to ignore it but realize this is harder when you are also a parent. Second, I forgot that Oct. 31st is Reformation day and a very legitimate time for Protestants to celebrate our Christian forefathers. Finally, I think as a church we really need to re-discover the Christian calendar that often lies just below the pop/commercial calendar in our country. I think it would bring dignity and meaning to our celebrations that seem to lack both.

I post this here, because I’m curious what the parents who read this blog do with (or plan to do – I’m talking to you Friar Tuck) with Halloween.

A lot more could and probably should be said about Halloween but let me just add that everytime I see an add for the 13 nights of Halloween on TV and can’t help think how that is 1 more than the 12 Days of Christmas and what a sad commentary on our society.