Our take on Halloween has always been to ignore it like the plague. We would turn of all our lights and go to the basement to watch a movie, and when we had no basement we huddled in a back room. Halloween was all about ghost, goblins, and evil demonic things. It was pagan and darkness and we of course had "been called out of darkness and into his marvelous light." We therefore kept our light in our dark basement, hidden where none could see.
The question we had to ask ourselves was does this view bring glory to the Father or does it spread the gospel of reconciliation through Christ? Oh, and then our Pastor challenged us to use October 31 as an outreach opportunity; talk about having to leave our comfort zone. That was a big one. The kids, some good friends, and I packed goody bags with tracts, scripture pencils, scripture bookmarks, candy, and chocolate chip cookies. We invited our friend, Nicole, and her children over. All the kids had a great time handing out candy to everyone who knocked on our door.
We eventually ran out of candy, and my neighbor was kind enough to share some Snickers, and other chocolate goodies. After that, we handed out scripture pencils with John 3:16. When all the candy was gone, we played board games and hung out. My prayer is that each child will use the items in their bags and either be led to believe or to seek more information about Christ.
We won't let another Halloween opportunity to share the gospel go by. What better way to spend a night usually associated with darkness, than to shine His light in dark places. This is how we who are in the Light push back darkness.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you that God is light and Him is no darkness at all. ~ 1 John 1:5 NASB (courtesy of Biblegateway.com)