People of faith are often spooked by Halloween. Ghosts, goblins, devils and haunted houses can scream evil.

Historically, Halloween traces its roots to pagan celebrations, predominantly among the Celts in the British Isles.

Many Christian churches have come up with alternative ways to celebrate, including Hell Houses. According to ReligiousTolerance.org this is a type of haunted house where one “walks through a sequence of tableaus designed to create terror and revulsion. The last scene is different; it is typically a portrayal of heaven. The visitors are then asked to accept salvation by repenting of their sins and trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior.”

We asked our panelists what they thought of the holiday.

Do you observe Halloween? Why, and how? Why not, and what do you do instead?

Responses to this Viewpoint

We recognize Halloween as a fun celebration

Joe Niemiec |

If Halloween falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Monday we will celebrate it with tailgate “trick or treating” in our parking lot following our Sunday Service. “All Hallows Eve” is certainly not a New Thought or Religious Science holiday.

Fall and Harvest

Amy Rice |

I have never been a big fan of Halloween — not because of any particular moral stance, but because I can't be bothered to think of costume ideas! However, I do enjoy all things fall, so if I happen to throw a party at the end of October, it is more likely to be called […]

1 Comment

  1. Tracy Simmons

    Charity, on Facebook, said ,”I adore fall and Halloween. It is my favorite time of year. I don’t usually go with the bloody, gory stuff, but I love cutsie spiders and witches and skeletons. Plus, my favorite colors are fall colors.”

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