It’s late October again, which means another Christian debate over whether it is appropriate to celebrate Halloween.
The tradition has roots in pagan rituals and ancient practices of sacrifice and evil spirits. Many Christians equate Halloween with a satanic holiday. One Christian site summarizes the issue here.
But what does it mean for today? More importantly, what does it mean for Christians?
My first thought is we are certainly far enough removed from those origins of Halloween to co-opt those ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches and other frights to make them part of a modern experience, regardless of your religion.
One Christian group is attempting to do just that by turning Halloween into Jesus Ween, a faith-based alternative to Halloween. Instead of candy, supporters hand out Bibles and other Christian gifts. Now that’s what I call making lemonade!
What do you think? Should Christians still be uncomfortable about Halloween?