“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18
As we approach the end of October, we are frequently asked about class parties here at LCA. Many of our teachers will have harvest parties or celebrate the coming of fall, but, as a school, we do not celebrate Halloween. Why not?
On any holiday, it is important to ask what we are celebrating. On Christmas, we celebrate the virgin birth of God in human form, Jesus Christ. On Easter, we celebrate His resurrection from the dead, completing our redemption. On July 4, we celebrate our country’s victory over England and independence as a nation. What are we celebrating on October 31?
A look around may help us answer this question. First, we see a connection between fright and Halloween. Just walking down the street in your own neighborhood will lead you to the conclusion that people want to be afraid this time of the year. We see in the Scripture above, however, that Christians should celebrate love, not fear.
Second, we recognize a strong connection between death and Halloween. The houses around yours probably have skeletons, ghosts, and maybe even coffins as decorations. As Christians, we recognize that death is our enemy, and, as revealed in 1 Corinthians 15:26, we have victory over this enemy. This enemy yet wars against each of us, however, and minimizing or celebrating death is not an appropriate reaction for a Christian ministry.
Third, Halloween has a very strong tie with witchcraft and sorcery. Look at the costumes in Wal-Mart or those worn at any Halloween party, and you are sure to see individuals making light of the enemy of God. Followers of God are strongly warned against any celebration of witchcraft, potions, or wizardry in Leviticus 19:31, Galatians 5:20, and other similar passages.
We recognize that each Christian family will need to reach decisions for themselves regarding any celebrations, including Halloween. As a ministry, however, we will stick with celebrating God’s rich blessings on us as individuals and as a school ministry.