Yesterday I had a chance to go into some background of the Halloween Holiday, but never really finished talking about how you could celebrate it worry free – how you could “hijack a holiday.” There are different approaches to this if you’re a business or visible, public office space, vs. what to do on Halloween as a family, privately. Let’s take a brief look.
AT THE OFFICE
Businesses have a unique opportunity to make an impression on Halloween, especially in a place like Weaverville where the kids come to us. Here’s what we’re doing at the office tonight. Weather permitting, we’ll have our door open, with worship music playing. We’ll have a beautiful display, complete with hay bale, tastefully carved pumpkins, free coffee and hot apple cider, as well as, of course, lots and lots of candy. We’re pre-packaging the candy in sandwich bags, and including an Outpost business card in each. In short, we’re allowing kids to have fun while setting a wholesome example. But even more than that, I believe by just being in the midst of that celebration, we bring to the downtown area the presence and kingdom of God in a very real and powerful way that would otherwise be lacking. ‘It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’
AS A FAMILY
So what are your options? It seems like in Weaverville you’ll probably have several: trick-or-treat along main street. Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Go to a holiday-related church function (a.k.a. “Harvest Festival”) or stay home. Let me just repeat what I said in yesterdays letter – I think any of these options are fine, none will get you ‘in trouble’ with God unless you are acting against a conviction He’s put in you. I think the basic rule of thumb no matter how we choose to celebrate Halloween is to remember that there will always be non-Christians watching us, whether as a family or a business or a church -- and we have an opportunity to demonstrate godly fun.
One last thing ~ please don’t judge any other family at the Outpost for the option they choose this Halloween… non-Christians are watching that too.