Today is Halloween—one of the biggest unofficial holidays in America. Americans will spend approximately $8.4 billion this year on the day with 7 in 10 people saying they will hand out candy. Children and families of all ages will hit the streets to fill their bags with goodies. How should Christians approach this holiday?
Well, the same way we should approach any other day, “redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). We can take this day as an opportunity to share the good news of the gospel with others. On a day that celebrates death, we can point to the one who conquered death and offers eternal life to all who will believe.
On a day that celebrates death, we can point to the one who conquered death and offers eternal life to all who will believe.
Many children and their families will likely be coming to your door—don’t send them away empty handed! A great way to share the gospel is to give a small treat and a gospel booklet to each person who comes to your house. Another option is to go reverse “trick-or-treating.” Instead of knocking on doors and asking for candy, go around your neighborhood, knock on doors, and give your neighbors a treat and a gospel tract to show Christ’s love in a tangible way.
But it doesn’t have to be Halloween to pass out tracts. We are in a spiritual battle that rages every day! One of AiG’s gospel tracts, produced in partnership with the evangelism ministry Living Waters, has a Noah’s Ark theme. With the popularity of the Ark Encounter (our full-size Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky) and the Ark account in general, these tracts are great conversation starters for discussing the one Door we must pass through to be saved (John 10:9). They are also available at our online store.
To learn more about the historical roots of Halloween and how Christians should respond to this contentious holiday, I encourage you to check out a new DVD talk, “Halloween, Paganism, and the Bible,” from my son-in-law Bodie Hodge. You’ll see what God’s Word says on the topic and learn how Halloween’s pagan roots trace back to before Christ, and possibly all the way back to the Tower of Babel. I encourage you to order your own copy of this fascinating DVD from our online store and also read “Halloween Origin: Halloween History and the Bible” for more information.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.