Why Christians Absolutely Should Celebrate Halloween!


My name is Brandon Hester… I’m a Pastor and I love Halloween. There, I said it. Let the stone throwing begin from all the religious people who read this.

I read an article in a popular Christian magazine a few days ago about how Christians absolutely should not celebrate Halloween. The author used everything from scriptures (out of context) to his own thoughts and convictions to try and make his point.

Even saying “For Christians to celebrate Halloween would be the same as Athiest having a nativity scene in their yards!”

You can read the article Here!

It doesn’t surprise me to read articles from religious spirited people this time of year. People who condemn others if they decide to pass out candy to children in their neighborhoods, bob for apples, or enjoy a hayride.  I know… That sounds all evil doesn’t it?!

Oddly enough… It’s usually people who wage a public war against Halloween that are the first to watch shows like the Walking Dead.  I’ve seen it all too often in the church world.

But not me. Not my house. We love this time of year.

Here are a few reasons I believe Christians should absolutely celebrate Halloween:

1. All extremes are dysfunctional!

Are there some people who take Halloween too far? Absolutely. Are there some people who hide in their houses with the lights off because they don’t want to give the appearance of “evil?” Absolutely. Are they both equally as weird? Absolutely.

You can’t live your life on the edges. You must find balance in all things.

If someone invites you to sacrifice something on Halloween night… Don’t go! And if someone invites you to their church for a “Hallelujah Festival” and to dress up like Bible Characters… Don’t go!

They’re both equally as strange. They’re both on opposite ends of the spectrum. And they’re both dysfunctional.

Enjoy passing out candy to little children while getting to know your neighbors better. Enjoy the excitement of your kids coming back with a bag full of junk and eating until they vomit.

And don’t forget the parent tax. Butterfingers and Reese’s belong to Dad!

2. You’ll never make a difference in your community if you’re stance is condemnation. 

News flash Christians… Most people already see us as hateful people. We can come across as arrogant “know it alls!” As if we’ve got life figured out.

And we all know… We don’t!

When we arrogantly tell people we don’t celebrate Halloween because it’s “evil”… We are condemning anyone who does. Making them feel as if they’re evil. And where do you go from there?

If you’ve made them feel evil… Will they come to your door when times get tough in their lives? Will they feel like they have a friend when they’re lonely? NO! No they will not!

Because you chose to lead with condemnation instead of love and acceptance… You have disqualified yourself from ever being able to speak into their lives.

Halloween is a great time to get to know your neighbors. It’s indeed the only night of the year where they will come to your door. You have the opportunity to show your neighbors that you’re a nice and approachable person. Strike up conversation with them. Set up a table and offer parents coffee or cider. Have a fire available to roast marshmallows.

It’s a huge moment for you to SHOW the love of Christ before you ever will be able to SHARE the love of Christ.

Allow your stance to be love to your community. Not condemnation.

3. It’s only an evil day if that’s what you want it to be!

Your children don’t know it’s an evil day. Ask them. I dare you. They will tell you it’s all about dressing up as something fun. Getting as much candy as possible. And then coming home to trade candy with each other.

The smiles on their faces show no fear. They aren’t thinking about the celebration of the underworld! And neither am I. Their Pastor Dad!

Nothing makes me smile more than when my little girls come out of the house dressed like a farmer and a chicken! And our neighbors weren’t afraid. They wanted to take pictures of the cuteness!


Look… We all know the history of Halloween. It was a pagan holiday used to celebrate all things death. It was weird.

BUT IT ALL CHANGED IN THE 1800’s! Look it up! The communities in the U.S. decided to do away all the demonic and evil stigmas associated with Halloween. It quickly became a community event for children. What it continues to be today!

Sure. Some people are always going to push the limits. But we shouldn’t run in fear. We shouldn’t let them ruin a day where we can get together as a community and have a great time.

We should redeem the day! Much like we have done with Christmas and Easter. Which also started as pagan holidays!

Get outside. Enjoy your children. Enjoy your neighbors. Don’t shut yourself inside somewhere loathing in your own self righteousness.

Remember… It was the religious people who also condemned Jesus for eating with sinners. He didn’t hide. He didn’t run. He sat and ate.

Would you rather make a point?… Or would you rather make a difference? That choice is up to you.

Why I Love Cleaning Up Trash In Our Sanctuary…

  

 

First let me just say I’m not 100% sure what my congregation is doing while I’m talking… But it appears they are having a trash party! Where is it coming from?

Are they bringing it from home? Do they grab a bag of trash from a dumpster somewhere and “make it rain” while I’m pouring my guts out? I mean the stage lights are bright. I can’t see anything. So for all I know… They’re having a blast!

And we have a rather large sanctuary and crowd. So by the time they are headed out to lunch… I’d imagine they have to walk on top of it all! I’m convinced I’ll find a body in the pile one day!

I’m kidding. They really aren’t bad at all! Just your normal wear and tear from people being in the building! And our people love and respect our building. So they mostly pick up after themselves. Just little things are missed. 

Whatever the case may be… I LOVE IT!

Here’s why:

1. It’s a quick reminder of why I do what I do?

I felt called to serve people. And not when it’s convenient for me. All the time. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day actions of running a church. Going from meeting to meeting. Planning. Strategizing. Counseling. Growing leaders. 

Stopping for an hour to pick up trash is a reminder that God didn’t call me to sit behind my desk and crunch out great sermons… But to love and serve the people he has chosen for us. 

2. I get to read all the funny notes people are writing on the bulletins!

There is nothing more humbling then to think people are taking great notes only to realize they are making lunch plans with their husbands! 

You’ll learn a lot about yourself. If you thought you did an awesome job that week… Think again! If you were wondering if you shouldn’t  have worn that outfit… I guarantee the answer is written out there. 

And seriously… The greatest information comes from the “Youth” section! They are downright mean and hilarious at the same time. 

Disclaimer: If you’re a sensitive person, stay away from the trash! You’ve got to know who you are before you venture down that road!

3. I take the time to pray over everyone who sits in those seats. 

I may not know all of their names. Or even know all of their faces… But you can count on the fact that I’m praying over them. Each person who comes in that sanctuary is dealing with something. Big or small… It doesn’t matter. 

I love walking up and down the rows asking God to simply meet the needs of the people. The people I love and care deeply about. 

That they may find comfort or peace. Healing or restoration of a marriage. Financial freedom or that a son or daughter would stop rebelling. Whatever the case may be… The people who sit in our seats have been covered in prayer. 

I know this may not work for every Pastor or Leader who reads this… But let me challenge you today. 

Remember why you started. And as the job grows… make time to get back to that reason.

Love people. Serve people. 

You’re no better than anyone else! And you’re people will be grateful!