Dear friends & family in Christ,

We’re posting the following article below for your prayerful interest and Holy Spirit led action as we proclaim & demonstrate that Jesus is Lord over Halloween!
by Riley Stephenson, KCM Minister of Evangelism

Whether or not to participate in Halloween activities has been a big debate among the members of the Body of Christ. As believers, we have nothing to fear when the Holy Spirit is our guide. What does He have to say about this issue?

The Bible tells us not to “copy the behavior and customs of this world” (Romans 12:2, New Living Translation). But this verse should not be an excuse for us to shut the door on the world. We also need to let our light shine, as my family and I learned a long time ago—especially on the darkest day of the year!

For years my wife, Kim, and I would not turn on our porch light at Halloween. When persistent trick-or-treaters knocked on our door anyway, our family ignored them. We would not let our girls carve pumpkins or color Halloween artwork at school or go trick-or-treating.

Then one year the Lord spoke this scripture to our family: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, New King James Version). We realized that God wanted us to reach out to our neighbors on Halloween night. So we changed our MO! We bought good candy, not the cheap stuff—you know, the kind that has bubble gum in it that loses its flavor as soon as you put it in your mouth. We got chocolate bars! And we began to minister the love of God to those who were participating in Halloween. We handed out candy to our neighborhood kids, gave them tracts, and asked them if we could pray with them about anything.

Halloween is a great time for us to get to know our neighbors. Streets are packed with parents and children. Paul said it this way: “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22–23, NLT).

As Christians, we walk every day in the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of God (see Isaiah 10:27). If we close our door on our neighbors at Halloween, if we “turn our lights off,” we miss a big opportunity to remove burdens and destroy yokes from other people’s lives.

My family’s outreach began with just us. Later we started taking friends out with us onto the streets in our community to share the love of Christ at Halloween, and over time the ministry grew.

One church in Athens, Ohio, found out about what we were doing and invited me and my ministry team to come minister at the nation’s largest Halloween block party, which takes place in their city every year. This block party draws about 80,000 college-age kids, who come every year to drink and party on Halloween night. In 2009 we started taking teams to the event to share the gospel with young people, and since then thousands have received Jesus as Lord and Savior on the darkest day of the year.

Another church, this one in Roscoe, Illinois, whose pastor is a friend of mine, uses Halloween as their biggest outreach of the year. They bring carnival rides in and provide free popcorn, hot dogs and cotton candy. They clear out their sanctuary and set up games for the kids, and then they present a gospel skit. Every year at least 5,000 people attend this event. A lot of people in the community don’t even offer candy for trick-or-treating—they send people to my friend’s church instead!

I’m not saying that we should dress up as the devil and participate in dark activities. We should dress normally when we minister on Halloween night. When people see us loving, rather than judging the people who go to haunted houses or go trick-or-treating, the Bible says they will begin to glorify the heavenly Father. We should be a light in the darkness.

The Bible says that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). When we begin to look like love, talk like love and act like love, God who is love will manifest Himself through us, spreading His light to a lost and dying world. I pray that this Halloween you will open up your door and turn on your light to harvest souls for God’s kingdom.

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6 Responses to “Should You Turn Your Light on at Halloween?”

  1. 1 Merelyn

    I recently heard an Egyptian Christian speak and he shared how his church chose to reach their Muslim community by handing out packages of dates [the best quality] to the neighbourhood at the end of Ramadan with a message in it!

    So good on you for having a change of heart by reaching out and not shutting off.

    Merelyn

  2. 2 Lauren

    Loved the article! Thanks for sharing. God gave us this very revelation this year as a young family & last night we saw some very lonely & sad kids & parents receive a warm welcome & Gods love, not to mention some yummy candy!! Each child who received candy commented on how generous & kind we were as most other homes were stingy on the candy or just plain rude & sent the kids away! My kids loved blessing other kids & seeing their smiles + some who in our neighbourhood are doing it tough in life! So I say yes! Turn your light on during Halloween, or better yet keep your light on during this time! As Christians our light should never be hidden in fear, judgement or for any other reason & our door, hearts & homes should always be open to those who need a touch of his life, love & truth!!

    Sincerely,
    Lauren

  3. 3 Drew

    Why not celebrate 31st October as Reformation Day – a good witness against halloween.

    To Christians, October 31st is a very special day. It is “Reformation Day”… because 496 years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 statements of disagreement to the Wittenberg Church Door.
    There, he proclaimed that the Church must be reformed to follow the teaching of the Bible, instead of following its unbiblical traditions, such as selling forgiveness of sins for money.

    Blessings,
    Drew

  4. 4 Jocelyn

    Thank you – that is very helpful!!!
    Have been trying to work out what way I could go.
    God bless you.
    Jocelyn

  5. 5 Jenny

    Hi,

    Did you know that Halloween, is actually, all Hallow eve, all saints eve, remembering those who died for Jesus.

    I don’t know how it became so spooky.

    God Bless You

    Jenny

  6. 6 Jason

    So spot on guys. Great testimony!

    Really felt the Spirit move as I read this message.

    Even Jesus went out into the world, the markets places and streets to minister to the people, where they were.

    Really encouraged!

    Blessing In Him,

    Jason

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