Thinking Out Loud

October 31, 2009

Thoughts on That Most UnChristian of all Days

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 1:17 pm

I’m almost afraid to mention Halloween here.

First, I’m fearful of what all the extra publicity is going to do to the pastor at Amazing Grace Baptist Church when he lights the first match, no doubt surrounded by the tabloid media.   Of course,  this letter writer to their local newspaper notes some interesting complexities.

pumpkin-carving

Yes, it's a pumpkin!

This will mark 20 years that we’ve lived in our present house.   The first year, Mrs. W. decorated in style.   Yes, we celebrated the pagan holiday.   I think we gave out fortune cookies; not the ones with Bible verses which we can’t afford.

But the second year, we gave out Christian cassette tapes.   I contacted one of the distributors and asked if they had something for pre-teens, and something for little kids that they wanted to unload.   I bought about 90 tapes for 50 cents each.

A couple of years ago, a girl came up to me in the bookstore and said, “I once lived in your neighborhood and got one of the tapes you gave out for Halloween.   I really enjoyed it.”

So hey, you never know.

But I realize as I write this that this subject is very much unwelcome among many Evangelicals.   As I wrote last year,

…Of all the things that we could NOT do when I was younger — card playing, Sunday shopping, dancing, etc. that we now CAN DO; it’s interesting that there is this one unique area where we COULD do something years ago that now Evangelicals feel we can NOT do…

So I guess we’re going to turn off the lights — hard to do when Halloween falls within Daylight Savings Time* — and hope the kids don’t throw eggs over the freshly painted aluminum siding.

If you missed last year’s more informative post about tomorrow’s special day, All Saints Day, you can read it here.   This year All Saints Sunday coincides with the day itself.

time change*Daylight Saving Time 2009 actually ends tonight, or more correctly, tomorrow morning, November 1st at 2 AM.   Maybe one of my UK readers can tell me when “Summer Time” ends over the pond.  If you’re reading this on Sunday morning, it may be earlier than you think, so you can still make it to church!

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3 Comments »

  1. True confession. I do Halloween. And I am an evangelical CHristian. I don’t just do it a little , I do it a lot. All the lightbulbs are changed to green, mummies peek out from the hedge, a life size very real looking witch sits in the rocking chair in the front porch daring everyone (via a sign in her hand) to “Touch my Pumpkin” , which of course lets out a blood curdling scream. (Gets them every time)It is all out fun for us. But I don’t post the photos on facebook or I would be afraid of a lynching!

    Comment by Cynthia — October 31, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  2. The last time I touched a woman’s pumpkin… oh wait, delete that. I simply gotta get the backspace button on this keyboard fixed.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 31, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

  3. I don’t do halloween but I sure enjoy seeing the little ones all dressed up….they are way to cute not to love watching them.

    Comment by Roxann — October 27, 2010 @ 10:04 am


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