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I will never forget October 31st, 1991!
I was driving a few of my friends’ home after a Halloween party. We were in college, we had missed our curfew so we decided to take a few shortcuts down several dirt roads to get home a little quicker.
We were just a few miles from the college and in the distance we saw several fires burning in a local cemetery. As we approached the cemetery we slowed down and saw several people dressed in black robes with hoods, circled around the bonfires with their hands raised to the sky.
I get eerie chills just thinking about this night!
As we drove slowly by the cemetery, several of the hooded worshippers glanced over at the car and I immediately hit the gas pedal and went from 15 to 75! We were spooked, freaked out I will never forget the evil feeling that surrounded my car.
I also have a good friend, his name is Mike Leehan, and Mike WAS deeply entrenched in the dark world of satanism. You can pick up Mike’s book HERE! It is called Ascent From Darkness, and it is a detailed story of his journey in and out of the dark side. So Mike has told me on numerous occasions that he also would gather on Halloween and pray to satan and his demons.
So the aged old, controversial question that I am asking today is…
“Should Parents Let Their Kids Celebrate Halloween”
If you take a second and Google this question…
You will see rants, arguments and venom from both sides of the topic.
You will find some that oppose Halloween altogether. They believe that Halloween is of the devil and that by participating you are glorifying the dark things of this world, rather than the light, Jesus Christ.
You will also find some that oppose Halloween but opt for “Church Harvest Festivals” or take a “Trunk or Treat” approach. I believe the rationale behind these events are so Christian families can still dress up, stuff themselves with chocolate, “trick or treat” in a safe environment as well as hang with their church friends.
You will also find Christ followers that have no problem celebrating Halloween. They don’t celebrate it, in terms of celebrating the origins or the dark side of it. But they love to dress up, take the kids out and confiscate loads of candy that eventually gets thrown away.
So what does Team Sprad do…?
We actually have our kids dress up, (the pic above is of my son Cole…he calls himself “Father Time” ) and we head to a local cemetery around 9pm and…
Seriously!!?! Just kidding!
We don’t fall into the “choose Halloween or Jesus camp”, nor do we go the “trunk or treat” route. We love to dress up in ridiculous costumes, gather all our friends and garner as much chocolate as we can!!
We don’t mention, celebrate or even pay attention to the dark side (that does exist)! If we are guilty of anything on Halloween it is probably gluttony!
I don’t think our kids even have a clue that there is a dark side of Halloween.
So there you go!! That’s Team Sprad’s take on Halloween.
What do you think? Should kids be allowed to celebrate Halloween?