Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Guest post submitted by tracyoquinn
I was at Fans for Christ where there was a thread discussing the pros and cons of celebrating Halloween. One member posted that her child's school was not allowing Halloween parties, costumes, or decorations. She was disappointed. She wanted to come in costume and read a story to her child's kindergarten class. After several issues and opinions were brought up, here is what I posted:
I think many adults don't want to admit how much fun they would have in a costume!
I suggested that we have a family Halloween party at church with an adult costume contest to encourage the parents to participate. I feel parents do not get silly and have fun with their kids enough. Anyway, the idea never really got anywhere, and my church is doing what it always does. Having (really lame) games set up in the gym and inviting the community the evening of Oct 25th.
They keep saying how important it is that they give the gospel message to the kids in the community. For one thing, not that many families come. Secondly, it turns many people off. Third, wouldn't inviting the community with no ulterior motive influence them more? Just to make friends and have relationship with them would seem to make more difference to me.
When I was not a Christian, I took my daughter to churches on Halloween for the safety factor. I felt like they were treating me like I was stupid to then ambush me with the gospel. How many people will just take the candy/fun and not feel obligated to stay to listen to the lecture? While it did not bother me to hear about Christ per se, it still felt oddly like deception – like they had to trick people into coming to church, which did not seem like what Christ would do.
How about just recognizing that Christ's body needs to change its rep from a stuffy fuddy-duddy judgmental place to a place of fun, friendship, love, and acceptance? And using whatever is going on at the moment to try to do it?
Does your church host any alternative Halloween events?