I am an unrepentant fan of Halloween. Oh, I know it is the devil’s day. I know about its pagan roots. I too learned as a new Christian that I am supposed to bring kids to the church for Harvest Festival: the Christian imitation of Halloween.
But every one of my non-Christian neighbors will be in our cul de sac thirty minutes from now, enjoying one another’s company, hanging out, their children laughing and showing off their costumes and drinking hot chocolate together. People drive from miles around to come to my neighborhood because it is a safe place to bring inner-city kids. How unevangelical would it be to pack ourselves into a minivan and drive away on the one night of the year that my unchurched neighbors want to connect? I remember being a twenty-three year old at my first Harvest Festival and saying to my then fiancé Kari, “Here are nearly three hundred terrific people who could be light and salt in their neighborhoods and we are all here instead.”
Frankly, it is a blast to be in my neighborhood, handing out candy to the families who will come to my door, sitting around the fire-pit, bringing young adults from church to my front yard with guitars and djimbes to sing and generally make our yard the center of all the festivities. We will hand out fliers to our church’s Fall Round Up tomorrow afternoon after church – a “Harvest Festival” of sorts, but one specifically not on Halloween. After all, why should the devil have all the fun!
Excuse me, I have to go grab my cassock and sunglasses. I’m going as Neo from the Matrix. Oh, and if you are reading this on your way to the Harvest Festival, turn around. Your neighbors need you!
P.S. Feel free to critique participation in Halloween if you are also not participating in that other pagan holiday, Christmas, with its germanic tribal fertility symbol, the tree.
5 thoughts on “Halloween is awesome”
Matt, I couldn’t agree more. Christ commanded us to love our neighbor. What a perfect opportunity – that one day of the year when our neighbors are knocking to our door!
I just saw your comment, friend. The funny thing is that I just commented virtually the same thing to Paul Wilson two minutes ago. Great minds and all. 🙂
Love the reference to the other holiday with pagan roots. Blessed All Hallows Eve and to remembering All Saints.
High 5 my friend. Who needs God more than my neighbors and myself. I don’t need them to think I am better than them, how can I reach out to their needs if I really don’t know anything about them. Neighbor time is good times.
Most the people I see at church I see when I go to church. If you know,what I mean. Enjoy your blog.
Amen. Thank you for the great comment! It is the one night when my neighbors literally come to my door for hospitality. What makes us think that is a good night to leave?