I learned a simple but profound Halloween witness from one of our neighbors in seminary. The day before Halloween, she and her daughter got their pumpkin and carved a simple cross on its side instead of a jack o’lantern face. It sat on the top of the stairs to their front porch. The warm glow of the candle shining through the cross greeted every little visitor that dark and windy Halloween night. It looked beautiful. I thought, “How much better than having no pumpkin out there. This is Christ-like.” Christ came into the world and into each of our lives not to eradicate us, but to transform us, to be the light in our darkness. Our neighbor had the inspiration to enter Halloween — not simply to turn her back on it — and to transform it to a witness for Christ. That’s what I call evangelism (see Acts17:16-34).
Living Hope Family Church shares its faith during Halloween with a Fall Festival. It’s designed to take the idea of horror out of a day that glorifies witches, demons and satanic worship. The fall festival has games for all ages and then there is a time of ministry through skits and plays.
I believe that the church should be creative and use every opportunity to witness the Gospel. Today’s popular cultural participates in sorcery, witchcraft and voodoo, all under the disguise of Halloween. For this reason, Christians must be strong witnesses for the Lord to pull down these strongholds of tradition.