The list author says: "It's that time of year, again... when little ghosts and goblins may be roaming your neighborhood, and ringing your doorbell to joyously exclaim, "Trick or Treat!"
But the question arises: Is Halloween an appropriate activity for Christians? Should Christians whose doorbell rings pass out scary anti-Halloween tracts such as Jack Chick's "Boo!" or "Happy Halloween," or give out evangelistic tracts like "Trick or Truth" or “Don’t Be Tricked” along with (or in lieu of) candy? Or can Christians joyfully participate in the holiday?
Some churches have "alternative" costume parties on Halloween (see "Redeeming Halloween" and “The Un-Halloween Book” below), but many parents wonder if they should let their kids dress up (not as Satan, demons, "evil" witches, or other inappropriate characters, of course) as Spider-Man, or a princess, or even as biblical figures (e.g., Noah), and go "Trick-or-Treating" among their neighbors.
The word "Halloween" is actually of Christian origin, and is a contraction of "All Hallows' Eve," where "hallow" means "holy," and refers to All Saints' Day (originally celebrated in May, but moved to November 1--the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s Cathedral--in the 8th century by Pope Gregory III). "Eve" referred to the evening vigil preceding the feast (similar to the vigil on Christmas Eve). Reformation Day [October 31st, the day Luther posted his 95 theses] is also celebrated by many Protestants.
Yes, Halloween is associated by some with pagan fall harvest festivals, or with "Samhain" [pronounced SOW-en] a Celtic/Druidic New Year's festival; the Mexican "Day of the Dead" festival on November 1st is also related. (But the Druids had been destroyed by the Romans before Christianity came to the British Isles.)
I'm not taking sides: Here are books and other materials on BOTH sides of the issue. The "Pro"-Halloween materials first, then the "Anti" materials, followed by some secular historical treatments, and a few tracts."
"Argues, "Halloween [is] an opportunity to glorify ... the One who has given us the victory over the 'prince of darkness' ... By dressing up in costumes and portraying frightening creatures ... we are poking fun at the Serpent whose kingdom has been plundered by our Savior.""