This morning I read a fascinating history on Halloween at the Resurgence blog. The conclusion struck me as very apt and a fun way to look at the holiday.
For those who are still bothered by Halloween’s historical association with evil spirits, Martin Luther has some advice on how to respond to the devil: “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him for he cannot bear scorn.” Perhaps instead of fleeing the darkness in fear, we should view Halloween as an opportunity to mock the enemy whose power over us has been broken.
The worst thing, in my mind, is to react in ignorance (based on vague rumors and old wives tales) and play into the stereotypical traps of fear of things in which we don’t really understand.
I’ve wondered about Halloween and its place in the Christian church since I became a believer, so it was great to understand the origins better and formulate my own opinion on the holiday. My advice: have fun with it and don’t let the devil “win” by giving into fear.