Halloween is without a doubt the most controversial holiday among evangelicals. Everyone has an opinion, and can back that opinion up with some biblical data.
Read my Halloween post from last year to get my take on the subject. I think that one of the aspects of this discussion that we completely forget about during this holiday is the principle that Paul espouses in Romans 14 and 15, as well as 1 Corinthians 8. In matters that are not cut and dried, please hear my heart: allow one another to live out our individual consciences within the bounds of morally upright behavior and with love for one another.
In other words, dressing up like a zombie hooker is probably not okay. Getting completely smashed drunk is not okay. I can point out particular biblical mandates there. Holding a séance is not okay. But is trick or treating forbidden? Is dressing up not alright? Can I allow my daughters to play dress-up every day of the year EXCEPT October 31st? (or my son, who has several Jedi costumes)
Please, whatever your position on this issue treat one another well. Remember the words of Jesus in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” When we treat each other poorly it does not show the love of God to the world but rather makes us look pretty pathetic.
So this Halloween, treat one another well. No tricks!