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Are you planning a Hallowe'en party this year?

If you have children, you will want to enjoy the fun with them. If you are a teacher or leader in a young people's organisation, the run-up to the 31st October can be a hectic time of making costumes and decorations, dressing up and organising parties.

Harmless fun?

A Hallowe'en party may not be the harmless fun it appears to be. It can invite young, inquisitive minds to become interested in witchcraft, pagan religions and occultism.

Very close beneath the surface of the ordinary Hallowe'en party lies the reality of occult power, witchcraft and satanic activity. No responsible adult should be blind to the fact that this kind of fun and games can be a subtle introduction to something very nasty, squalid and dangerous.

This may seem heavy condemnation of "harmless", spooky fun, but we rightly condemn anyone who introduces a young person to the "fun" of their first experiment with drugs. We should also condemn those who invite children to be careless about evil powers.

Jesus gave one of His most severe warnings to people who wilfully or carelessly cause children to be spiritually harmed. “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.” (Mark 9:42). Strong words from someone whose teaching is universally respected!

What is Hallowe'en?

The medieval church feast of "All Hallows Eve" was kept on the 31st October which had been the celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain marked the end of summer. Laws were re-affirmed and land tenures renewed. It was the celtic and anglo-saxon equivalent New Year's Eve: a festival when bonfires were lit to frighten away evil spirits. Witches, foul fiends and evil powers were thought to be set free on that night in order to disturb the natural order of life.

Modern Hallowe'en owes much of its popularity to a custom imported from America. Hallowe'en, American-style, is a night of mischief - the equivalent of Mischievous Night on 4th November in Yorkshire. In the 19th century, boys and young men went on orgies of vandalism. Today the custom is continued as children knock on doors, asking for money, sweets or cakes as an inducement not to vandalise. Few, if any of us, will escape this mini threat of "trick or treat" from neighbourhood children.

Fascinating?

There is something in each one of us that is fascinated by the unknown, that realm beyond the purely physical that includes things such as astrology, ghosts, or other, unexplained happenings and is explored in horror films and some ancient religions. However, these things are far from harmless. It is through such interests that evil powers worm their way into our minds to confuse and oppress.

Our God is a loving Father who wants only the best for His family. He directly forbids any dealings with evil powers which corrupt and enslave. “Don't let your people practise divination or look for omens or use spells or charms; don't let them consult the spirits of the dead.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

God wants us to find our spiritual happiness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He offers us nothing less than a share in the spiritual power which enabled Jesus Christ to live such an incredibly rich, full and influential life.

Mothers, fathers, leaders of young people: the responsibility rests with all of us. Yes! Let’s have a party! We don't want to be killjoys! But it doesn't need to have witches and ghosts to be enjoyable. Have a bonfire, a barbecue, music, games... and make "All Hallows Eve" something really happy and harmless for all the children and young people. It could be a “Hallelujah Party” or a "Light Party".

Fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise; things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honourable.” (Philippians 4:8)