The multi-sided Christian Halloween


Seniors Ian Ko, Nolen Wright, and Abby Swafford show off their Halloween costumes

Most of the time, the thought of sending children out on their own to wander the streets at night  in the cold comes off as ridiculous. Yet there’s one night each year where this exact thing takes place. Kids of all ages dress up as Spiderman or a witch or some other character and go door to door trick-or-treating and eating candy until their stomachs hurt and their cheeks are bright red from the crisp autumn air. This one day every year falls on October 31st. Halloween.

Among the Christian community, Halloween tends to be a bit of a controversial topic. Halloween, though it began as a holiday celebrating the harvest and hoping to ward off demons, has evolved into a darker holiday in the minds of some. They believe that a more sinister intent lies as the foundation of Halloween. That it’s a holiday celebrating Satan, his demons, and dark magic. Sometimes Halloween is even referred to as “Satan’s birthday.” The duality of this holiday is why some Christians choose not to celebrate it, rather to treat it like any other fall night. No carving pumpkins, no trick-or-treating, no dressing up, and nothing resembling a Halloween activity.

Some families, like the Gulin family, have found a happy medium.

“My parents don’t like the spiritual, satanic aspect of Halloween,” junior Alex Gulin said. “But I don’t really see a problem with dressing up and having fun. They just want us to understand where it comes from.”

The Gulin family understands Halloween to be a pagan holiday celebrating darker things.

“I guess Satan started Halloween and it has been changed and adapted- like [how hispanic] people celebrate Dia de los Muertos- so it’s not the original holiday, but my parents just freak out about the original meaning or practice of it,” Gulin said.

The Gulin family, rather than celebrating Halloween with scary movies and freaky costumes, travel to Vale’s Pumpkin Patch in Omaha, Nebraska where Gulin’s cousins live.

“One weekend in October we drive up there and my aunt and uncle rent a fire pit area at Vala’s and we make a part of it,” Gulin said. “There’s a lot of things to do. There’s haunted houses and giant jumping pillows, peddle car races and random little shows throughout.”

The Gulin family eats apple cider doughnuts while going on hayrides and picking out pumpkins. On their way out of Vale’s, it’s a tradition to eat caramel-covered apples.

Other families, such as the Miller family, don’t believe it started as an evil holiday nor is one today. In fact, for them, it’s a highly anticipated family event.

“I love Halloween,” math teacher, tennis coach, and head of the theatre department Brian Miller said. “It’s a chance to dress up and get candy.”

Miller does not see Halloween as a holiday celebrating any part of a darker spiritual realm whatsoever.

“Everybody says that it’s all about Satan- it’s not about Satan,” Miller said. “It’s actually celebrating the end of the harvest. You can put pagan rituals with anything if you truly want to. Halloween is a chance to dress up and have fun. That’s the way that we look at it in our home.”  

In fact, Halloween is actually quite a big deal in the Miller household.

“All of our family comes over and all of our cousins come over because our neighborhood is really fun and we all get together and we go trick-or-treating and then we drink hot cider and laugh,” Miller said. “I don’t know what’s un-Christian about that!”

Whether you see Halloween as a holiday celebrating Satan or as a fun, family day full of free candy and dressing up, Halloween as a whole is another fun fall day. Pumpkins on doorsteps, chill air bringing a rosy tint to cheeks, bright orange, red, and yellow leaves falling to ground just waiting to be raked up and jumped in. Besides, November 1st means bags and bags of candy on sale to stock up on and pig out on, which is something to celebrate whether you love Halloween or not.