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Halloween and Christians





Halloween was an exciting part of my childhood, and our neighborhood became a joyous mill of children, costumed mostly in our parent’s clothes with our grinning faces covered with stiffened-cloth masks painted to look like a ghost, a cat, a dog, or maybe a clown. I recall when really scary witchy rubber masks came onto the market, but they were too expensive, and although we gawked at and pawed over the rubber ones in the dime stores, we were only able to purchase the cheap ones. We certainly never bought any complete commercial costumes; actually I don’t remember that such things were available, but they may have been. It often was turning cold in Missouri on Halloween and we wore sweaters under our scary clothes to keep our scary bodies warm. We dashed through the neighborhood alone, three little children, and said Boo! loudly, and tramped up porch steps and shouted “Tricker Treat!” and waited for the front doors to open and the Mama or Daddy of the place to hand out the treats. Our neighbors would show fright at our ugly faces, then try to guess who we were. We made scary noises deep in our throats and giggled and sometimes pulled back our masks to laughingly reveal ourselves. Three paper sacks would be extended by six arms, and we tried to eye and gauge the booty as it was plopped into our bags. We chewed and chawed, not waiting ’til we got back home, but we dug right in when we were back on the sidewalk, ready to advance on the next house, and unwrapped sticky morsels and poked them into our mouths. I am not sure at what age I learned it was not accurate to say “Tricker Treat”, but that it really was “Trick or Treat,” the implication being if someone failed to give us a treat, we would do a trick on their place. I never knew of any tricks or mischief of any kind, but with joy and fond memories, I recall the treats. My dad was involved too. He waited at home and when we just couldn’t wait any longer to thoroughly examine our sacks, we galloped home, tore through the front door and dumped on the floor our treasures. My sweet and fun dad rejoiced with us, picked over the candies, took out a few of his favorites and, every Halloween night, indulged his sweet tooth.

When our children were small, they too went treat or treating, although finally because of razor blades in apples and downright mean people, we finally walked with them and allowed our scary youngsters to knock only certain doors, and no, they couldn’t eat any of the take until we had gone home and carefully examined each piece.

It was only a few years ago that I ever considered evil being connected with Halloween, although of course as a child we dressed up like ghosts and witches and made scary noises, but to my mind, and I believe to most people’s of that era, it was merely in fun. But we learn as we go along, and now, most of the churches I know, have Harvest Festivals or such, and no longer do we celebrate witches and graveyards and Frankinstein. We haven’t had anyone knock on our door yelling “Tricker Treat” in many years. Occasionally, though, someone has brought by our home a tiny ghost or a raging tiger for us to admire.

Find out more about the origins of Halloween. Link and picture by the History Channel.














By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “Halloween and Christians”

Interesting to read the comments from 2006. I wonder if anyone’s thoughts have changed on the holiday since then. We do not celebrate Halloween and I don’t keep the porch light on to encourage candy grabbers at the door. I am pretty much against “harvest festivals” myself. I would have no problem with them if they were held on a different day or later in November etc. But in my opinion by holding them on Halloween and just relabeling them you are telling your children that “hey, you really are missing out on something good, we have to fix that.” No, they are NOT missing out on anything great. Candy. Sure, then go buy your kid some candy if it is that important. But teaching your children the truth and standing on it will be life lasting. Candy will just produce a day of over-indulgence. I have 11 grandchildren. They all know that if they come here I have no Halloween goodies for them, but on any other day I will have plenty of cookies, goodies, hugs and attention for them. That’s more valuable than a snack sized Mars bar any day. And yes, some of my grandchildren do go trick or treating. Some don’t. I don’t judge their parents decision but they know that if they ask me I will explain to my grandchildren why I don’t take part in Halloween these days.

Like you Halloween was “innocent” in my childhood. It meant driving to about six neighboring ranches and the kids, in our most un-PC costumes would play kick the can while our parents caught up on the news and ranching stuff. It isn’t like I don’t have fond memories of those times, but truth prevails and I can’t see the innocence anymore.d

In our part of the country this day is almost downright evil. A huge portion of the population takes part in Dia de Muertos. The Day of the Dead. We have altars built on house porches or at the cemetery. People go to eat a picnic lunch at the cemetery with their deceased loved ones. Sugar skulls are sold everywhere and death is glorified. I know that many would disagree with me but I prefer to celebrate life.


Light has come, and its a good morning here in Arizona in the USA. Thanks to you, Carol, Helen and Maria for chiming in on the Halloween issue.

Blessings, hope and joy today.


At 15 minutes past eight here at Michael’s in Havasu, not one youngster has come to the door. Earlier in the evening I did see four mid-size witches cross the lot in front of our motor home. They wore ragged dark clothes and carried pointed black hats in their hands. I believe I heard a snicker or two and gathered they might be on their way to a neighborhood party.


Hi Shirley,

We had seven kids come to our door. All had parents close by.

If people choose not to celebrate Halloween, it’s really none of my business. But what we do is probably not objectionable to a lot of people.
We ate chili and pumpkin pie. And, yes, candy. We watched “ghost story” aneme. I floated orange candles and mums in a bowl. We had fun. Last year I made popcorn and was going to this year too, but I forgot.

Yes, safety is a huge factor. My kids have gone door to door to select neighbors, and we’ve attended school and church festivals and have nothing against either. We even went to The Phantom of the Opera with Bill’s parents one year. One year at the height of the razor blade threat, I bought and hid candy for Troy and made clues so he had to search for each piece. I just made sure he didn’t feel cheated by parental paranoia.

Biil and a male neighbor took Victor and their kids in our neighborhood when they were little. Victor stopped caring about the method of obtaining candy at an early age, but he still eats his share, and he’s almost 21!


This is the only holiday we do not celebrate. While we have been to Harvest parties before, our kids have never gone trick or treating, and I don’t feel like I’m depriving them of anything. They already eat too much candy as it is. Usually, Halloween is a family night for us. We keep our porch light off and play games in our family room. However, we have a piano lesson tonight(an hour away), so that’s what we’ll be doing. I don’t condemn anyone for celebrating Halloween, but it is our family’s personal conviction not to do so.


Helen, perhaps it’s different in your part of the country, but in ours, Halloween is no longer as benign as when you and I were children. Most people do not consider it safe for their children to be out on the streets as I was when a child in Springfield, Mo. Stores in malls in our area now hand out candy, and one will see many costumed children in those shopping centers tonight. I believe the safety of youngsters is the primary reason for Harvest Festivals at churches, and certainly witches and demons and such are downplayed in such settings.

We’re at our son’s in Lake Havasu, the hall table in his home is filled with goodies for any goblins who traverse this way, and I’m eager to see how many will drop in.

I’d be interested in knowing how many “trick or treaters” visit each home of those who read this column.


Halloween or Harvest Festival?

Pumpkins, apples, games, candy.

Candy, candy, candy, candy.

And that’s all there is to American Halloween. It’s as benign now as when we were children. And Christians who think otherwise are making much ado about candy. Think I am wrong? Try flushing out the pagan holidays associated with Easter.

Christians are born again, but we can’t do anything about the history of the seasons on planet earth.


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