Harrhof: How Christians Should View Halloween

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“Beloved, do not IMITATE evil but IMITATE good.” — 3 John 1:11a

Guest contributor, Kristine Harrhof

When my kids put on their cow costume from our dress-up box,
what’s the first thing they do?

They get down on all fours and “moooo” like a cow.

When they put on their astronaut costume,
what’s the first move they make?

They climb up high on the couch, land on the “moon,” and tell all family members that they now need to be addressed as “Mr. Astronaut” for the rest of the day.

Likewise, when our kids/teens dress up —
for Halloween or Fall Festivals or Trunk or Treats or a costume birthday party in July —
like devils, witches, demons, prostitutes, zombies, ghosts, Playboy bunnies, demon-possessed people, or axe-murderers,…

or even when they dress up like “innocent” characters like
sorcerers such as Harry Potter,
hyper-feminist characters like Wonder Woman,
seductresses like Marilyn Monroe,
immodest Disney princesses with private areas hanging out,
boys-dressed-like-girl characters,
girls-dressed-like-boy characters,
pirates who steal and commit violence for a living,
prison inmates in black-and-white,
celebrities who sing of the joys of fornication,
celebrities who portray sin in a positive light in movies,
celebrities who are blatantly immodest or have a love of money, vanity, or materialism…

what’s the first thing they do?

Besides taking on the physical resemblance,
they often take on the character, the facial expressions, the verbal expressions, the personality, and the actions of the character they are dressed up as.

In other words, they IMITATE not only the looks of their chosen costume character, but the entire personality of that character as well.

Yet Scripture says:

“Beloved, do not IMITATE evil but IMITATE good.”
— 3 John 1:11a

“When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to IMITATE the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who… uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord….”
— Deut. 18:9-13

verb (used with object), imitated, imitating
1. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
2. to mimic; impersonate:
4. to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.

Who ya letting your kids imitate next week and why?
Could it be desensitizing them to that which the Lord hates?

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