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Alternative Halloween Parties

Should churches have 'alternative' hallowe-en parties or should we just remain totally separate from the event and do whatever we would have been doing in our church or home tonight?

Moderator - Christians should never attempt to copy the world and its paganism.

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I agree with Moderator. God means it when He says "Come out from among them and be separate". Christians are to have nothing to do with what the world does. Problem is the Church has gotten so much of the world into it that it is hardly recognisable any more.
---Helen_5378 on 12/2/07

I don't consider the celebration of Jesus' birth to be pagan. However, the date on which most celebrate it is not the "real McCoy". If you read carefully, you will note that Jesus' birth occurred during Sucot (Feast of Tabernacles), which falls in Sept./Oct. It's actually kind of neat to see how prophecy is fulfilled when you know the true timing of His birth. However, I do also celebrate Him in December.
---daphn8897 on 11/2/06

We had an outstanding Halloween Parade for the residents in out facility with several parties for the residents and trick or treating for staff children [good inter-generational programming]enjoyed by all.
---Phil_the_Elder on 11/1/06

those whom call themselves christians should avoid halloween for God doesn't like us to do anything with evil,no matter how many disguises it can look "pretty" & even be in a church bldg, but still is evil underneath.
---candice on 11/1/06

**The celebration of Christmas in December came because of a "christian" king/emp. replacing a pagan celebration.**

If you say this, Daphne, then you clearly know nothing about the origin of the Solemnity of the Nativity.

It had NOTHING WHATEVER to do with the emperor.
---Jack on 11/1/06

in our neck of the woods, all churches gathered together to give our children a good alternative to halloween and trick or treat and altogether, we had 400 children who enjoyed every moment of what was provided free with food. I cringe at the sight of very young kids walking the streets alone knocking on doors. This to me is teaching them to bludge off others for a treat. Who knows, there could be someone lurking around waiting to pounce.
---mmadm on 10/31/06

The kids down my building came by this evening and gave my sister a little bag of candy with a tract in it. They wanted me to have one too, as I have been friendly with them and their mother. They made the bags at their church this evening. It was so sweet of them. The tract tells the plan of salvation for kids.

How different that is than from the kids going out taking candy from strangers.
---Madison1101 on 10/31/06

Daph, I would like to know the reason why you think the moderator celebrates Christmas on another day besides December. I agree with the moderator that Halloween is a pagan holiday. Halloween is the Catholics way of honoring their saints. Do you consider Christmas to be a pagan holiday?
---Norma7374 on 10/31/06

You are correct, I don't celebrate Nimrod's birthday.
---Moderator on 10/31/06

"Chill Out", is about all I can say to, "Doom sayers". While halloween started out as a very pagan - doubt if very many know it's origin. It's time for Christians to take advantage of halloween, and make it a positive experience. For example: our church has an annual, "Pumpkin Patch" Over 2,000 famlies attended last year - many who became members or attenders of our church, which is very evangelical.
---wivv on 10/31/06

Moderator, If you believe that, then you probably celebrate Jesus' birth during Sucot(sp?), or the Feast of Tabernacles - which is usually in September/October - depending how it falls each year. The celebration of Christmas in December came because of a "christian" king/emp. replacing a pagan celebration.
---daphn8897 on 10/31/06

What's the point in having Pumpkin Parties or Harvest Festivals on 31 October--and then claim you're not having a Halloween party?

Such people only fool themselves.
---Jack on 10/31/06

2 Cor. 6:14-18
---Leon on 10/31/06

Our church doesn't have a holloween party, but people from church do not let their kids go to school on holloween, because of all the activities that take part on this day. Instead, our parents bring their kids to church to listen to Bible stories, to sing hymns, to communicate with one another. Also, we have a church service at night so that the people are at church and not at home giving out candy to other kids. We have brothers preach to us and we worship the Lord.
---elena on 10/31/06

Have you noticed all the paranormal TV programs on every channel. Ghost hunters, aliens, seances, every commercial, even the cooking shows, morning shows and weathermen. Everyone embraces paganism, but 'Happy Holidays' greetings are coming soon. No more Jesus is the reason for the season. Donna2277, I would like to come to your house for dinner.
---Shiela on 10/31/06

We do not celebrate Halloween at our Church! We have a Harvest or Fall Festival. Which ever you want to call it. We have bags of candy for the children and games. And, we use this time to tell people, who come about Jesus Christ. Christians should not celebrate Halloween. Because it is identified with WitchCraft and Paganism.
---Ruby on 10/31/06

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No. Our church has alternative Halloween party as well and I refuse to attend. Just my opinion, even if you use "Friendly" costumes, it is no different from the secular. Friendly costumes, candy, and etc...just a new way of marketing Halloween.
---Ralph on 10/31/06

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