But first, a bit about Halloween. Feel free to skip this part, if you’re not interested. Some folks consider Halloween a harmless secular celebration, and go all out to enjoy it. Some folks observe the Christian Hallowed Evening before All Saints Day. Some ignore the day, because it doesn’t apply to them. I find most interesting the folks who religiously observe Halloween by trying to scare people into not observing Halloween because it’s against their religion and too scary. They don’t even see the irony.
I mostly stay home and give out bags of candy, with puzzle games and coloring pages and a little note that says only, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die, but will have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIrV.
ALTERNATIVE CELEBRATION IDEA BASED ON THE HEBREW CALENDAR
The Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar (that we use in USA) do not always sync up this way, but on Halloween Day, October 31, 2013, it will be the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, which is believed to be the anniversary of the day that Noah and his family and all the animals were finally able to leave the ark after the great flood.
When they exited the ark at God’s calling, Noah built an altar to the LORD, and the sacrifice pleased God. God promised to never again destroy the earth by flood, and he gave mankind the rainbow as a sign of his promise.
So, if you don’t celebrate Halloween, or you just want something else to celebrate on this day, celebrate God’s promises! Celebrate his deliverance. Celebrate Noah’s faith. Celebrate the earth and the animals and the people that God preserved for us. You can decorate with rainbows and rainbow-colored streamers and balloons, make a rainbow cake, eat rainbow sherbet and read the account of Noah and the flood from the Bible (Genesis 7:1 through 9:17).
If your celebration includes children, read from a kid-friendly version of the Bible (Try New International Reader’s Version, available online), dress up like animals from the ark, play games, color your best rainbow pictures and eat rainbow-colored candies. It’s all good.
“Noah had faith. So he built an ark to save his family. He built it because of his great respect for God. God had warned him about things that could not yet be seen. Because of his faith he showed the world that it was guilty. Because of his faith he was considered right with God.” –Hebrews 11:7, NIrV
What about you? Do you observe All Saints Day or Halloween or nothing at all? Will you celebrate the anniversary of leaving the ark this year?