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Choice News FRIDAY, OCT 15, 2004  |  34 comments
Sunday Halloween Irks Some in Bible Belt

Realistic looking corpses go too far. Is this Christian?
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Across the Bible Belt this Halloween, some little ghosts and goblins might get shooed away by the neighbors - and some youngsters will not be allowed to go trick-or-treating at all - because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

"It's a day for the good Lord, not for the devil," said Barbara Braswell, who plans to send her 4-year-old granddaughter Maliyah out trick-or-treating in a princess costume on Saturday instead.

Some towns around the country are decreeing that Halloween be celebrated on Saturday to avoid complaints from those who might be offended by the sight of demons and witches ringing their doorbell on the Sabbath. Others insist the holiday should be celebrated on Oct. 31 no matter what.

"Moving it, that's like celebrating Christmas a week early," said Veronica Wright, who bought a Power Rangers costume for her son in Newnan. "It's just a kid thing. It's not ...

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News Item10/28/04 5:23 PM
Jolee | Pennsylvania  
Tracts aren't a waste of time if they are used in the right setting , I was wondering if putting them out on Halloween was a bad idea ? If that might send out the wrong kind of a message ? Or if that would make someone take them alot less seriously due to the nature of the Halloween itself ? That was all I was asking .

News Item10/28/04 4:56 PM
Don | NY  
Yeah, people don't read tracks anymore. They think they're stupid. I think they're a waste of time.

News Item10/28/04 4:52 PM
Jolee | Pennsylvania  
I never even thought about that C.K. ! Thank you , now I won't have to worry about hiding behind closed doors , I won't be here ! atleast until 7 and the trick or treaters are out until 9 here ...maybe stay after and have a late supper with our brothers and sisters at church . I have read in a few other forums where people hand out tracts with the this a good idea or is it putting off the wrong kind of message ?

News Item10/28/04 11:29 AM
Good idea, CK.

News Item10/28/04 11:14 AM
C K Peterson  
I would rather not ever have this holiday. But, I am rather glad it falls on a sunday this year, I won't have to hide in my house behind the darkness to keep the children from knocking on my door over and over for me to hand them a gospel track which they most likely will toss aside as they eat the good stuff.....I will be in church when the trick or treaters come.....I will leave a sign on my door, sorry nobody here we have gone to Worship the God of creation this evening.

News Item10/24/04 3:07 AM
Norman Smith | New Haw,England  Contact via email
Some really good comments made about this news item.

It came to my mind, that the people mentioned agree it is devilish,therefore not to be done on Sunday,but surely BECAUSE it is devilish,it should not be done at any time ?

Good opportunity to witness for the Lord seems to be the most positive thing for a Christian that comes out of this.

However,we must be discerning,many years ago ,3 children knocked on my door and said "trick or treat". I gave them a Bible each,and realise now, that i have given that which is holy unto the dogs.(?)

I cannot turn the clock back,so i do hope that in providence, for at least one of those children, who would be a grown up bnow,that that Bible has been used by the Lord for her souls blessing.

Lord, please do forgive our sins of omission,and sins of comission,especially when w have sought to honour thee,and probably have dishonoured thee.


News Item10/24/04 1:28 AM
anon 33k  
"Realistic looking corpses go too far. Is this Christian?"

Should the image be on this website?


News Item10/23/04 1:08 PM
Neil | Tucson  
Not a few churches today promote "Harvest Festivals" or "Trunk or Treat" on 31 Oct, as supposedly "sanctified" alternatives to Halloween. These seem to be an attempt to have it both ways - the "fun" of Halloween without the sinister symbolism. There is also the more respectable "All Saints Day" and "Reformation Day." But the problem with all these is, what authority does any church have to designate certain days as "holy?" If the ceremonial Law is "out of gear," and no Christian would celebrate the Day of Atonement or Passover, does it mean we are now, in the Gospel age, free to invent new holy days? No, only those God has so designated.

This seems like carping, but when a church places its sanction behind any corporate activity, there is an implied censure of those who don't participate. We are told from the pulpit that "it'll be really fun" and "don't miss it." Only a party-pooper wouldn't participate. If a pastor is going to make a person feel this way, he'd better have Divine warrant for saying so.


News Item10/23/04 12:33 PM
Remember the scripture on this matter. It is serious:
1st Corinthians 10:20-22
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
2 Corinthians 6:14 for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

News Item10/23/04 12:05 PM
Dr. Ken Matto | Edison, NJ  Contact via email
This is a good article but one thing doesn't fit. If Barbara Braswell really studied what halloween was all about, she wouldn't allow her child to partake no matter what day it falls on. Oct. 31 is Reformation Day when Europe began to be free from RC superstition. Halloween was unknown in the USA till Irish Catholics began to bring it into this country in the 1800's. No Christians should have anything to do with it. It is a satanic day and we serve the Lord God and we need to remind our children that the adults are the parents and they are the children. Too many parents serve their children and kowtow to whatever they want to do, even if it is adulating Satan on his day. We are not to love the world nor the things in it, especially anything which is directly related to satanism and occultism. Christians wake up already!

News Item10/17/04 11:33 PM
I am not surprised. Those screaming Baptists down south are so uptight that anything is liable to set them off. I really don't care what they have to say.

News Item10/17/04 3:50 PM
Mike, it wouldn't matter what day this falls on. I don't and won't take part in this no matter what day of the week. Every day is a day dedicated to Christ.

News Item10/17/04 3:35 PM
Mike | New York  
"You just don't do it on Sunday," said Sandra Hulsey of Greenville, Ga. "That's Christ's day. You go to church on Sunday, you don't go out and celebrate the devil. That'll confuse a child."

True. But Sandra seems to be confused herself, along with others in the news item.

If the offense is celebration of the devil on Sunday, is there less offense if it were to occur on, say, Thursday? Not OK, but acceptable?

Every day is the Lord's. If Sunday alone is the Lord's, to whom does the rest of the week belong?


News Item10/17/04 3:08 PM
Jim | Nebraska  
Jolee, a good site for finding out about Jewish customs is:

In some ways, he has almost too good of site for this type of material. I sometimes think there is a little bit of over emphasis on Jewish traditions.

I saw comment about holding holloween on Saturday instead of Sunday. Considering Saturday is the actual Jewish Sabbath of the Ten Commandments, it does not set a good example. Churches should always have something for the kids of their congregations to do on holloween. Also it is a good time to give out Christian tracts with the candy.


News Item10/17/04 10:22 AM
Norman Smith | New Haw,England  Contact via email
Dear saints,
there are plenty of literature around warning of the dangers of halloween , and of why the saints should not have anything to do with it at all ! "Abstain from all appearance of evil". (1 Thess.5:22)(Discerning beleiver,thankyou for your link.)

As regards Xmas, plenty of literature,sermons around as well,to help and edify, and we are behoved to "prove all things,and hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
which is costly, of course, when one desires to walk a holy life and shun that which displeases the Lord.

...i recommend for starters, A.W.Pink's leaflet,entitled "Xmas".

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil... (Exodus 23:2)

May the Lord have mercy upon us all.


News Item10/16/04 10:57 PM
Discerning Believer  
Before all you Christians out there dress up your children to go out and Trick or Treat, you may want to give this article a good read.

Christians, it is high time to awake out of sleep and pray for discernemt.


News Item10/16/04 1:39 PM
Jolee | Pennsylvania  
Yamil , I am also curious about hannakuh . Do you know of a good website I could visit ? Thanks alot

News Item10/16/04 1:37 PM
Jolee | Pennsylvania  
Keeping it basic and biblical is the key msc , you can't do that where halloween is concerned . Nothing about it is Christian oriented . It's all about fear and supernatual thing that are best left alone .I read on down and Nicole makes a good point as well , whether it's sunday or not shouldn't matter to anyone . btw MSC , I love the good christmas hymns and sneak them in throughout the year . My Oldest daughter wants you to send us some snow , so we can go sledding a little earlier . Thanks everyone and have a blessed day !

News Item10/16/04 12:42 PM
Jolee, you made some good points...keeping things biblical...and the witchcraft at's condemned...even today self-proclaimed witches have confessed salvation upon repentance and believing on Christ.
I think Christmas should be kept simple and of Christ, Christmas hymns, home services based on Luke's account of the Gospel and birth of Christ, etc...I even listen to Christmas hymns year around..LOL...but since most aren't in English, everyone else just kinda thinks they're hymns..unless they hear a familiar tune. And it's snowing here...tis the season.

News Item10/16/04 12:21 PM
Jolee | Pennsylvania  
I feel that Our culture has ruined the true meaning of Christmas , It's all about the gifts not about Christ . We were considering dropping it , But it is my favorite day of the year . I am like msc , I love the feeling of it . And it's true that Hannukah is a real biblical holiday . Guess it's just something we need to pray about . As for Halloween , Their are alot of christians who are diluted into thinking that it's just a cute holiday with little kids dressed up and fake ghosts and witches flying on broomsticks , that it's basically innocent and all in fun . If only more people knew what goes on in the world of satanisn and witchcraft on that day . It would be bannished from more christians homes . I found a good link on . The link also speaks on other pagan traditions we unwittingly participate in . Halloween is a day for people to give homage to the pagan lord of death Samhain . Everything about it , from dressing up to bobbing for apples has been proven to be linked to some evil practice .
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