First things first, I feel I should point you to this video, as Glen Scrivener puts a poetic twist on the reasons for Halloween and a great Christian perspective.
The big thing that really gets me about Halloween is the way that it is suddenly OK for children to knock on strangers’ doors asking for sweets. Not only that, but dressed sometimes in massively inappropriate costumes – I distinctly remember seeing a Hannibal Lecter mask in British Bookshops Sussex Stationers alongside all the other Halloween paraphernalia. And then you have the oversexualised costume sported by teenagers at various Halloween parties, inspired particularly by Mean Girls. I don’t have a problem with people who dress in that way, but it is a different matter when they are justifying their clothing choices because ‘it’s Halloween’, especially because that then creates pressure for all the other girls. (as I’m writing this I am VERY conscious about my audience and the fact that my good friends may well be doing the exact thing that I am describing – however my MAIN issue is with those under 18s who do this and think that it’s completely normal – IT’S NOT VERY EASY TO PUT INTO WORDS, says the girl with a blog)
At home there is a family next door but one who always have a big Halloween party, I am very used to the celebration of Halloween. But what’s even more unnerving is how it’s changed from a superstitious ritual to protect us from evil spirits (with some very disturbing customs associated with this, which I don’t know enough about to go into) to a massive, supposedly national, festival permeating popular culture, shops and the media. I bought something from the campus shop earlier and was served by someone wearing a ghost headband; I almost walked back down to Tesco instead.
But if you all want to celebrate Halloween that’s fine! I understand that I am the minority and that the response ‘I don’t celebrate Halloween’ is not heard often in today’s world. However, think about what you are celebrating, where it came from, and why you don’t just treat it like any other night. Instead of going to a Halloween party or down to the SU dressed as a sexy vampire or something, I will be heading to see a student production of Almost, Maine and then actually going down to the SU in a different capacity to once again help with Club Mission (so come and say hello!)
And for another Christian perspective much better than mine see: http://witchalls.co.uk/content/blog/reject-receive-redeem/