It doesn’t seem right: ‘Happy Halloween’, after all judging by the mock graves in peoples gardens and skeletons hanging from front doors it seems anything but happy! In a strange irony the one subject we must never talk about in public and the one event we all fear is celebrated. For a few hours our children will dress up and parade our streets as the Grim Reaper or the Living Dead, in search of a years supply of chocolate and sweets. After all it is just a little bit of light-hearted fun, as we playfully scare ourselves to death! Now I don’t know if you will greet your neighbour with a ‘Happy Halloween’ but here’s why I think we should celebrate Halloween!
Overcoming Our Greatest Fear
When Halloween is over we will all revert back to our greatest fear and no one will be allowed to mention the ‘D’ – word. It’s odd don’t you think that one moment we can play the role the next we avoid it like the plague! Perhaps Woody Allen got it right when he said: ‘I’m not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens’. That’s the sad reality we want to make fun of death but we still fear it. So what is there to celebrate? Well the bible, which talks a lot about death, tells us we need not fear death. ‘Jesus shared in our humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death’. Hebrews 2v14-15. The historical fact of Jesus’ death and resurrection means people like us don’t need to fear death. It has been defeated and destroyed. If we place our faith in Jesus we can truly laugh and mock death because it no longer has any hold over us – not just at Halloween but all through the year!