How should Christians respond to Halloween?
From what I have observed over the years, most evangelical churches fear Halloween. They consider any engagement with it as a participation in the occult. They worry that it opens the door to the dark side of the spirit realm. Of course, this is a bit ironic, given the fact that Jesus is the name above all names and He is the one who has conquered the forces of darkness through his death, resurrection and ascension.
This article from desiringgod.org is excellent. It explores the relationship between Halloween, sanctification and mission.
Here is a snippet:
It is easy for us to get locked into Christian bubbles and soon lose contact with those who desperately need to know the good news. And it’s easy to mistake sanctification to mean separate from the world instead of separated for God’s work in the world.
It is important that the church does not get stuck in an isolationist bubble. We are called to Engage. Christmas and Easter are common festivals that were initially pagan, then became Christianised, then became commercialised. Halloween may have pagan roots, but it is just as commercial as the other festivals. As Christians we should engage with Halloween in a similar way that we engage with Christmas and Easter, we should seek to use it as an opportunity to engage with culture and as a means of demonstrating that Christ is the one who transcends and transforms the culture.
Having said all that, here is our first home-made family Jack-o'-lantern — the boys loved it!