Why It’s OK For Christians To Take Part In Halloween

[From the archives.]

Tom Burns and his daughter pair up for Halloween costumes every year. As he wrote on his blog, this year she was unsure if her choice was all right so she asked her dad, “Do you think I could be Han Solo?”

Her hesitation? Han Solo is not a woman or girl, like all the other characters she’s dressed up as in previous years.

I love Burns’ response: “Yeah, why, of course, you could. That would be amazing. Why couldn’t you be Han Solo?”

Then she dropped the big one, telling him he should dress up as Princess Leia. Here’s the result.

Han and Leia ready to take on the Empire (The Good Men Project)

Han and Leia ready to take on the Empire
(The Good Men Project)

If I’m going to tell my daughter that she can do almost anything a man can do (excepting some very specific biological acts), then I also need to show her that a man can do almost anything a woman can do too… especially when it’s something awesome like dressing up as a character from one of the best movies ever.

Burns is right. Star Wars is one of the best movies ever. (You can disagree with me in the comments, but you’ll never convince me to think otherwise!) Plus, Han and Leia are the two best characters from the entire set of Star Wars movies, and while they each have their flaws they also have admirable traits that make for good dress-up fun.

The other thing that comes to mind is Galatians 3:28.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Burns knew that being a little girl was no reason not to wear a Han Solo costume, and likewise being a grown man was no reason not to pair up with his daughter by coming up with a Princess Leia costume.

Fighting the Fallacies of Men’s and Women’s Roles in Society

Some people in the church insist that there are things men and women can and can’t do: women need to get married and stay home to raise a family, men have to work and can’t stay home to raise a family, girls can’t play football, boys can’t play with dolls. The lists people come up with seem endless.

None of that is in the Bible, though, and it’s all a load of hooey. They’re just somebody’s idea of laws and rules they want you to follow because they can’t handle the freedom that comes from belonging to Jesus.

Here’s something that is in the Bible, though.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2.)


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Ephesians 5:1.)

So enjoy your freedom from rules and condemnation.

  • Do you want to celebrate Halloween? Go ahead.
  • Do you want to wear costumes – for Halloween or any other time of the year – even though someone might say you can’t wear them just because you’re male or female? Go ahead.
  • Do you want to make some kid really happy by saying yes to something the Bible doesn’t anywhere at all ever prohibit? GO AHEAD!

And if, like our family, you choose not to celebrate Halloween, please go right ahead and do that as well.* Let no one condemn you for it, because if God isn’t condemning your choice why should you listen to anyone else about it?

So despite how much I love the movie, rather than employ the standard Star Wars benediction “May the Force be with you” I will let you in on something infinitely better: Jesus is with you now and forever, and he approves of you.


*I bet you didn’t see that coming. We do celebrate the candy sales the day after Halloween, though!


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20 Responses to Why It’s OK For Christians To Take Part In Halloween

  1. Deanna says:

    Good, balanced and biblical perspective, Tim! I don’t love Halloween, but our neighborhood has its own special nighttime trick or treat, (the rest of the city does it in the afternoon). I love the sense of community that happens, so I love handing out candy and see it as a way to connect with the rest of the neighborhood.

    • Tim says:

      The opportunity to be with neighbors or greet them at your door is a practical aspect of Halloween, Deanna. For some people it’s the only time they are open to meeting the people who live close by.

  2. True freedom being articulated and demonstrated here! (Even if I am an Aussie… 😉 )

  3. Pastor Bob says:

    Roles vs Talents vs Abilities vs Desires
    Only part of the human dilemma.
    USUALLY some of the divisions based on gender work but(!!!) do we demonize (oops an unintentional pun for the season) those who accept these gladly or those who fight them?

    Why not the one earns more as primary wage earner?
    Why not he one who is better at cleaning do so?
    Why not the better one with the children be the primary child person?
    Why not rock the roles?

    There are women who are better at car repair then men, some men are better with children than women. Practicality vs Expectation. Use the abilities that God has given us for Him, the Kingdom and making a difference to grow the kingdom.

    • Tim says:

      “Rock the roles” – that is awesome, PB.

    • R. S. Simmons says:

      I love it when people teach their kids to have many skills. I wanted to have my 4 kids (2 sons; 2 daughters) be equipped equally in all-things domestic & otherwise. We have somewhat succeeded. (Life has gotten in the way of my well-laid plans!)

      We’re proud of my 22-yr. old daughter who changes the oil in her & her sibling’s cars, & happens to be working at a local metal fab manufacturer (filing is not her forte). She is gorgeous, brilliant, & soon to graduate from a rather conservative (!!!) Bible University. Yet, she has the guts & desire to wish to serve Muslims in closed countries in her future as a missionary of Christ. Can’t be a girly girl & do that.

      We’re proud of my sons, who, like their sisters, sew on buttons, mend holes in clothes & blankets, wash laundry, clean house, cook (some are more skilled cooks than others), & work on their cars. All our kids are pretty tech-savvy. All are able to be independent, & are great at being roommates (an important skill your children can learn by their parents living in small, more-affordable houses!!!).

      My husband of almost 30 yrs. has always been much better with thread & needle (& with machine) than I could ever be (thanks to his maternal grandma, he hems his own pants!). And, he learned how to make a mean pot roast when I was bedridden with a pregnancy! We joke in our family re. “guy work” & “girl work”, but it is SO only a joke. We fully respect any task (toilet cleaning, vacuuming, dumping garbage, washing walls, adding on a 2nd bathroom, diaper changing/washing, childcare, homeschooling, et cetera). I brought a ’67 Chevy into our marriage (wish I still had it); an adult could sit under the hood & work on that engine! Sweet memories, that.

  4. Laura Droege says:

    Thank you, Tim! I had a disturbing conversation with a friend. I have two girls; she has two boys. I mentioned that my older daughter, aged 12, had made dinner that night and my younger one had been folding laundry; I’d had to leave them doing that work so I could be at a school meeting. She said, “Oh, it must be nice to have girls. They can fix dinner.” The implication was that her sons (one of whom is older than my daughter) couldn’t fix dinner because that was a female job. I said, “Oh, if I had sons, they’d learn to do laundry and cook, too.” After all, those are life skills that any adult, male or female or intersex, needs to know!

    • Tim says:

      My dad raised us to do everything: mow the lawn, cook a meal, sew on a button, change the oil in the car. Two girls and two boys in the family and no one thought anything odd about it.

      • Laura Droege says:

        That’s encouraging to hear. Do you find that your experience growing up is unusual among people you know? I think that would be unusual in my area, but I’m not certain of that. I must confess, I’ve never done the mowing or the car-oil-changing; my father was picky about his lawn and no one else was allowed to do it, and now it’s just easier to let my husband do that while I do everything inside. The car? The vehicle design makes it too complicated to change the oil, so we just take it someplace and pay someone else to do the dirty work.

        • Tim says:

          Cars nowadays are much more complicated than the 65 Chevy I drove. I think there are a lot of people around here who either grew up as I did or have at least raised their kids this way. Maybe it’s easier to do this on the west coast.

  5. Don Johnson says:

    My take is that this is a question that is left up to each individual as they strive to act in faith. Some will be able to do Halloween type things in faith while others will abstain in faith; both types are to be accepted as believers and neither is to be looked down upon by another.

  6. Tim, you are preaching lawlessness in this blog; and also, indirectly promoting transgender-ism.

    Cross-dressing is abomination to the LORD (ref. Deuteronomy 22:5).

    Halloween, in a nutshell, was founded as a counter-response to All Saints Day (Nov. 1st). It is the most active day of the year for occultists, witchcraft practitioners, and Satanists. It is not a day that a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ should be promoting or participating in.

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