For many children, Halloween is a day for dressing up in costumes to get candy and avoid tricks, but the holiday can be complex and controversial for Christian families. Each year, believers debate the holiday’s origins, cultural proclivity for gore and horror, and alternatives.
Is Halloween a Witches' Brew?
Or have Christians been spooked out of celebrating a part of their rich tradition?
Festival of Fears
What's scarier than Halloween? The anxieties that drive it.
Good News for Witches
Every Halloween, thousands of Wiccans descend on Salem, Massachusetts—and local churches reach out.
- Something Fake and Wicked This Way ComesWhen our Halloween celebrations domesticate evil, we often miss a chance to see true darkness through the light of Christ.español
- Quick To ListenEpisode 236|47minConfronting the Darkness in a Year Full of DeathMaking sense of a year where millions have lost loved ones to a virus.
- Don’t Worry, There Are More Demons Than You ThinkWhat Halloween gets right about spirits and why Christians have nothing to be afraid of.简体中文繁體中文
- Trick or Treat or Tracts: 1 in 3 Evangelical Pastors Want Gospel Given on HalloweenMeanwhile, 1 in 4 evangelicals said they skipped Halloween entirely last year.
- Are Our Cravings a Trick or Treat?God redeems our physical desires too.
- Day of the Dead Gets New LifeWhat does it mean for this Hispanic celebration to go mainstream?
- My First American HalloweenFinding cultural nuance in the Christian trick-or-treating debate.简体中文繁體中文
- Sharing the Gospel with Witches—Real OnesIn the Halloween-crazed Salem, Massachusetts, Christians befriend spiritual seekers of all kinds.
- How Monsters Point Us to GodOur uncanny fears tell us about ourselves, and are signs of something more.