Why I’m a Wuss About Halloween
I’m a wuss when it comes to Halloween. Just sayin.
I don’t like the skeletons, ghosts, ghouls, witches, scary masks, scary costumes, scary movies – any of it. Even Disneyland’s Halloween decor/parties give me the willies. I’m fine with all things Harry Potter, but all the dark stuff that comes with Halloween? I’m just a wuss about it all LOL. 😅
But, before you judge me, let me explain.
One of the verses in the New Testament that I’ve meditated on for years is from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In Philippians 4:8, Paul writes “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (NIV).
I also think a lot on a verse from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).
These two verses have been in my mental and spiritual practice for years, and they always come up when Halloween comes around each year. Don’t get me wrong: I love that my kids get to dress up and trick-or-treat. And the school costume parades (pre-COVID) were the best. But there’s a dark side to Halloween that just wigs me out. A kind of spiritual darkness that always gives me the willies. And while I’m no theological expert when it comes to spiritual darkness, I have studied the concepts due to my own journey with mental illness – including recent resources like John Mark Comer’s latest book Live No Lies.
Moreover, though, I believe that we, as humans, are more than flesh and blood. I believe we have a spiritual part of us – an infinite, eternal part of us that is bigger than biology, something more metaphysical. And it’s in this spiritual reality, in the deepest part of what it means to be human, that the God of the Universe is drawing us to Himself – thanks to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. So, if it’s true that we are spiritual beings – if it’s true that we have an infinite, eternal part of our existence and that God Himself is working in that reality – then I want to make sure that I keep “the powers of this dark world” and the “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” as far away from me as possible. That’s not too crazy, right?
Instead, I want to focus on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable,” anything that is “excellent or praiseworthy.”
All said, I know that I’m a wuss about Halloween, and that this post might be a bit much. But, Halloween just wigs me out LOL. 🤗
I can’t be the only one, right?