Welcome to Halloween where you are either welcoming demons in your home for participating or are the greatest sinner in the world. That’s according to the usual posts during this time of year. It’s one of many debates we have, and since I participate, I know I am not doing animal sacrifices, calling demons in the house, or painting my face because I’m a pagan. I don’t have Jack-O-Lanterns and that’s because I’m too lazy to cut a pumpkin.
Growing up Mormon, we always participated in Halloween. Utah friends reported that Mormons engage in Halloween. Plus, it’s a great time when the neighbors all converge on the streets and interact with each other face-to-face.
Mormons are not likely to come to your Christian harvest party at your church (not to say they wouldn’t, but it’s not a common occurrence).
So this year turn on those porch lights and entertain your neighbors for the chance of having some great and meaningful conversations. You don’t have to dress up. You don’t have to have Jack-O-Lanterns. Handing out candy and holding good conversations are wonderful ways to meet the people in your community all in the name of Jesus.