Here is my thoughts on the irony of the “harvest festival” substitute. In an effort to provide a substitute for Halloween trick-or-treating, many churches provide a harvest-festival-party-thing – but its not on Halloween, and lots of churches do it or something similar, and on different nights so you might find yourself “festival-hopping” (kind of like VBS- hopping), and then you get to do the whole trick or treat thing as well. SO, instead of a one-night dress-up candy-fest… its like a two week costumed candy fest. How ironic.
Yes, my kids dress-up … all year long… and usually Halloween (or some substitute…) we go greet our neighbors with the customary greeting, they ooh and ah over my cute children, they eat candy, go to bed, then we eat candy 🙂 I figure, the Christians should take back Halloween… its the only holiday with Christian origins!!
I recently read a great article by John Macarthur… very informative… with a don’t celebrate if you feel God has asked you not to, and there is no harm if God hasn’t asked you not to. But it was a lot longer and more involved than that!
SO all that to say, nothing, pretty much.