James Jordan has a great article on Halloween that I’ve linked to for a few years now. While I disagree with his premise that somehow 31 October has nothing to do with pre-Christian European pagan practices, the way in which he presents Halloween as an opportunity to mock Satan is fascinating.
What is the means by which the demonic realm is vanquished? In a word: mockery. Satan’s great sin (and our great sin) is pride. Thus, to drive Satan from us we ridicule him. This is why the custom arose of portraying Satan in a ridiculous red suit with horns and a tail. Nobody thinks the devil really looks like this; the Bible teaches that he is the fallen Arch-Cherub. Rather, the idea is to ridicule him because he has lost the battle with Jesus and he no longer has power over us.
I think this should be a part of how churches celebrate the day (if they choose to at all), instead of lame harvest parties. We should boldly stand up and mock the dark forces of the world, who vainly attempt to undo what Jesus Christ did so long ago. Frankly, most of us do not live in agricultural settings, so the idea that the harvest means anything to us is odd. But, we all live in a world that experiences constant conflict between the triumphant Light of the World, and the defeated, crushed forces of the serpent.
This would have the added benefit not only of making a great celebration, but also it would instruct the churches in real spiritual warfare. While I acknowledge the existence of demonic forces, and while I know it can certainly cause real harm in a believer’s life, the way evangelicalism is terrified of the enemy is quite absurd. Satan is done, finished, and we need no longer fear him. His head has been crushed and his arms chained; Jesus’ resurrection put an end to his reign of darkness. This can and should be celebrated.