2 Cups of Brown Sugar
1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Cup + 1 Tablespoon of Sunflower, Safflower, or Vegetable Oil
Of course, some people will find this to be extreme or fanatical. However, God gives clear warnings about involvement in the occult in His Word. In Exodus 22:18, the Mosaic law stated that a witch should not be permitted to live. Then, in Deuteronomy 18:9-12, God commanded:
To this end, Satan has created a maze of alternate religions to keep as many people deceived and confused as possible. Since time began, Satan has been in the business of deceiving men and women, by appealing to our fleshly lusts, our pride, and our desire to be like God. These deceptive traps are the basis of many of the world’s false religions. Satan is also the author of the lie that, “All roads lead to God”. All roads do Not lead to God. In John 14:6, Jesus clearly proclaimed, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Allowing our kids to participate in the "fun, harmless" activities of Halloween communicates to them a number of false ideas:
- The devil is a harmless, fictitious character.
- Dabbling in the occult is an exciting pursuit free from any real danger.
- Observing or joining in the deeds of darkness is acceptable for a Christian.
- Life is more about not missing out on the fun, than engaging in spiritual battle.
This time of year, when we are surrounded by images of witches, demons, and other bone-chilling creatures, it is an excellent time to remind ourselves and our children that we are living in the midst of an ever-raging battle between good and evil, between light and darkness, a battle in which we cannot remain neutral. If we haven't chosen to align ourselves with the forces of light, we are already (unknowingly) in the battle and on the side of darkness.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." -- Ephesians 6:12
If you'd like to further explore this issue, you might want to read my article on A Biblical View of Halloween, which was published in October 2008.