A recent poll on Beliefnet.com asked Christians, "What do you think of Halloween?" Of the 14,000+ responses…here's what the responses were. Very interesting.

46% said, "It's a fun holiday for kids and adult parties; I don't take it seriously."

25% said, "We shouldn't celebrate it, because it has occult origins and morbid overtones."

12% said, "It's a wonderful time to remember the dead and celebrate the end of the year."

8% said, "I celebrate it as a Christian holiday, the eve of the Feast of All Saints.

9% said, "It doesn't mean anything to me one way or the other."

What do you think? And, which of these numbers surprises you most? For me, it was the 25%.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. at one time I worked for toy company. Our number one salesperson outsold everything except Halloween/Thanksgiving. When I went from headquarters in Los Angeles to Alabama we were stunned to find out it was against the law for her to sell Thanksgiving. No trick or treating…so costumes..no jack-o-lanterns.
    Last year I read a great article on a blog…which one I don’t remember….on Christians and Halloween. My recollection is that the author is a bible college professor. I will send it to you by email.

  2. It really doesn’t mean anything to me. But our youth minister does not want to have anything to do with it. If the church decides to have some kind of Halloween activity for the kids, he does not participate. So the 25% does not surprise me.