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It’s that time of year again

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Every time Halloween season rolls around, there’s a perennial Christian debate about letting your kids celebrate Halloween. 

i) The history of a custom has no particular bearing on its contemporary significance. The past significance of a custom doesn’t determine its contemporary significance. 

ii) A boy could wear could wear the costume of an exorcist. That way he’s symbolically combatting the dark side.

iii) Wise parents pick their fights. This is not a hill to die on. Parents should avoid making their kids unnecessarily resentful. Save that for real moral issues. A classic mistake many well-meaning, but over-scrupulous Christian parents make is to alienate their kids from the faith by drawing the line over penny-ante issues. There will be real issues like Smartphone usage, social media usage, &c. Drawn the battle lines on serious issues like that.