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Does The United Methodist Church have a position about Halloween?

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Question: Does The United Methodist Church have a position about Halloween?

Answer: The United Methodist Church does not have an official statement or position regarding Halloween.

Church members are free to make their own decisions about their participation in Halloween activities. Local churches can decide if they wish to offer traditional or alternative activities for children at Halloween. This article, “Alternative Halloween celebrations,” offers suggestions for celebrating in ways that are not only safe, but also focus more on giving than receiving. Collecting money for UNICEF is one suggestion for using the occasion to “treat” or give to others.

For an eco-friendly celebration, consider giving Fair Trade chocolate or Reverse Trick-or-Treating to help provide small cocoa farmers a fair living wage and an opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty.

The Ask Julian Web site of the Upper Room offers information on the history of All Hallow’s Eve and its connection to All Saints’ Day.

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October 29, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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