What Are We Gonna Do About Halloween?

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#45: “What Are We Gonna Do About Halloween?”
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Romans 12:2

2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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What Are We Gonna Do About Halloween?

“What Are We Gonna Do About Halloween?” is episode #45 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on October 22, 1988.


A Halloween party at Whit's End strives to teach the children of Odyssey to celebrate Saints and not demons on October 31.


Halloween - a time for witches, ghouls, goblins...and controversy. There is dissension in the air, especially at Odyssey Community Church. There, Tom Riley moderates an elder's meeting at which Mr. Renfield expresses his disapproval of Halloween. Renfield believes that Halloween is not only harmful, it's a slap in the face to Christians everywhere. He wants the pastor and the elder board to recommend that parents not celebrate Halloween in any way.

The following Sunday, the pastor preaches against the observance, which leads the parents of the congregation to ignore Halloween. This makes the kids at Whit's End extremely unhappy. They elect Brad and Leonard to talk to Whit about it. Whit says he won't go against their parents' wishes, but he will let them learn all about Halloween by reading library books. Brad and Leonard start researching and learn the history of "All Hallow's Eve" - a night where it was traditionally thought that demons would run wild, pulling pranks and tricks on people. The boys sadly decide that Halloween really isn't a good thing to celebrate. Brad suggests that maybe instead they should celebrate All Saints' Day and have a Biblical Character Costume Party. Whit agrees and offers Whit's End as the celebration site. This seems to be an acceptable solution for everyone - except Mr. Renfield. He visits Whit and asks him to cancel the party. Mr. Renfield says it's causing a ton of trouble in his household because his children aren't allowed to participate. Whit suggests that Mr. Renfield reconsider - after all, the party is a celebration of the saints, not demons. Mr. Renfield disagrees. The party goes on as scheduled and is a great success. Everyone has a good time. At the end of the evening, families gather together as Whit helps to focus everyone's attention on God - a perfect example of letting light shine through the darkness.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Mr. Renfield so opposed to Halloween?
  2. Is Halloween really bad?
    • Why or why not?
  3. Does your church have a Biblical character costume party on Halloween?


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June Kendall Connie Kendall


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] This episode was edited in 2001 for a CD version that was only available directly from Focus on the Family.




Brad: Do you wanna be a dummy all your life?
Leonard: Only if I have to.