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Photo showcases pumpkins and gourds. Photo by Roland zh / WikiMedia Commons.

Photo by Roland zh/WikiMedia Commons

Photo showcases pumpkins and gourds.

Does The United Methodist Church have a position about Halloween?

The United Methodist Church does not have an official statement or position regarding Halloween. Church members are free to make their own decisions about participating in Halloween activities.

Many local churches offer safe alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Others turn the focus to more on giving than receiving. Collecting for UNICEF or giving Fair Trade chocolate are ideas for using the occasion to "treat" or give to others.

Have questions? Ask the UMC. And check out other recent Q&As.


Learn more:

Redeeming Halloween by Rediscovering Allhallowtide

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Eradicate Poverty and Promote Global Health (video)

Equal Exchange: Fair Trade Your Halloween

Power of Pumpkins (video)

Fair Trade Halloween (video)