Oct 31, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Are Some Churches Taking Halloween Celebration Too Far?

While participating in Halloween is purely a matter of conscience and Christian liberty, many otherwise conservative churches nationwide have hosted events and held Halloween-themed church services complete with secular music and choreographed dance numbers demonstrating perhaps an overly liberal embrace of the celebration of death, gore, witchcraft, and evil that many believers consider Halloween to be.

Many churches will spend today serving their members and reaching their communities through "trunk or treats" and other harmless festivities. However, some people are alarmed at the more extravagant or gory ways in which several churches are celebrating the holiday, including Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Florida.

The church, led by David Hughes, presented a series of Halloween-themed services called “Spooktacular” throughout the month of October, including sermons entitled “How to Hug a Vampire” and “Escaping a Haunted Mansion.” The sermons were preceded by high-production performances of repurposed secular hits, such as Michael Jackson’s “Scream” —performed with a cemetery theme—and George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone”—performed with dancers dressed as skeletons.

“We all have scary skeletons in the closet. Whether it’s something that has afflicted us for years or something that happened just yesterday, we all are looking to escape the haunting that comes from past mistakes. Join us for ‘Escaping a Haunted Mansion’ as we talk about leaving the past in the past and looking forward to fulfilling our purpose in Christ,” the church said on its website.

Watch the performance in the video below, and tell us what you think in the comments!

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