While many local kids are celebrating Halloween with costumes, pumpkins, and candy, some children were spotted marching along Backlick Road in Annandale on Oct. 31 with protest signs opposing the holiday.
They are Sunday school students at the Instituto Biblico Gamaliel, which is operated by a Latino Pentecostal church at 500l Backlick Road.
“Halloween is not a Christian celebration,” said Jimmy Menjivar, a teacher at the school. “Christmas is about Jesus. Halloween is about death and spooky stuff like skeletons. The Bible tells us not to take part in those kinds of activities.”
“It’s the birthday of the devil,” said Cynthia, age 8, of Manassas. Halloween is also bad because “people put poison or other bad things in candy.” Instead of trick-or-treating, she will be at home praying and reading the Bible.
“God helps everybody; the devil is mean,” added Linda, 9, of Falls Church. They won’t be celebrating the Day of the Dead, either.