Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

I know we're in the minority here, but before you start penning your objections in the comment section, remember that we all do this life thing a little different from one another, and that's o.k. None of us knows exactly what's right or wrong and we each have chosen what we believe keeps us closest to God and sometimes that looks different in different families.



When I was a little girl, Halloween was a BIG event! We had the coolest costume parties at our house and all my school friends would come over and we'd bob for apples and eat chili dogs made with my mom's homemade chili. It was the greatest! Fast forward to my husband and I and our first child, and Halloween was still going strong. I LOVED decorating for Halloween and our house was the radest on the block, not scary, but picture votive lined sidewalks, lights and lots of jack-o-lanterns, and of course, 'Monster Mash" tunes playing on the front porch. When our oldest was six, a good friend of ours told us that they didn't celebrate Halloween and gave me a book explaining her rationale. I honestly thought she was a little nutty {translate totally cray cray}, Halloween was amazing and I just didn't agree with her at all! But, and this is a really big but, a seed was planted. It would take MANY years to sprout, mind you, but it eventually sprouted. 



Over the next six years that seed lay dormant, but during the seventh year, God knew right where my heart was and He placed the thought before me once again. So, nine years ago, I pulled out that old book {blew off all the dust} and began reading. My vision was different than it once had been- God's timing is always so spot on y'all! This time when I read this little book, some of it made perfect sense, I knew in my heart that our Halloween celebrating days were over. My husband and I talked and he completely agreed that Halloween just really didn't seem to honor God and it would be best if we changed how we looked at Halloween. We just didn't feel that it was what God wanted for our family. I know that there are many arguments that the facts in this book and others like it, are just totally skewed and taken out of context. And, believe me I know that there is soooo  much information out there both for and against Halloween, but we came to the conclusion looking at the facts and arguments that nothing about Halloween glorified God and maybe we just shouldn't put so much of our attention into this one particular night of the year.


Now before you go getting all weepy for our poor, deprived kids that miss out on all that candy and fun on October 31st, let me tell you how we DO celebrate.......... EVERY November 1st, we get up early, throw on our clothes and hit the 50% off sale at Walmart. Yep, all that over priced candy goes on sale the day after Halloween and everything related, goes on sale too! Snacks, costumes, all of it goes on sale. This way the kids get to pick out their favorite bag of candy and they don't feel like they missed out at all. We look forward EVERY year to the day after Halloween sale! I LOVE this day too- I get to stock up my "emergency chocolate drawer", you have one of those, right? 



In case you may be interested in reading this little book, I'm doing a FLASH GIVEAWAY for y'all, my precious readers. You can find this book on Amazon, but I want to give away one copy on the blog. If you're interested, just leave a comment saying so, and I'll give away one book to a random comment-er on Halloween night, October 31st {I'll announce the winner on Saturday morning, November 1st}

However y'all choose to celebrate, have fun and be safe! Remember, just leave a comment saying that you'd like to have a copy of this little book and you'll be entered. Until next time........


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6 comments:

  1. I love your post and would love to read this book. We don't trick or treat or dress up anymore either. We did it for a lot of reasons, but also feel that what Halloween once was is not anymore. The world has changed and Halloween along with it. Thank you for sharing. I know it can be hard when it is not the norm. We don't do Santa and that always gets a few questions and looks. Go you for being strong in your faith and being a great encouragement:)

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    1. I really appreciate your visit today Danielle! It was getting a little lonely here, we are definitely in the minority, but that's o.k., I just felt that I had to "let my little light shine". Really grateful for your comment!

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  2. Oct 31 is a HUGE day for us, but more so because it's my husband's birthday and ALL three kids' adoption days. So it's just a general day of celebrating us! We skip the dressing up now and hit the stores the next day for half price candy too! :) Of course now we live in the middle of nowhere, so unless the goats are hiding treats, we have no options around here anyway. :)

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    1. Well, CONGRATULATIONS on all of those celebrations! What a wonderful October 31st your family has!! So glad you could visit today and thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

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  3. I just found your blog and I am enjoying reading it so much! Thanks for sharing your adventures. We have also once again decided to stop celebrating the pagan, Halloween. We have on and off taken the kids out but now we are sticking with our convictions. The real meaning of hallowing, is to make holy and the Catholic Church has taken the pagan holiday and turned it around on the enemy and the real meaning of the word Halloween, is: the eve of the Hallowed ones, or holy ones, November 1st in the liturgical calander is All Souls Day which is a celebration of All of the Saints who have made it to Heaven. It is supposed to be a feast of holiness but secular society does not know the meaning of "hallowed be thy name". may Jesus holiness be our celebration this October 31st.

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    1. I am so happy you are here Nori! Halloween is a big decision and it can be really hard to explain to your children why it's best if we don't celebrate. Thanks so much for visiting today!

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