Monday, October 19, 2015

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween

It's that time of year again, Halloween, and I wanted to re-share a post I wrote last year that is still so near and dear to our family's heart.........

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'd like to know more about the often confusing debate over celebrating Halloween, this little book, written for children, has been a valuable resource for our family. It's available on Amazon for purchase. The cover has been updated this year, but it's the same great book. 


4 comments:

  1. Thank you for being brave enough to post this! When you posted it last year, I bought the book, and my husband and I came to the same conclusion. This year, we are foster parents, and I'm pretty nervous that our social worker will think we are crazy...but oh well. I can't on my own tell you what is BAD about Halloween, but I also can't tell you what is GOOD. And as a Christian, shouldn't there be SOME redeeming quality about an activity we participate in? I know people say, "come on, it's not all that big of a deal"...but I just can't see how it's not. My family also doesn't do Santa and we hear a lot about that! My mom always told us she would NEVER lie to us...and Santa is a lie, and she didn't tell it. My foster son has already said that Santa is God, so that is confirmation for me that we will be focusing only on the true Christmas story. Anyway, thank you for your courage!

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    1. Meeting like-minded souls is such a sweet treat! Yes to everything you said and congratulations on your fostering- what an enormous blessing! Our Christmas also changed over the years, pretty much hand-in-hand with Halloween. But last year, we finally took it up a notch and began celebrating Advent, and as crazy as it may sound, our whole year has been a blessing that I know in my heart all began with celebrating Advent. I've already been looking forward to December first for months! Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. We don't celebrate Halloween with our five kids as well, for the same reasons. Practically speaking, how do you handle the actual day? We have hordes of trick or treaters in our neighborhood. Short of hiding in the basement, how can you not participate ( ie hand out candy?). It's not always practical to go out (ie weathers bad, or on a Saturday like this year when Halloween becomes a whole day affair). If you go anywhere besides out in nature, you can't avoid it. Such dilemas.... Any ideas?
    Lora

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    1. Hi Lora and excellent question! Our home is nestled at the back of thirten acres with a really long drive, it looks dark down our drive since you can't see the house from the road. We are coming up on eight blessed years here and have never had a single kiddo brave enough to come down the drive- perfect for us non celebrators! But there were plenty of years when we were in city houses that it was a very different story. We found that keeping our house extremely un-inviting worked wonders, ie, no jack-o-lanterns no porch light on, rarely did anyone stop by. The few that I remember stopping by, and it was a very few, we simply told them when we answered the door, that we didn't celebrate Halloween, no muss, no fuss. We never had any disrespect or rude comments from anyone. I think finding your own special tradition on that night is a good way to distract your children, maybe pizza and family game night every year or a trip to the movie theater. Make your own special alternative just for your family. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!

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