Halloween or Halloweenie?

  Halloween is rapidly approaching, and with it comes the moral battle I hear mom’s going through each and every year: 

Do we, or do we not allow our kids to celebrate Halloween?  Does it dishonor God if we chose to participate?

Even if we call it, “Fall Festival”, are we participating in an evil holiday that was primarily made to honor the lord of death?

 Here are some Halloween articles with varying views:  What is yours?

http://www.focusonlinecommunities.com/blogs/Finding_Home/2009/10/28/halloween-trick-or-treat-or-abstain

http://www.exposingsatanism.org/halloween.htm

http://www.gci.org/church/holidays/halloween

  When I was a kid, we were not allowed to go trick or treating, or even give away candy to trick or treater’s!  We posted a sign on our door that said “‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ We do not celebrate Halloween!”  You’d be surprised how many candy-hungry kids, still rang the doorbell!  It wasn’t a big deal to me, we go to hang out in the basement, watch a movie and have snacks! Cool!  (Of course, church carnivals were not so readily available back then either!)

Dale and I choose to allow our kids to dress up in nice costumes, and go to our churches Fall Festival.  It’s a carnival, which means fun booths and inflatable’s!  They also get some candy, but you know me and sugar, they can each have a piece or three that night, but we leave most of it at the church for the other kids to enjoy…… 

Ok, ok fine! I admit it!  I keep all the good chocolate candy to indulge in later.  What can I say? It’s great to be the mom!  🙂

  Destiny goes to a Christian school, and they don’t even have a day where they can come to school in costume. In fact, we aren’t even in school on Friday this year, so it’s not something we deal with!  (maybe they do this on purpose every year and I just haven’t noticed)  If she was in public school, would I allow her to dress up and participate in a celebration of Halloween?  I don’t know.  If I had a guess, I’d probably allow her to dress up, but would I allow her to stay for the party?  I’d have to make sure the party games, activities and movies were appropriate before I could make that decision.  Is it worth all that?  I doubt it, it’d just be easier to pull her out at that point.

  For you public schoolers thinking about taking a stand against Halloween, does it change it for you when you think your child will be the ONLY one not in costume?  Would you pull your kids out of school for the afternoon if you find out they are watching a creepy movie, or something you deem inappropriate?  Or is it just easier to go with the flow and talk to your kids about what is appropriate or not later on, at home?

  Unless Dale and I feel God is asking us to take a stand in a different way, we will choose to allow our children to dress up and go to the church carnival on the evening of Halloween.  No haunted houses, no spooky costumes, no creepy Halloween movies or tv shows will be watched.  We just explained to them, in simple terms, that we feel Halloween is satan’s holiday and we will not participate by going trick or treating or doing any of those kind of Halloween activities.   Then we remind them, that night also happens to be Fall Fest, and they are welcome to go there instead, and celebrate fall, and honor God by being in His house.  

To them it’s as simple as that: Fall Fest = candy and fun at church! 

    When they get to be teens, I am sure we’ll re-visit this issue, but for now, we are all good!  Besides, if you ask me, once they outgrow participating in the carnival, they can WORK at the carnival! I just don’t want them out and about on the streets that night.  Too many creepy people, doing creepy things after the kiddies have all crashed from a sugar coma and been tucked into bed.  

  What is your stand on Halloween?  What are your children allowed or not allowed to participate in? 

     Next Sunday night, our family will be dressing up in 50’s clothing.  Fun, friendly and fabulous 5o’s!  Man I would’ve loved to live back then.

So, am I a sheep just blindly following the herd?  Baaaaa! 

Or I am doing the right thing by finding a middle ground, and allowing my kids to participate, but only if they go to church that night?

 The great Halloween debate continues……

Does me not taking a 100% yes or no stand on Halloween, make me a Halloweenie? 

~T 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Halloween or Halloweenie?

  1. Great article Tonya!!! Love the Halloweenie bit…lol!!! I agree with you 100%…it is so hard having our kids in public schools sometimes. The world is crying out to my children to come join them, and yet I pray the Lord will help me to keep them at bay from Satan’s playground…NO TRICK OR TREATING!!! THATS MY VOTE 🙂

  2. No, we do not celebrate Halloween. Every year it is a struggle for me though. I like having an excuse to something fun and different. I’m surprised how much the holiday has seeped into our lives just by living. You can’t go grocery shopping without seeing costumes, candy etc. I have nephews that go trick or treating. Library story time was all about Halloween and the craft was making a ghost (I should have known better). But then there are the year around things that make Halloween acceptable in children’s minds. Abby’s Flying Fairy School on Sesame Street, Witches and magic crystals on Dora, for instance. My 4 year old particularly likes witches (much to my dismay) and probably because I tell her I don’t like them. I was quite pleased when she told someone on her own that we do not celebrate Halloween. What we do…during the month of October we go to a local market, take a hayride and buy a pumpkin that we do not carve. On Halloween we may take a drive and visit a friend or two (uncostumed) and the children will score a piece of candy. One idea I had that I thought would be fun to do sometime would be to TAKE homemade treats to some of our elderly friends that night.

    That was not concise, but those are my thoughts for now!

    • I love your idea of TAKING treats rather than asking (demanding?)them with “Trick or Treat” which is just rude!!!! I was trying to brainstorm some phrase the kids could say instead as they took treats around: Like “Cookies & Kindness” or “Bread & Blessings”, but didn’t come up with any I loved. I am still thinking on it, and its something I am considering adding next year, when I don’t have a 2 month old. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

      • My son just knows halloween as a time he gets to dress up as a “superpower” and get some treats. I’m all for trick-or-treating it’s a fun family activity! No scary stuff but I think that since the kid’s have no clue about the history or core of halloween, it doesn’t really represent that anymore. Granted, for some people it does….maybe part of it is I honestly don’t know the real story behind halloween, but it’s always fun to see my little ones dressed up so cute!

  3. Dear Anonymous, I think that’s just it. As mom’s we don’t even know enough about the history of Halloween to make an informed decision! No one’s talking about it, from the pulpit or otherwise. I hope you clicked on some of those links to learn more about how it all began.
    I also love to see my liitle ones dressed up cute and having fun. As you read, Dale & I are dressing up too! 🙂
    Have a fun safe holiday celebrating in a way you deem best for you and your kiddo. Thanks for taking the time to write…
    ~T

  4. Have been enjoying reading your blog Tonya!!! Having my Blog for the last two years now has been a fun way to express myself and even though I do all my Stamping work and Design Team stuff on it I also have used it to sort of journal about the kids and keep family up although now I use Face Book more for that!

    Our Public School Does not have Halloween Parties. The kids are allowed to show up in Costume and at 8:15am there is the Costume Paraide and the kids paraiad their costumes around the school in order of grade in front of about 600 parents and then they go back to their room get a Donut and Milk from the PTO and they take their costumes off and that is is for Halloween.

    We have been so pleased with Union Valley so far neither girl has had a Teacher of anything even Music Art, Library that is not a Christian and even though I know the School Could get in trouble for it they still bring many aspects of Christian Celebrations in especially for special projects, and at Holidays Christmas, Easter especially.

    As for our family we do Friendly Costumes only and we Trick or Treat our Neighborhood and go to Fall Festival all as a family.

    Several years ago when I did some research on Halloween and Heard the James Dobson Radio show he did about Christianity and Halloween and the History of it he explained several points and said that “Halloween” is in actuality the Holiday that Christians started to counteract and take attention off of the Evil Satanic Holiday around the same the month. After I heard that radio show it really brought “Halloween into perspective for me even more than what I had thought of it before that point.”

    It is a hard decision as Parents in this day and age, to figure out all the was to lead our kids with hearts for Jesus and lives led to glorify God!!!!

    Great Blog Post!!!

    Heather

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