As you know, this blog just turned 1 last week, so here is the new dilemma I discussed with you Friday:
Surely I can I start RE-posting things now that we are at the year mark, right? Especially as the holiday’s come up?
I’ve covered everything we do each year once, so I guess we’ll just keep revisiting those traditions each year, as we have new readers now. A LOT of new readers! YAY! Welcome, I am so glad you come each week to visit us!
Without further adieu, I give you last years Halloween post, newly revised:
Halloween Or Halloweenie?
Halloween is here, 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?
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, friendly 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, the past 2 years there has been no school for Parent Teacher Conferences, genius! If she was in public school and was invited to dress up, would I allow her to do so, and participate in a celebration of Halloween at school? I don’t know. If I had a guess, I’d probably allow her to dress up. The next question that comes to mind is would I allow her to stay for the party? Hmm, again, I don’t know. I’d probably have to make sure the party games, activities and movies were appropriate before I could make that decision. I remember there were kid’s in my class pulled one year by their parents because of a spooky movie being shown in the library. I assume my mom didn’t know about it, or I’d would’ve been outta there too! :) I remember hating it, but being to scared to leave without a note.
What are your thoughts on taking a stand against Halloween? Does it change it for you when you think your child will be the ONLY one not in costume at school today? Would you pull your kids out of school this 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 to 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 our kids, 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 Festival, and they are welcome to go there instead to 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?
Last year, our family dressed up in 50′s clothing. Fun, friendly and fabulous 5o’s! Man I would’ve loved to live back then.
Look at little Pax! How do they change SO much in just 1 short year??
This year we are doing Cowboys & Indians! Dale and I don’t always dress up to match our kids, but if it works out, we LOVE it! :) I’ll post pics tomorrow.
So, baaaa-ck to the topic at hand……Am I a sheep just blindly following the herd?
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……
So, does me not taking a 100% Yes or No stand on Halloween, make me a Halloweenie?