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I’m not a lover of Halloween

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If I’m being real honest with you all I’m not a lover of Halloween…
I actually was raised in a very anti Halloween household.

I can remember skipping school on Halloween and doing something fun as a family. One year we saw Curly Sue in the movie theater… I actually (sort of?) remember taking part in our churches fall festival. We used to bob for apples and would end up walking away with bag full of candy. I don’t remember much about fall festivals. Trunk or Treats seem all the rage these days… we have yet to be to one of those.

My mother always made it fun.

I cannot even remember at what point my parents allowed us to dress up and go trick or treating? I don’t remember much at all. Come to think about it, it was probably a result of my siblings and I begging them to let us go. I can remember dressing up with costumes we scrounged up from around the house. One year I was a football player – conveniently my brother was a football player. I don’t remember trick or treating as a kid.

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*This picture above was taken in the 1980’s and boy I must have been about 2 years old in this picture… if you were wondering where my kids got their cheeks look no further. (ha!)

You know, I don’t know at what point Brian and I decided we would dress our children up for Halloween. I’m conflicted in my heart about Halloween. I read a post by Dale Partridge on his Instagram account and keep going back to it with regards to the question of whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween…

“…let me share Anton Levey’s position (who is the founder of the church of Satan and the author of The Satanic Bible). In an interview years ago he said, “I’m glad that Christian parents let their children worship the Devil at least one night out of the year.” The reality is, Halloween is viewed as a Satanic holiday by Satanists. It was created by pagans for the purpose of honoring darkness. For our family, these facts checked our hearts regarding October 31st. Ultimately, Halloween is a celebration of death. It’s a season to make children more comfortable with evil. It’s a night to elevate nooses and demons and gore and horror and fear…”

You can read more on Dale Partridge’s IG account by following this link. The decision he and his wife has made is to not celebrate Halloween in any fashion and I can definitely respect that.

I don’t know why I keep coming back to this post… probably because I know it’s a truth. I understand what Dale Partridge is saying and I respect his stance on Halloween. In my heart I believe that Halloween has become more about dressing up and having fun and less about how Halloween began. Am I being naive?! Maybe. We do not worship the Devil. We are Christians.

Brian and I have always dressed our children up and took them trick or treating. We never looked at Halloween as a “Satanic Holiday.” I very honestly just love to dress the kids up and take pictures of them. An excuse of sorts to play pretend for an evening. I have many photos from over the years.

With the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December it was only natural that the kids dressed up as Star Wars characters. How cute were they? My husband dressed up as Chewbacca… I’m not exactly sure who was more excited my husband or my children!

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What are your thoughts? Please share with me. I’m not asking to be judged or criticized. I’m just asking how you do Halloween… I’m very genuinely interested.

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4 Comments

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    Lois Caryl
    November 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    We grew up in the same manner. We went to the church for halloween, mom wanted to shelter us from the evil. I was upset over this. When I became a teenager I started to Trick-or-treating with my friends. As an adult I reflect back. And Boy do I wish we had dressed up as a family and gone trick -or- treating. I would love to have the memories of time spent as a family. How amazing it is to have parents that show their kid the value of family time. I am sure this wasn’t a last minute decision….THE FAMILY spent time planning and imagining and putting together the perfect team of characters. You have inadvertently taught them more life skills then you can realize by talking, planning, shopping, dressing up posing for pictures, working together to safely trick or treat and I have no doubt every little one said thank you! Well Done. Here is a link on the history of halloween that may will allow you to release the church guilt. Love God, respect others and follow your heart. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

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      graceinspiredhome
      November 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Yessss same here! I kind of resented my parents for not letting us be involved in Halloween trick-or-treating… I understand where they were coming from but, still… Thank you for sharing with me how you grew up and your thoughts! <3 Thanks Lois!

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    Courtney LeBel
    November 4, 2017 at 7:38 am

    For our household, Halloween is a time to play pretend, have fun as a family with pumpkins and get candy. Chloe loves to be scared any day of the week- she begs us to hide behind doors and jump out at her! Halloween held no fears for her. She adores spiders, witches and ghosts and does not fear or see anything evil about them. Halloween is different now than when it began. Just as language evolves, holidays do as well. Enjoy family time abc playing make believe for a night each year. Chloe knows her God and enjoys her time at church and church related events, yet she can still have an imagination and enjoy candy on a recognized holiday.

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      graceinspiredhome
      November 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Courtney! Yes, here too! A fun time, playing pretend. I just really had a check this year in my heart… it’s time to definitely get the kids involved in church and understanding our faith and why we believe as we do. Thanks for sharing with me. :):) Chloe’s a sweetheart!

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