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.
*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!