Only In My Mind

So I thought we had already addressed the issue of Halloween here but as I searched today for the post I thought I wrote, it wasn’t there.  Which pretty much just means it was written only in my mind.  That leads me here to a can of worms I just don’t know if I want to open, but here goes.  Maybe question and answer form would be better for this post.

Q- Do our kids celebrate Halloween?  A- Yes and no.  Yes, our kids are allowed to dress up on or around Oct. 31 and trick-or-treat at family members houses, friends houses, and a few neighbors houses.  No, we do not allow any costumes that are scary in any way shape or form.  Some of our past costumes have been farmers, chickens, flowers, football players, frogs and cowboys.  We do not visit houses that have scary decorations.  Our older kids are quickly outgrowing Halloween altogether and will probably, in the next couple of year,s choose to not dress up at all.  This is perfectly fine with me as I really believe that Halloween should be for young children that’s it.

Q- Do we go out and buy elaborate costumes and/or decorations? A- No.  With the exception of two costumes when B1 and B2 were very young we’ve not purchased any Halloween costumes.  Our kids choose from what they have in their dress-up box, make something on their own or choose from costumes that have been given to them.  It’s not a holiday that I feel I should spend money on mainly because it’s not a holiday at all.  Except for Reece’s peanut butter pumpkins they’re really the only good thing to come out of Halloween, right?

Q- Will we be trick-or-treating on Sunday? A- No.  Our city will do it’s trick-or-treating on Saturday.  Same rules apply here as a ballgame, practice, or any other event scheduled on a Sunday or Wednesday night, we’ll be at church.

Q- Have we really studied up on the history of Halloween?  A- In the respect that everyone has a different opinion, sure.  We don’t teach the kids anything about Halloween, there’s really nothing to teach like I said earlier it’s not a holiday. Our kids are very naive when it comes to the idea of things supernatural or evil.  They probably wouldn’t even believe that their are people in this world that practice or believe such nonsense.  When they are old enough to address these issues they will have surely have outgrown Halloween and will never put the two together.

Here’s the bottom line with us.  Our kids will make a big deal out of what we as parents make a big deal out of.  That may be cars, electronics, movies, games, sports, or so-called holidays like Halloween.  We don’t make a big deal out of it.  People can celebrate anything in the wrong spirit.  Sure people can make Halloween scary and evil much like they can make Christmas all about Santa and presents or Easter all about bunnies and candy.  If you don’t celebrate Halloween, that’s great, I applaud you for doing what you feel is right for your family.  That’s the thing about these personal convictions we all have to follow our heart on issues such as these without being misguided by friends and family.

So there you have it, our take on Halloween.  And now I’m craving Reece’s peanut butter pumpkins.

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