I'm going to do something that I don't typically like to do on my blog. I'm going to bring up a controversial subject. It's something that's been on my mind and I'm really curious to hear some different opinions & thoughts.
What is the Christian to do about Halloween?
My husband and I both grew up in Christian families. But our families approached Halloween differently.
For me, we just avoided the scary stuff, but as kids we did dress up and go trick or treating. And, since we lived way out in the country, our trick or treating was limited. Our mom had to drive us to the homes of a few friends, family, & neighbors (maybe 6 or 7 houses tops). Walking was not an option. Our church also had 'Fall Harvest Parties' which we participated in complete with hay rides & hot cider. And, occassionally we even dressed up in costumes for those.
For my husband, I'm sure he attended church sponsored harvest parties too. But, his family did not participate in the costume/ trick or treating part. Halloween and anything related to it was avoided completely.
Now that we have children of our own, I have felt very torn on this subject. I think that wearing costumes & trick or treating is just plain fun. We've allowed our boys to participate in this way, but very reluctantly on my husband's part. And, now I'm not sure either how I feel about the whole thing.
Can we just enjoy the innocence of trick or treat and avoid the evil that goes along with Halloween?
I really don't know.
Our MOPS ( Mothers of Preschoolers) group is planning on addressing this topic at our next meeting. And, I'm really interested to hear what other moms have to say.
(Oh, and the ironic part? My husband and I actually met at a costume party one year over Halloween.)
How does your family handle this holiday?