Halloween

This is the time of year I’m regularly asked my thoughts on celebrating Halloween as Christians, and I’m happy to share my response.

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Halloween has its roots as a Christian celebration. It originated as All Hallow’s Eve, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallow’s Day, which was a day to remember the dead including saints, martyrs, and faithful departed believers. At some point during the last century, satan and his bunch twisted the ‘remember the dead’ part and it became a true celebration for satanic worshippers in many parts of the western world.

So, even though technically this is Satan’s holiday, our kids never knew that the first ten or so years of their lives. For us, Halloween has always been and will always be about candy! Dressing up was merely the means to get candy. What kind of candy will we be giving out? (Always, the king size bars.) How many Reese’s peanut butter cups can we collect? Where to hide their bags of candy so they can sneak mouthfuls all the way until Christmas? How do I throw just enough away every day so they won’t nice? Candy.

There are many churches and denominations that eschew Halloween celebrations altogether. Some offer an alternative such as ‘trunk or treat’. I respect both of those opinions. We, however, chose to let the kids participate fully in the neighborhood trick or treating, within a few parameters:

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1. Costumes. We strictly forbid the wearing of anything evil, sinister, bloody, or wicked. No witches, draculas, warlocks, and certainly not devils. The kids were always dressed in happy, fun, storybook, Disney (the good guys), military or athletes. Truthfully, they never even desired to be anything dark. I will say, though, that our current pop culture shows with cult followings such as Breaking Bad and the entire Harry Potter series would also get a ‘no’ vote from me. As for me and mine, we kept it happy. And with five daughters, we also monitored the sexiness of costumes. To say Mike is strict about his daughters’ modesty is equivalent to saying it can get a little chilly in Minneapolis during the winter. No sexy.

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2. Decorations. We limited the home decorations to pumpkins, leaves, autumn themes. There are many whimsical witch decorations available, which I consider cute, but as a rule we stayed away from those. No makeshift graveyards, no blinking-eyed skulls, not even the spider webs were used. I avoided anything creepy or unhappy. That’s what worked for us. For most of  the kids’ elementary and middle school trick-or-treating years, we  had a toddler or two and my kids were kind of freaked out by creepy things. So, happy worked for us.

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3. Communication. As they grew in age and understanding, and maybe even requested a popular costume I was opposed to, I taught them a bit about the meaning of Halloween. I never needed to go into great depth about the darker side of this day, I just camped on it being about candy. And for the Singletary’s, it was, and still is, all about the candy.

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Today, my high school senior and sophomore are each coming home with four friends for a nice dinner before I load up their bags with king size bars and they hop on the golf cart for a night of fun. A night in search of the best candy.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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  1. Donna Crawford says:

    They sure were cute little ones. I have such happy memories of times with them.
    Donna

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