As I child, I struggled to really understand why we didn’t celebrate Halloween, and I would be lying if I said that I never felt left out. My friends went trick or treating and went to haunted houses. Secretly, I wanted to do these things and I grew bitter towards my parents for not letting me participate in these activities. It was what all the cool kids were doing! *Sigh*
When our oldest girls were small, my husband and I had planned to celebrate Halloween in a fun way. Dressing up our baby girls was just fun and innocent, right?
So, we went downtown where all of the businesses hand out candy. Not a big deal!
Well, I remember getting in the car and feeling uneasy about what we had just done. I looked at my husband and said, “I don’t want to do this again.” He agreed with me, and we talked about everything that we had seen that night that bothered us.
First off, I felt convicted to be involved in something that could applaud evil.
I felt like we were teaching our children to take demons and ghosts lightly but I believe that as Christians we should take this very seriously. We know that Hell, the devil, and demons are all very real.
At this event, I found it disturbing that we were inviting this evil in as if it was light-hearted and “fun.”
Also, I was disappointed with the example other children set for my small children.
So many older kids were focused on only themselves. Sure, kids are selfish (so are us adults) and getting candy is enjoyable. But when it is causing children to be rude and out of control, that’s not glorifying God.
We had several kids nearly knock my toddler down because she wasn’t getting candy fast enough.
So, since we don’t take our kids trick or treating, what do we do?
We realized that ignoring Halloween all together isn’t a great way to share God’s love with others. So, I began to feel convicted about bouncing from one extreme to the other. I felt like I needed to find the median and how we could honor God.
Instead of teaching them to ignore our visitors we have started to encourage them to share the love of Jesus with these families.
Last year, we started a new tradition of greeting trick-or-treaters with a piece of candy covered with fun washi tape, and we wrote Jesus loves you on each piece.
We explained that some kids go door to door and ask for candy on Halloween but that we were going to do other fun things instead.
I always make sure to let my kids have some candy, dress up if they want to (with the dress-up clothes they already have) and we usually have a fun family night. Playing games together, making a pizza and a special treat distracts them from the fact that they aren’t doing what everyone else is doing.
In fact, I want my children to be okay with not doing what everyone else is doing. It’s important that my husband and I train our children to know that God has called us to be different.
Now, you may not agree with this, and that’s okay. I’m sharing our family’s convictions when it comes to Halloween. Let me know in the comments what your plans are this year.
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