Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Do you Celebrate Halloween with Your Children?

I can honestly say that the Lord has dealt with me strongly on this topic over the past few years.  We didn't see it as a problem to dress up and get candy.  If we kept the evil out of it, it's okay, right?  Well, every family is different, this I know.

As a Christian family, we have explained that Halloween in general can be viewed as an evil day and shouldn't be celebrated in some cases, but we do alternatives.  I don't see anything wrong with dressing up in cute costumes and getting candy, just not door to door.  Instead, we do family-friendly costume and trick or treating events like at the library, etc.  Even churches have fun alternatives like "Trunk or Treat."  We also don't mind carving pumpkins, but lately we have been decorating them instead with markers, glitter, etc. Will my girls be dressing up and going out tonight?  No, we will be having a family pizza and movie night.  They are allowed to dress up in a costume that they already have in their dress up boxes.  We will do a candy hunt in the backyard etc.  There have been times that we handed out children Bible tracks with candy to the neighborhood kids as to be a light, but this year, we just want to sit in.  We will do that next year.

The last time we went out trick or treating at night was two years ago.  When scary and evil costumes appeared, my girls cried and said, "this isn't right, God doesn't like this night."  Talk about a humbling experience for me.  Now, I am not saying that because your family goes trick or treating this is wrong, every family has their own beliefs and that's awesome.  God deals with every Christian family differently on this topic and this just happens to be ours.

What do you and your family do?  Are you absolutely against Halloween or for it?  I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Many Blessings!

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