Do you celebrate Halloween? If you look at national polls, the subject is very divided among Christians. Personally, I’ve always had mixed feelings about it. Yes, it’s fun to dress up, but the costumes these days can sometimes be downright scary and most definitely not child oriented. Factor in the history and I’m all for keeping the porch light out on Halloween night.
|My fun-loving horse|
So next comes the opposite question–do WE celebrate Halloween? In traditional sense of the word we would have to say no. We neither turn the light on nor hand out candy; that is for sure. In addition we do not decorate for Halloween or go Trick-or-Treating from door to door. I’ve never liked the idea of begging for candy; candy is not even healthy let alone something worth begging for.
However, we do like to dress up. As such, we have tried to find other alternatives in which the girls can get dressed in special costumes during October. Last year we dressed up and went to an event in our community called Storybook Forest. It’s a cute event where kids can dress up and meet classic storybook characters such as Rapunzel and the Three Little Pigs. Children can also listen to classic stories being read around the campfire, play carnival-like games, go for a hay ride, and roast marshmallows. It was a blast.
This year we went to an event at our local Bass Pro Shop so that Peanut could get her pic taken with the Peanut’s gang (she loves reading and watching Charlie Brown and Woodstock). While there she also got to go on a scavenger hunt for some candy and participate in a costume parade. You should have seen her marching through the store. You would have thought she was a drum major!
|My little bumblebee|
So what are we going to be doing tonight? We will be at church for our Awana night. Peanut has memorized some new Bible verses and can’t wait to share them with her teacher. While there we will be sharing some fresh-made zucchini bread! That alone sounds ten times better than any bag of candy you can buy. All that to say, whatever you do tonight, have a safe Halloween and remember, you are God’s workmanship, created to do good and be a light in world for Him. God bless.