Elisha - posted on 10/31/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )
I'm new to this group and I really have to get this off my chest. So let me preface this by first saying I love dressing up and getting candy. Always have. I trick-or-treated till I was 17...I'm 40 now. When we had our daughter 11yrs ago we continued. But when she was about 5 I started feeling like we shouldn't be celebrating. It was this terrible guilty feeling. We continued celebrating another couple years, each year getting that same awful feeling after. I read up on the history of Halloween and prayed about it and the last Halloween we celebrated was when our daughter was 7. We do other things on that day like go see a play or a movie or go to Chuck E. Cheese. We don't even acknowledge Halloween...it's just a regular day for us. BUT...tonight was different. No good family-friendly movies were playing and we couldn't think of something non-Haloweeny to do. So we decided to go to our daughter's friend's church for their fall festival. I didn't like what our church had planned. The friend assured us that not everyone dresses up and there's a Biblical lesson. So we went. Everyone was dressed up...witches and gorey costumes too, no Biblical message, the kids went room to room playing games for candy, and loud music playing secular music most of the time. My daughter had fun but I have that same sick feeling I had years ago. I feel terrible. We shouldn't have gone. All of our Christian friends do Halloween and I'm not judging. I just get this terrible feeling every time we do. Next year will be different. It has to be. Anyone else feel like this??? It's a terrible guilty feeling. I wish I had a do-over for today.