Becky - posted on 09/13/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )
This is maybe a bit more of a rant than a debate...
Do you decorate the outside of your house for Halloween? How far do you go, if you do?
We really don't do much for Halloween. A jack-o-lantern is about it. Mainly because my husband thinks decorating the house for every holiday is a waste of money. I'm lucky to get away with as much as I do at Christmas! But some houses around here go all out with the whole haunted house type thing - cobwebs all over the front entry, severed heads, motion-activated ghosts and witches, etc. I am not anti-halloween in any way. I don't think it's evil or of the devil or anything like that, but houses like that bug me. For the simple reason that I have young children. As do many others who are out on Halloween. And young children are impressionable and can be easily frightened by things like that. Last year, it wasn't really an issue, although I still felt some houses could've toned it down a bit. But this year, well, we went to Michaels (a craft store) the other day and we walked past this motion-activated goblin thing and my youngest got totally freaked out! He was scared the rest of the time we were in the store. Today, I just tried to go look at Halloween costumes in Superstore and he got scared! (and then totally freaked when we walked past an older man who vaguely resembled the goblin that had frightened him, which was pretty embarassing!) So clearly, we are going to have to skip those houses this year! Now, that's not really a big deal, it's not like my kids need that much candy! But I still think that at the very least, it would be considerate if people would maybe save their scariest decorations for after dark when most people with preschoolers are already done trick-or-treating.
Am I just being over-protective or a control freak?