Halloween?!?

Cassie - posted on 10/24/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi My name is Cassie, I have been married just over a year and have a brand new baby girl! I grew up in a family where we did not "celebrate" Halloween. My parents actually kept us home from School on Halloween until we were old enough to understand the history behind the day. Instead of Trick or Treating we would have a family night.



I know with only a month old little girl I have a while before we need to decide what we are going to do in our family. I was just wondering if anyone else does anything similar, or what your opinion of Halloween is...

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Sara - posted on 12/30/2008

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i have three kids, age 4 3/4, 1 3/4, and 5 almost 6 months... i let them celebrate holloween at our church, were there are games, candy, jump houses and tons of people we know and trust. They ( the too older ones love it and my little girl was spoilled rotten by the teen girls that work in the nursery! ) i helped out with some games while the kids had a blast in a fun and safe enviornment. :)

Emma - posted on 12/12/2008

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We do not do Halloween! We do not open our door on that night. But or church puts on a party for children called an alternative to halloween. The children do apple bobing, throwing custerd pies at people etc... The children have loads off fun and have party food before they go home. It is so much fun for them and my son loves it.

Briggitte - posted on 12/08/2008

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When we came to know Christ about 6 years ago, our girls didn't really understand why we didn't celebrate Halloween any longer. Thankfully, the church we attended would host a party each year to teach the little ones about why we don't celebrate. They get to dress up in costumes (nothing scary or demonic) and collect candy in the end. In essence, they get the candy without trick or treating.

Does your church host anything like that? If not, what about other churches in the community? Maybe you could start your own celebration as an alternative to trick or treating.

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I have a 3 yr old and a 1 year old. I struggled with this at first too. What we have done the past 2 years is dress the boys up (nothing scary or evil of course), and go to church. We've always found churches that have fun stuff going on. Worship music, games for the kids, candy, etc. This year we actually hit 2 churches in one night. When my boys get older, I will tell them about the evil associated with Halloween and that evil spirits are real and how important it is to be with fellow Christians on that night glorifying Jesus.

Angela - posted on 11/28/2008

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My family never celebrated Halloween when I was a kid. I've done alot of research on it being one of those people who always needs to know why and my hubby and I decided we are not going to celebrate it with our children. Everything associated with the holiday is derived from something negative and we just don't think as christians that its appropriate. My husbands family who are also believers have always celebrated it and his sister continues to do so with her children and thats a decision that was respect as well as them respecting ours. I am personally against the holiday and in a way don't understand why christians celebrate it considering it is a major witches sabboth. I may have a extreme views, but I have done my homework and just don't want my children partaking. Also I don't think I would feel comfortable having my children eat candy from strangers.

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2008

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I celebrated Halloween when I was a kid, but definitly don't plan to do it with our kids. We can do fun fall stuff that goes on, but there is no need to dress up and go trick or treating - for one cuz they won't need the candy either!



We're celebrating Christmas, but we're celebrating Christ's birth and not doing Santa Claus, we're doing Easter for the Resurrection of Christ, but not for the Easter Bunny. Just those things take away from the real meaning of the holiday. Plus, I remember being mad and felt very betrayed when I found out my mother lied to me. (And call me selfish, but if I buy my kids something, I want the credit - lol...!)



I've never known of anyone that hasn't got to go "Trick or Treating" to be resentful that they never got to do it because usually the families do something else, or even churches have events and stuff where it's a lot of fun! It's based off a Pagan tradition of bringing back the dead - yes you can focus on the "fun" part of Halloween, but there is so much evil in it.



Most of all, everyone has to make their own choice as to what they feel is best for their family. This is what we feel is best for ours and these are our convictions, but it's not something that makes a person a "better" or "worse" Christian. It's just what you are comfortable with. Many of our good friends do celebrate it.



Essentially now and continually, I would just pray about it and do what you feel is right for your family on this matter, if there is any level of discomfort with it, you shouldn't celebrate it, but if you feel fine with it then have fun with it! Most of all, have fun either way you go with it :-)

Jenny - posted on 10/30/2008

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We did not celebrate as children either, because of what it stands for. I myself have always done it with my children, but as they get older I tell them what it stands for and that we just do it for the candy nothing more. For the past few years my parents church have done a Trunk or Treat. They pull cars into the gym and put candy, fruit, and different things in the trunk and also set up some game stations and it is open to the community. It is a safe way to "trick or treat" and it is indoors and warm!!!!! I do not take the kids trick or treating anymore, we always go to my parents church instead.

Jacquelyn - posted on 10/29/2008

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Honestly, I have done both. The first 6 years of my oldest sons life we did not celebrate Halloween and he never really asked about it or for it. At age 7, I'd had another child and my husband thought they were missing out on something that was suppossed to be fun for kids. After a great deal of discussion I relented, but with the condition that there were to be no scary, gross, or demonic costumes. We now have a third child and this will be her first Halloween. The boys have a great time going door to door. All they really care about is the candy and getting to dress up in funny costumes. I fully know the history of the day and what it represents and when my kids are old enough, we will explain it to them as well. I think it is a personal decision you and your spouse have to make together. I also know that many churches, including ours has a Fall Festival that is set right before or right after Halloween. You could find something like that as a replacement. Many of them encourage the kids to dress up and they hand out candy with carnival style games. It would serve as a perfect replacement if you do not wish to recognize Halloween, but still want your child to have the chance to dress up.

Roxanne - posted on 10/28/2008

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We go to a Harvest party at church. The kids get to dress up. They are not allowed to be anything evil. We still have our lights on and give out candy. I do not judge anyone for doing this is just where the Lord has led us.

Tracy - posted on 10/28/2008

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I have three children, ages 13, 11 and 8. I have wrestled with this issue often and have gone back and forth in my feelings - one year "yes" one year "no" - until this year. I have decided that I really don't like Halloween. I had the Halloween decorations that would come out on the years that I thought it was okay, but like Amy posted I have realized that it really isn't a day to be celebrated and if you ask yourself WWJD, I honestly feel that it wouldn't be something that Jesus would want us to be participating in. Death is not something funny, witchcraft is not something we are to be apart of. Even in fun. I threw all my Halloween stuff in a garbage bag and watched the garbage man throw it in the truck. I have even chosen to not buy the bags of Halloween candy because it supports the Halloween industry.

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Glad to find this post...My name is Amy I'm a mother to an 8-year old boy and a 5 year old girl. I am amazed at how aware I have become to this holiday just over the past few years. I've always had a problem with it - but lately it just seems to permeate the air in all the stores I go into. The decorations have become more and more sinister and in your face kind of stuff. I finally could not take it anymore and I have had to start saying things to the managers of the store. I try to keep my comments light and smile the whole time, but I let them know in no uncertain terms that their decor is PG13 or R rated in terms of families having to shop there (or eat there - if it is a restaurant). I just learned a couple of days ago that the Wicca movement and paganism are now "recognized" religions by the US military and that chaplains must learn about them to know how to "minister" to those in these religions. But when you think about the stores and restaurants putting up Christian religious symbols, it would be unheard of, right? So why is it ok for these same stores to place symbols that could be construed as part of Paganism and the Wicca society, ex. ghosts, goblins, witches, etc (even if they are happy and smiling?)?
I do not know if anyone else has such extreme views as I do, but if you are out there, I would love to hear from you as a form of encouragement that I am not alone in my concern. After all, the bible says in Deuteronomy Chapter 8... (Contemp English version) Don't sacrifice your son or daughter. And don't try to use any kind of magic or witchcraft to tell fortunes or to cast spells or to talk with spirits of the dead. 12The LORD is disgusted with anyone who does these things, and that's why he will help you destroy the nations that are in the land. 13Never be guilty of doing any of these disgusting things!

Stephanie - posted on 10/27/2008

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My husband didn't grow up celebrating it either. Our daughter is 10 months old, so I am just going to put her in her cheerleading outfit (for one of our favorite colleges). In the past we haven't done anything - spending the night at friends or in the back room of our house. This year, we are going to hand out tracts and candy if anyone comes by.

If your kid is going to go to school, then you might want to let her dress up and then play games at home at night (with candy prizes maybe?). Or, maybe you could get together with friends and do something together.

Diana - posted on 10/25/2008

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My husband is very against Halloween but it's hard to escape the day. One thing that we are trying to do (our kids are 4, 3, and 14 months) is that they can't be anything scary. Only fun and just let them trick or treat.



I wasn't allowed to go to haunted houses or anything like that and that's going to be the same rule for my kids.

Kathryn - posted on 10/25/2008

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I am very old-fashioned and do love to try and emulate the simplicitity of very olden times. However, in this day and age celebrating Halloween means little more than costumes and candy for most children. I think it's silly to keep kids from doing something fun because it USED to represent something else. I also don't let my kids say sh*t because it is offensive in the current day. At the time of historical Hallow's eve's that word was acceptable because if just meant poop. It's really all about what it means to you. Of course if celebrating Halloween makes you uncomfortable that does count for something. But to say it still represents what it represented hundreds of years ago just isnt' true.



Sorry jmo

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I don't have a problem with Halloween but I do make sure its not scary for them. Its suppose to be fun.

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