Not Quite One and Not Quite the Other...

So. There are those who go all out for Halloween and those who run the other way with their fingers plugging their ears. We live somewhere in the middle of those two places. I guess I can't quite say that under no circumstances do we celebrate Halloween but I can say that we alter a lot what we choose to focus on as a family this time of year...For starters, here is an article on eHow that helps me explain my stance a little...go HERE for that. I think what makes us different from your average Halloween celebrator is that we refuse to indulge in anything creepy, scary, ghoulish, macabre, bloody, witchy, evil, devilsih, etc. In fact this is a general rule for our household...we don't watch scary movies, listen to unsavory music, watch crude TV, curse, etc. I go out of my way to make sure Moses sees/hears as little of that as possible..even if I have to go ten aisles out of my way in a store to avoid him seeing those creepy Halloween displays. We as a family, view our bodies as a dwelling place for Jesus...and we most certainly believe that what goes in will certainly come out sooner or later...and we aren't just talking food here. As for protecting Moses...the way I see it...a child is like a blank roll of paper...endless possibilities with which to fill him...why would I want to purpose myself to waste an inch of that paper filling it with ghoul and yuck, when I can fill it with light and Jesus? Have I lost you yet?
Now, please, please don't read any of this as a judgment on anyone who celebrates differently than we do...I am not and refuse to be a finger waving Christian who condemns people for celebrating Halloween...I have met those types and they scare me. It all comes down to this for me...everything I do, see, read, eat, touch, love, enjoy, take part in...I want to be for the good and glory of God. I fail all the time, believe me but I try with all my heart and I really want to be deserving of His forgiveness and mercy...though I know I can never truly earn it. Creepy, ghoulish type things just don't settle well with me...I can't fit it into God's glory. Does that make sense to ANYONE out there?
So you may be wondering, how do we celebrate Halloween then? Will we let our kids dress up? Yes, if they want to...in non-scary type costumes. Will we let them trick-or-treat? At the moment, most likely. Will we carve pumpkins? Yes. We will do all the usual things but I want to always be thinking of a way to infuse some light into them...here is a great pumpkin carving example: How carving a pumpkin is like being a Christian. We also hope to continue to learn and educate ourselves and our kids about the true origins of Halloween and learn about the martyrs that gave their lives for Jesus. We want to aim to reclaim the holiday for God's good. :)

Does any of that make sense to any of you? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the subject, whether you feel the same or not. :)
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19 comments:

Trish said...

We don't celebrate Halloween either. I'm always torn, because it is so much fun and I get jealous of the families that dress up and go trick or treating and do the traditional type of Halloween activities. But when I try deep down it just isn't right for our family. So we choose not to celebrate it, but hold no judgement for those that do!

Sara said...

My little boy goes to a Christian preschool, and they have the most awesome idea there. Every year at Halloween time, they have a 'harvest festival', where kids can dress up like farmers, or animals (one teacher dressed up like a cow last year) Nothing scary. It's great, cause the kids still get to celebrate something and they get to do a little parade and make some pumpkin crafts.

Sara said...

My little boy goes to a Christian preschool, and they have the most awesome idea there. Every year at Halloween time, they have a 'harvest festival', where kids can dress up like farmers, or animals (one teacher dressed up like a cow last year) Nothing scary. It's great, cause the kids still get to celebrate something and they get to do a little parade and make some pumpkin crafts.

Krista said...

I am the same way as you...I have never let our girls watch "scary" movies or TV shows and honestly, when we walk through stores they have no wants to see the spooky stuff.

Halloween for us is a time to dress up and have some innocent fun. We go to relatives homes and friends that we know and that's about it and our girls have never complained.

You can always find the good and bad in things, it's just how you look at it. What works for one may not work for someone else and I'm okay with that. That's why God made us all as individuals :)

Have a great night!
Krista

The Garcias said...

Goodness! :) Thanks so much for posting this. I had this VERY conversation with a coworker yesterday afternoon. Neither of us are moms yet, but we love to discuss what values we hold for our families, and ponder how we will deal with certain situations when they come. We agreed that we neither heartily embraced Halloween nor condemned (all of) it. I feel quite the same as you, as I am seeking to give God glory in all I do. I don't think that dwelling on scary creepy things is wise, nor what we are called to. We are to acknowledge that spiritual warfare is a real thing. By making it cutesy and commercial, well, that does not redeem it... I think seeking after godliness translates to being careful and intentional in what I participate in. I think costumes and candy are so much fun for little ones and I love that our church puts on a large "alternative" event for this day. God has given us much in life to celebrate.
I really appreciate your corner of blogland. I sometimes land on your page simply to take in the colors as well as your tunes! :)

traci said...

I understand and agree with you 110%!! We also do a Fall Festival at church (its very carnivalish..animals, blowups, tons of games, food, hayrides, costumes, pumpkins, cake walk, etc)We do non scary costumes and leave out everything you said.
God is worthy of our praise and celebrating Halloween in the traditional sense is not praising him.
I wish more parents felt the way you did. Kids See, hear and DO to much, too young. Again, God is worthy!!

Anonymous said...

This was a very good blog entry. My favorite thoughts were:

"We as a family, view our bodies as a dwelling place for Jesus...and we most certainly believe that what goes in will certainly come out sooner or later...and we aren't just talking food here."

I couldn't agree more and thought you said it very well. I think that's why I tend to be so turned off by blogs that are filled with lots of venting and negative.

I love to focus on positive, good things and people full of peace, love & joy.

Thanks again for this entry. Will try to check back more regularly and start following your blog now.

blueeyeddog said...

For the last two years, our church has celebrated Halloween with Trunk or Treat. We fill our church parking lot up with cars, and have the trunks open and pass out candy. It's been an incredible outreach to kids in the community. It provides a safe place for kiddos on Halloween(the youth group always does something, too) and gives the church a chance to engage with families who bring their kids. This is our baby's first halloween, so I think we will dress him up and parade him around at different family members' homes. Good for you for raising your kids with values and principles that they will be able to carry with them for a lifetime!

Smith Family Blog said...

Makes sense to me! We had long talks before our Moses was born about how to handle Halloween. Part of me wanted to run the other direction, but memories of my own fun Halloweens made me not want to keep that kind of fun from Moses. And our schools still have dress-up parties-- I didn't want Moses to be the only one not in a costume. Living in a Christian family, there will be enough times when he is the "only one" who doesn't get to participate in something...

So we are in the middle, too. We let Moses dress up-- but we have a rule that it must be an animal, a Bible character, or a book character (from a book we approve :) ). And we will carve pumpkins, but nothing scary. As for trick-or-treating, right now we only take him to a couple houses. When he's older and getting out more on his own, the rule will be only houses where we know the people. I will likely have a printed list/map for him. :)

Marie said...

Well, you pretty much described in a nutshell how we celebrate Halloween, right down to dressing up in fun costumes, trick or treating, and carving pumpkins as a family tradition. I agree with this post and am glad you shared.
Have a blessed night!

ArtGirlBlue said...

Love that your blog stirs up healthy talk :)

I guess I'm the odd man out because we love all the fun of Halloween here. My little one is only 3 so scary things are out, but dressing up, parties and all that fun is welcome.

It is refreshing to see that you do not push your beliefs on others. People like that just do not have an open mind or room for others in their life.

Celebrating (or at least recognizing) our differences is what makes life great! I really believe that.

Thanks for the great food for thought!!

tiffany said...

I am soooooooooooooo happy to read this, cause i'm having a hard time trying to explain it to people right now!! my family is the same way. we do the whole trick or treating deal for the kids, but try to make it more of a "fall celebration" than halloween. so refreshing to see other mom's trying to balance it out. i'm also right now in the process of trying to do the no scary movies, no bad music deal, and it can be hard. Sometimes i feel like i'm alone in doing these things!! thanks so much for posting about this.

Becky said...

We have the same beliefs in our family. I dress my daughter up - not scary and do the fall festival at church. I can do some Halloween as long as it's cute and not "dark." We have no decorations in our house except pumpkins. We really watch what we bring into our home too. Kids catch onto things so fast it's incredible!

Elma said...

Oh I am so with you. I want nothing to do with all the scary stuff. I want my kids to enjoy the harvest time and we go to the pumkin patch and go for a hay ride.So we have fun that way.

little wash wash said...

Have heard so much about your blog from other blogs. LOve your etsy things!! great blog!!

Oldhops said...

I just realized that I am the only guy in here. Halloween is funny to me, cause living in a college town I find it is just an excuse to dress like a hooker or Axle Rose and get loaded. As far as the kids go, I think they just really love getting as much candy as it takes to cause a diabetic comma. And Crystal you know my kids candy is not something they need that much of.

Holly said...

Love decorating and celebrating Halloween. We stay away from the scary stuff, but simply view it as fun for our kids. Trick or treating, church harvest parties, dressing up...so fun. A fellow student of our 1st grader informed her that Halloween is for devil worshipers. I just told her that our family doesn't believe that. Halloween is a fun tradition for our family. No meaning, just fun. Works for us. =-) xoxoxo

Sarah said...

Wonderful post! And thanks so much for linking to my post! You are a light for Jesus, that's for sure!

Beth said...

I think you explained the Christian aspect of it very well. At my kids' preschool, they send a list home of the creepy things they can't dress up as.

It speaks volumes to me when my 19-month-old clings to me in terror when we go to Walgreens because they have freaky things hanging from the ceiling. THAT is NOT fun!

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