Ok so I’m a day late, but hey we’ve been away (and I’m sure there are hundreds of posts on this already..) But I have been pondering for a while about the age old issue of Halloween. We have always taken the kids trick or treating in the past and our village is particularly keen on it, especially for the Under 8s, in a completely harmless way, no egging, threats or tricks, just cute kids in costume asking for tuck.
However this year since our renewal of faith I have been thinking about it more and although I am not completely anti I do find the whole thing rather uncomfortable. We decided not to do trick or treating, despite most of the kids friends going out. Actually they weren’t that bothered really! When their Granny asked about why they weren’t trick or treating the 4 year old piped up ‘God doesn’t like it.’ And our church was running a Bright Party so they all went to that anyway, and got stacked up with sweets which is all they were really after anyway.
Anyway seeing that our village goes in for trick or treating in a big way, there was no way we could completely avoid the issue. So the dilemna was: do I make a big deal about it and refuse to give out sweets or answer the door? or do we come to some alternative? Well I decided it wouldn’t be particualrly loving to just shut up shop for the night, so we stocked up on sweets anyway. I wanted to bless people who came calling so we carved our pumpkins with crosses and set up an arch of light. I prayed that anyone who came through it would be blessed by Gods love, and we gave away stacks of chocolate! I’m still not sure what I think about it all but at the very least I don’t want to turn people away who come knocking at my door.
GOD thinkerNovember 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm
I absloutely love what you did!! We do not celebrate Halloween either and choose not to give out treats but we never have and our neighbors know why and respect that. I love your alternative of blessing the kids and praying for those who came through the arch. I believe you really showed God's love to your village!!!
LesleyNovember 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm
I think it is natural for kids to dress up as things they are afraid of… I read a report that showed that kids who face their fears through play do better psychologically than those who don't… doesn't have to be Halloween of course – but why not – once you have been a ghost or a ghoullie in play then you aren't going to be scared of them any more…