Halloween has certainly changed for me over the years and I'm totally ok with it. I've appreciated so much reading the blog posts I've seen around that are all, hey, I was one of those people who was told not to celebrate the "devil's" holiday as a kid...but, look, I love Jesus and I choose to do it with my family now and it's OK. Because I am one of those.
I was actually first raised that we did do Halloween. You know, the fun parts. I remember trick-or-treating, even. In fact, I have a few photos of us dressed up in happy, non-gory, kiddish-type costumes. I believe I was a farmer-girl. Sweet and innocent little farmer girl. It wasn't until we began attending another Church that had, let's say, stronger convictions (especially in leadership) about the subject that suddenly Halloween was something we no longer participated in. They had events where you could dress up as Bible Characters (yay) and go from table to table within the four walls of the church for the 'harvest fest' instead of, you know, going door to door. There were times I was pulled out of the Halloween parades and events at school. I remember hating that. We just didn't do Halloween.
I don't blame my parents. I adore them and know that at the time, they were doing what they felt convicted about, and honestly, I think they felt swayed by what 'Church' was saying Was Right at the time, too. But I will say this-- I truly believe that it's what you make it--these holidays. And when it came to us, having children, and participating in things like trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving, and Halloween parties at the Y, etc---it was a no brainer. We were doing it, we were embracing the parts we enjoy, and doing it with our family.
That's kind of the awesome thing when you become an adult, a parent. You get to make those decisions with your spouse about how you'll handle certain holidays, how they line up with your convictions and faith now, and how you'll spin it.
I'm not telling anyone else what's good for them--I'm just saying, I'm glad we decided that the light, non-gory, trick-or-treating, eating Chili with our friends before we go out, dressing up, pumpkin carving-side of Halloween? Is good with us. And I really just enjoy seeing my kids enjoy the fun, imaginative play that comes along with it. Oh, and candy. Candy's cool, too.
With that said--whatever you do. Trunk-or-treat, harvest party at your church, handing out candy in your neighborhood, hanging with friends in the driveway, chili & beer beforehand, trick-or-treating---have fun. Be light. and Happy Halloween. ;)
(two of my favorite posts during this time: here and here)