I grew up in a pretty much Christian-light home and always celebrated October 31st as Halloween. Spooky, kooky, scary, and candy filled. There was never a discussion about inappropriate costumes, the history of the day or anything really. Mostly the discussion centered on, “how much candy did you get?” As I embarked into the journey of motherhood as a Christian I started to think more on what our family would do with this day. My husband is from Salem, Massachusetts which is pretty much the Halloween Mecca of the east coast. There was no doubt that we would find a way to celebrate Halloween. After investigating the origins of Halloween and having some discussion we decided how to handle Halloween in our family. We will watch the Charlie Brown “Great Pumpkin” special, hand out candy and trick or treat. We will also carve pumpkins and visit Gene the Pumpkin Man each year. We will discourage the darker side of the holiday and set boundaries on Halloween costumes for ourselves and our girls. This is what will work for us, at least for now.
What does your family do with this date?
For more discussion on this topic check out this Focus on the Family link from Steve Russo.