Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day of the Dead or Candy free for all?

     What does Halloween mean to you? The question of Halloween was brought up in bible study this past week. Do you allow your kids to trick or treat or not? I’ve heard a few versions of the origins of Halloween. I’ve heard that it use to be a time when you would dress up to scare away ghosts or souls. I’ve read about it being called the festival of the dead and cults sacrificing animals/things. It’s also known to be the holiday of the ‘witch.’
    I can understand where any parent wouldn’t want their child partaking in such events. But is that what Halloween is all about? I don’t know. It never was for me. Halloween has always been a day where you dress up in costume and go door to door to see how much candy you could collect. To be honest, I never really thought of Halloween as anything other then time to dress up, get free candy, and hang out with my friends. My mother never sat me down and had a chat with me about what Halloween was thought to be about and how she felt about it. I’m pretty sure she felt the same way I do - costume, candy, woohoo! Well, that’s not the truth, she did tell me that all Musketeers were bad and I should hand them over right away (love you Mom). But other then those horribly bad Musketeer bars I didn’t think much more of Halloween.
    We discussed what could be some other options to trick or treating… Fall festivals, maybe a Halloween sleepover, a trunk or treating activity, there are tons of ideas out there! What do you guys think? Do you have any Halloween traditions? Do your kids or do/did you trick or treat?
    It’s possible when Haleigh gets old enough we’ll talk to her about  other people’s beliefs and ours. If that day  comes I’ll probably just say other people may believe certain things but in this family it’s all about having fun and getting candy. It is after all, isn’t it?

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1 comment:

  1. that's all halloween is to everyone I know...maybe once upon a time it was about other things but not any least as far as my *cough* VAST realm of knowledge is concerned lol
    btw I'm totally excited about dressing A up in her ladybug costume and going around with my friends kids tomorrow for the first time!!!
    Love the little devil horns on H sooo cute!