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Saturday, 23 October 2010
Halloweens of Today - Part Two of a Two Part Series
Mood:  cool
Topic: General

Yesterday I talked about my Halloween memories from my childhood. My how times have changed. Gone are the days where you child could freely walk door to door in your neighborhood without fear. The innocent costumes of yesteryear have taken back seat to ugly, gross, expensive store bought masks and costumes. I can see why some churches condemn Halloween and have nothing to do with it.

I won't get into the debate about the history of Halloween and why some say that Christians shouldn't be celebrating this holiday. I won't take time to reiterate why Halloween costumes have become more gross than I could have ever imagined when I was young. I won't delve into what has happened to our world to make going door to door unsafe for our children. These things have been discussed into the ground.

I am of the opinion that, with a little bit of planning, Halloween can still be a safe and fun holiday that can be enjoyed by all. Here are some suggestions:

1. Don't sweat the costume. Homemade can still be great. Last year our son, Joshua, went as a ninja. We found some white pants, a white shirt, a black cloth belt and a black cloth headband and that was it. No one cared and he loved it! Jacob, our youngest decided that he didn't want to wear the army shirt that we had found, so he just wore the camouflage pants with a grey turtle neck shirt and called that was it. He was happy and so were we.


2. These days, I wouldn't suggest allowing your kids to go door to door by themselves anywhere. How about driving you kids to the homes of some of your good friends or pick a really nice neighborhood to trick or treat at. Always instruct your kids to never go into someones home unless you are right there with them and always be very visible and keep your kids in site. In a busy neighborhood it is sometimes hard to tell which witch is which. Perhaps have some tell tale sign that is unique to your child's costume so that mommy won't mistake some else's mummy for her mummy.

3. Church sponsored "Trunk or Treats" are really popular these days. That's where church members will park their cars with the trunks facing out. They open their decorated, candy filled, trunks and the kids walk through the rows of cars trick or treating and filling their bags with candy. Often the church will have inflatable jumping toys and other games to entertain your child as well.


4. Not sure about the trick or treating or dressing up part? Some churches sponsor "Fall Festivals" where you dress up like a Bible character or sometimes come as you are. Ask around. Most are open to anyone.

5. Still not convinced that Halloween is for you? Why not take your family to a corn maze. They are very popular these days. At least they are around here. Most don't have a Halloween theme at all and are a lot of fun. In fact, we just went to one today as a family and had a blast. Pictures are coming soon, but, until then, here's a picture from our adventure last year.


Even though Halloween is not the innocent holiday it used to be, it can still be a lot of fun. You just need to be creative, pick an activity that fits your family, and don't sweat it. Have fun!

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:44 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 27 October 2010 1:43 AM CDT
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Sunday, 24 October 2010 - 12:19 AM CDT

Name: "Jean"
Home Page: http://homesweethomeschool.wordpress.com

I remember the old-fashioned, "innocent" Halloween, with the homemade costumes and going door to door in the neighborhood and getting home-baked goodies and apples and raisins along with a smattering of candy.

We had a dentist appointment at the mall that coincided with the mall's trick-or-treat one year, when they were still fairly young. Our girls walked around to the stores collecting candy (*sigh* somehow that doesn't go with "dentist" at all) and told everyone they were monsters dressed in little-girl costumes.

They'd love to go trick-or-treating, just for the candy. Our church has a Reformation Celebration every year and we do that instead.

Sunday, 24 October 2010 - 3:20 PM CDT

Name: "Wendy"
Home Page: http://wendy-homeschoolingblessings.blogspot.com

I don't do Halloween with my children, but our church usually has a fall festival or something like that.  There are also some really nice farms nearby that offer hayrides, corn mazes, replicas of pioneer houses and barns, and other fun activities for kids.  I'm so glad that there are alternatives now so that, even if I don't do the "regular" things on Halloween, my kids can still have a great time doing fall activities.  :)  My homeschool group also has a "Hallalujah Party" each year.  The kids are allowed to dress up in costumes that aren't scarey (no witches, black cats, etc.), and they do fall games and activities and of course get lots of candy. 

Sunday, 24 October 2010 - 9:44 PM CDT

Name: "Kimberly"
Home Page: http://welovetohomeschool.com

I enjoyed reading your take on Halloween.  Nice memories and nice ideas.


We haven't done the door-to-door thing since moving to a new area 4 years ago.  We go to the mall for trick-or-treat.  The church for Fall Festival.  Stuff like that.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 - 2:14 PM CDT

Name: "Debbie"
Home Page: http://debbiesdigest.blogspot.com/

Great post Tim. We are doing #4 though the kids are all to old to participate. We will be helping out. We have done regular trick or treating in a friend's neighborhood, but after a homeowner dressed up and scared our kids one halloween, so much so that our youngest would not go up to any more houses that night, we went back to just doing the Fall Festival at church. They do let the kids dress up but don't allow certain costumes.

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