An Unhappy Time of Year

Okay, I’m just going to say it. I dread Halloween. I love the month of October, but the last week of it wears me out and makes me angry and I really just want to lock my family up in the house and not leave until November 1st.

We don’t celebrate Halloween anymore because it is an evil holiday. For Wiccan people this day is a very real day to worship the lord of death and a day that they believe evil spirits are released to attack humans. In old times people would wear costumes of evil things to keep the spirits from noticing that they were good humans. Now, even if you don’t believe these things by dressing up and playing the halloween game you are a participant in this. Playing evil just because everyone says it’s fun is not really a good idea. Almost all of the traditional things that people do for Halloween have their roots in old pagan traditions. Is that something that Christian parents should be encouraging their children to participate in?

The past few years we have gone to the Fall Festival at our church and while I didn’t like that everyone dressed up, it was a good safe alternative in my mind to trick or treating. (by the way, if you don’t get a treat at a house do you trick them? If so, that’s bad, if not, why say it? Why go? You can buy your own candy at the store!) While I haven’t bought any costumes for my children we have some play dress up things here for whenever and they have donned the same thing each time, because everyone else was dressing up. They want to do it again this year. I have decided that I think that’s a bad idea and I don’t want them dressing up on Halloween anymore. I want them to be themselves and trust in the Lord, our God for protection against evil. I don’t want them embracing this holiday. I’m tired of people talking about how fun haunted houses and scary things are. I’m tired of check-out girls at Walmart inviting my children to the WM haunted house and asking them what they’re doing for Halloween. And, yes, I’m even tired of well meaning people at church telling my children that they can dress up and that it will be fun. I don’t even want to go to the fall festival (which has come about in the past couple of days) because it’s going to be a night of difficulty for me. People are going to look at us funny and act like we’re doing something wrong by not celebrating an evil holiday and I just don’t want to do it. I’m tired of feeling like the bad guy (or girl, here) for doing what I believe Christ would want. He wants us to trust him and to follow him and I’m sorry, but participating in halloween is just not something I believe he wants us to do, even if we aren’t practicing what we see as evil.

Sorry if I’ve offended anyone, I usually do around holidays. I just had to put this out there.

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One Response to An Unhappy Time of Year

  1. Kristen Seargent says:

    I agree, wholeheartedly. We have to be willing to say “no” when it counts. I have been thinking, if I can’t stand up and say no to Halloween, what example is that setting for our girls? Thanks, Tabitha!

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