We have already had such a good day, making tons of fun memories with friends and enjoying each other and yes, even the stormy weather outside. And, you know what? The H word hasn’t even been mentioned once, by anybody here. Who needs evil and pretending to be somebody else and gorging on candy just to “make memories”? It is not bothering anyone in this house that we skip halloween and that makes me so happy.
What I think is really sad is that there are tons of people who feel like they must do what everyone else does. Or they think they must carry on the traditions and memories of their own childhood. Well, I went trick or treating when I was young and while it was fun, I don’t miss it for my children. There are plenty of other fun things we can do that encourage our children to be themselves and to be confident in that. Others of my friends do it because they think they will reach people with the gospel…on the day of evil. I’m sorry, but I disagree. The only people you are reaching are those who are already on your side. The ones who really need saving are the ones out doing evil or not participating at all. They don’t go to a community event to get candy and chit chat with churches, but I digress.
I also think it’s ridiculous that people are so upset about our city’s decision to not change the plans for this evening because of the weather. If you’re going to celebrate a holiday, then celebrate it on that day, or just don’t. We don’t change Christmas or Easter or any other holidays just because of bad weather. Get over it!
Sorry, if I’m offending everyone today. I’m just tired of everyone getting so excited about a holiday that is not all about fun. It is an evil day and people do horrible things. These horrible things either get ignored, or people get upset and wonder why they happen. They make “funny” movies out of terrible things. People think it’s funny to dress up as scary evil beings and to go to haunted houses. How have we become so desensitized to evil that we encourage it? A few weeks ago we went to Walgreens to get a few things. They had a little vampire statue sitting out holding a bowl (for candy, I presume). My 5 year old accidentally bumped into it and it started to “grab” him as it fell. He was so scared and crying and upset that we have not been able to go back to Walgreens. I know you’re probably thinking I should make him face the fear and that it’s just a statue, but I disagree again. I think his reaction is perfect. I don’t think we should fear anything, because God says not to, but I do think that we should stay away from evil and not embrace it. Now, I know the statue was not alive, but there are people out there who believe they are vampires (and witches, warlocks, wizards, etc.) and they cause real damage. This is not something I want my children to think is okay to be around.
I read this article by a former pagan urging people not to celebrate halloween, here, and it has convicted me even more. I will not expect someone else to train my children in the way they should go. That’s mine and my husband’s responsibility and we take it very seriously. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ~Joshua 24:15 We love all of you, whether you celebrate this day or not. Just know that it isn’t all fun and games. Don’t encourage evil and don’t desensitize your family to it. I beg this of you.
For an article that is very good and probably much nicer than mine go here.