|Annabelle's first Halloween... Yes, yes, I know the bow was as big as her head....|
It could also be Happy figure-out-how-to-throw-together-a-costume-out-of-misc-stuff-in-the-house day, too.
At least, that's the case in the Phillips' household.
Halloween is probably the least celebrated holiday in our house. The whole devil-worshipping thing puts a damper on an otherwise silly holiday. But we've always let our kids dress up in something fun and roam the neighborhood with their cousins to pick up gobs of tooth-decaying goodies.
Yeah, I'm making this sound REAL pleasant, huh.
Seriously though, in the "Christian" community, there are a TON of differing opinions on Halloween.
Is it "okay" to go trick or treating?
Is it "okay" to dress up as a witch or ghost or devil?
Is it "okay" for even churches to host fall festivals to celebrate?
I'm a firm believer that EACH family must answer these questions on an individual basis after lots of prayer.
I'm also a firm believer that looking down ones nose at someone else as to how they choose to handle it is, well, uncool.
But... as for me and MY family...
We do the whole trick-or-treat thing. The kids have fun making, mostly, homemade costumes. (Annabelle does have a ladybug outfit I bought used from a lady!)
We do the whole pumpkin thing.
But that's it. We don't do a bunch of decorating (I have some pumpkin stickers on our front door window, that's it!) and we don't allow the girls to have costumes that we consider "dark." (I know some do... no judgement, but it's just something we feel appropriate for our home.)
For us, we recognize the evil intent of the holiday. In NO WAY do we want to celebrate that. And it's important to us to have the discussions with our kids about why we don't "go all out" for the holiday.
Because...there IS a spirit world out there, and there are evil spirits having an absolute hayday on Halloween. So instead of locking ourselves in our house and wearing whatever those things are people wear around their neck to protect from stuff like that (is it onions or something??? See, I'm really not in the know...)
We go out, armed with Jesus, and have a clean, loved-filled fun evening. As we walk around, I do lots of praying. Not like a huge religious yelling prayer that would embarrass the life out of my kids, but just silently to myself as God leads.
So... wish me luck as I head out with my lady bug, Minney Mouse, Baker, and Injured person (this is the costume... not a personal actually injured, HA) to collect a rediculous amount of candy that I will then ration to last us until close to Christmas.
Discussion: How do YOU handle Halloween at your house? What fun characters will you have in YOUR house tonight?