We’re a mere 4 days from October 31st though, in our small town, Trick-or-Treat takes place tomorrow evening. We have our delightfully adorable DIY costumes ready to go, one PJ Masks Cat Boy and two scuba divers respectively. The kids are pumped to parade around town and show off their fun creations (The older two did a lot of the work on theirs!) all the while collecting bags of sweet treats. Sounds like a great time, right?
Well, it would be except that… I HATE HALLOWEEN!
Hate to the point of I wish we could erase it from the calendar, pretend it doesn’t exist, completely skip over it and move right on to Thanksgiving and Christmas hate it and before you get all up in arms, it’s not why you think.
I HATE being scared. I understand that some people like that rush they get from being spooked. I’m not one of those people. I prefer my rushes to come from rollercoasters, and my kids scoring goals in their soccer game, and my husband unexpectedly grabbing my hand while walking somewhere.
The idea of zombies, and ghosts, and witches just turns my stomach and makes me want to stay inside. The weird thing is, I grew up participating in Halloween festivities. Trick-or-treat, parties at school, haunted houses & hayrides all of it. I never really loved it but the fun I had with friends made up for the fact that it wasn’t really my thing…the bag of candy didn’t really hurt either. 😉
Then, at some point in middle school, I went to a haunted house at a local college. As you can imagine, being put on by college students, it was pretty intense. I can still remember how some of the ‘rooms’ were set up and even what some of the actors were
It shook me to my core.
From that day on, I never again went into a haunted house and actually hardly participated in any Halloween events at all.
Then I had kids and, once again, I was thrust into trick-or-treat, and parades, and parties. I’ve stood my ground on the haunted house thing but the rest has once again entered my life every October like a bad virus.
Do I HAVE to let my kids participate?
Absolutely not! I’m well aware of that, but I’ve always thought that it was just a ‘me’ thing. It was a personal preference to not like Halloween so why would I deny my kids from participating? It just never seemed fair to them.
While we don’t decorate for Halloween, we do go to the local parade and the kids trick-or-treat and take part in their school festivities. I’ve just never found any reason to not allow them to do so.
I don’t have any fears of them getting sucked into the occult or witchcraft. I recognize it as just a fun time for kids to dress up and get candy. But, in order for my kids to do that, we have to walk past everyone else who chooses to dress up as zombies, and demons, and scary witches etc.
I literally makes my skin crawl.
Then today, I read something Erika wrote on her blog and I got to thinking…
What if my feelings have some validity. Maybe it’s not just a ‘me’ thing. Maybe we shouldn’t be going with the crowd on this one.
I don’t know. Today, I don’t have an answer.
This year, we’ll be participating. Will we moving forward? I’m not sure.
Here’s what I do know. I hate being scared and my kids aren’t really fans either. If we choose to participate, we have to be OK crossing paths with others who do not share our same convictions and fears. While I have a deep seeded fear & respect for real spiritual warfare, many people do not and make it out to be some sort of game and, at the worst, glorify the work of the devil.
It is the one time of year when everyone in town is mobile and many will be knocking on MY door. As a Christian who fully believes we are to SHINE A LIGHT, hiding in my house will NOT be an option.
I just have to find a way to be that light but honor my convictions at the same time.
Going to have to think outside the box and I’m not quite sure how I’ll accomplish it, but if I’m going to shine a light in a dark world, on possibly the darkest night of the year, then the idea will probably not be mine. 😉
Do you participate? Any ‘outside the box’ ideas to participate in our own way?
Happy Harvest Friends!