Trick-Or-Treating: Everyone is Not Doing It…I Promise You

Do you feel guilty about not wanting to send your children trick-or-treating this year?




There is no written law that says you have to do it. In fact you’re not the only one who doesn’t. Many families have opted not to trick-or-treat, each for their own reasons or beliefs.

My 2ยข

My children have never officially been door to door trick-or-treating but have attended two trunk-or-treat events. After attending the events I must say that I did not see any difference between non-Christian trick-or-treating and so-called Christian trunk-or-treating. They both promoted death, ghost, spirits, witches and demons. Which is I wasn’t shocked to hear that my own church had LIFE SIZE COFFIN a few years ago.

I am not in the business of telling people what to do but for those of you who have a growing convictions towards not celebrating Halloween, here are some alternate suggestions.

Keep in mind that you don’t need a substitute, but if you don’t want to go cold turkey here’s what you can do.

  • Use this year to educate yourself and your children about the history of Halloween
  • Turn off the lights and pretend your not home (just kidding…stand firm people)
  • Use this time to give out Bible based tracts. There are some neat ones that can be incorporated with candy. (We did this one year)
  • Create a new family tradition by family night at home or out somewhere
  • Get together with other friends who don’t celebrate Halloween and enjoy their fellowship
  • Open your home for a night of fellowship to some families in your community. They may be looking for an alternative as well.

You Have a Choice

To be completely honest, you really don’t have to do anything special at all. It’s just another day on the calendar. You don’t even have to allow your child to participate in at school Halloween activities.

Let your child’s teacher know that you don’t want your child to receive Halloween stickers or candy. You can also tell them not to give your child any Halloween coloring pages, pencils or assignments.

It’s true…I did this for my children when they were in public school.

Just because you have been doing something a certain way for so long does not mean that you must continue to do it. And just so you don’t feel like the odd man out…

I’m not celebrating Halloween either!


  1. elisabeth says

    I have always felt the same way. And we never we out like that, only to church festivals. I have to admit though, that I caved last year and took them trick-o-treating. My kids have decided that it is wrong all on their own now and informed me that we shouldn’t have gone trick-or-treating because it “makes Jesus sad”. Pretty good insight for 3, 5, & 6 year olds! Needless to say we are back to doing fall festivals at churches this year! I just got educated by my own kids!


  2. says

    thank you, you are right. I do often feel like my kids are missing out of something that in my heart of hearts i know is wrong. i hate that we have to close the blinds and turn off all the lights and act like we are not home.


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    In our community, if the porch light is off that is a sign that the family living their doesn’t participate in Halloween.

    There are years that we leave it on and answer the door. We just explain that we don’t celebrate Halloween and also invite the families to visit our church.

    It makes people feel weird but…oh well!


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