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 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…