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Thursday, October 28, 2010
When I was a kid, Halloween meant candy, pint- sized ghosts and goblins roaming the streets and a tummy ache (I haven't eaten Boston Baked Beans candy since second grade).

One year it was a rite of passage for me. I attempted to soap my first car window. Yes, I have a shady past--which has now been forgiven, just so you know.

But at the time, on a dare, I took a bar of soap over to a car and with great bravery lifted my hand to begin the work when a face, alive and breathing, turned a very frightening stare my way (Music from the Psycho shower scene playing here). I did what any brave kid on a dare would do--I ran away from there like a bat out of a forgotten warehouse. :-)

I have mixed emotions about the holiday. On the one hand, it's a fun time when kids can dress up like their favorite characters, giggle, and eat lots of candy. On the other hand, it promotes tooth decay. But worst of all, it seems a time where weirdos come out of the woodwork, so we parents/grandparents have to stand guard and keep a watchful eye. To me, that's what makes it truly scary.

I know it's a controversial holiday. Some celebrate it. Some don't. I'm interested in knowing your thoughts about Halloween.

Do you know, I can STILL see that old woman's face in the car window . . . .

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Diann Hunt  
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At 9:32 AM, Blogger Author Sandra D. Bricker said...

From the time that I committed my life to the Lord until just a few years ago, I didn't acknowledge the existence of Halloween. In my new Christian fervor, I did months of research on its origin, and I ejected it from my life (where Halloween had been a coveted annual celebration, by the way). But over the years, like so many other things in the world around us, the orange cones I'd placed around it had faded away. The world around me pushed its way in, and I found myself thinking of it as "just kids having fun" and "a harmless excuse to dress up and eat chocolate."

Want to know the truth? I don't (and won't) speak to anyone else's feelings about Halloween ... but here in my heart, I'm feeling a little ashamed of myself for becoming lukewarm. I'm closing my doors again this year. And there will be no angel halo worn to the office, no bowl of candy out on my desk. Fanatic fruitcake? Maybe. But I'll consider myself a fruitcake for Jesus. :-) I won't rain on anyone else's Halloween parade, but I won't pick up a broomstick and march in it either.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm not good with holidays of any kind, and I actually hated Halloween as a child because I was shy, and an only child, and my mother expected me to go to the homes of complete strangers and ask for candy, and she'd sit in the car and watch.

Besides the opportunity to wreak havoc as a teen by hiding behind tombstones in the cemetery and jumping out to scream and scare passersby, I never really got into Halloween much. When I did pass things out, it was apples to halt tooth decay. Nobody comes to our house and I never leave the light on. I don't even do the church alternative. I just ignore the whole thing and ignore it until it's over.

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I grew up Catholic. Part of the way the Catholics teach about Jesus is to scare the daylights out of you. No kidding. I mean, there's the God side of spirituality and there's the dark side. This is why All Saints Day is the next day. In Mexico, they celebrate the Day of the Dead.

I don't get the whole horror side of things, but did you know that being scare elicits the same feeling as being happy? So I assume that's why people like horror films.

I remember being giddy watching "Rear Window" LOL We always "celebrated" with our neighbors, and the kids have parties this year. I think for us, it was more important to be a part of the community than stick out as the fun-suckers. We did our neighborhood over church too. I know it's different for everyone, but that was our choice based on the fact that we liked being out in the world, not hiding from it on that day. But I respect everyone's decision.

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh Diann, that is hilarious about the car window!!!!

I read an interesting article yesterday in Christianity Today:

"If we give up All Hallows Eve, we lose the delight of God's gift of imagination and we condemn the rest of society to a darker Halloween because our laughter will not be there to make the devil run."

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/october2/29.79.html

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I appreciate these comments! Thanks for the article info, Kristin! I'll check it out!

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I hate Halloween. Always have. Maybe if it wasn't such a dark holiday I'd feel better, but seriously, how can you find joy in something that is decorated with zombies, tombstones, blood, spiderwebs and the like? Some of the houses in my town are downright evil with their decor.

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger Alycia Morales said...

It's funny to me that you touched on this subject today! I just finished writing my blog post for tomorrow, which briefly focuses on the same. Although I don't ban Halloween from my children's lives, we do the alternative and attend the Harvest Party at our local church.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I should mention we didn't participate other than trick-or-treating when my kids were little, and they had to have Bible approved costumes because they celebrated All Saints Day the following day at their school. So they could be any animal on the Ark, a Roman Soldier...

The darker side of me wonder if Rahab would hold up, but that's me. They still have that mindset of no dark costumes though. My sons are helping out with two Harvest festivals, and my oldest went as the White Rabbit because he's the White Rabbit in his homecoming skit. I thought that was practical.

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger jel said...

did it when i was a kid,

and dressed up once for work, along time ago!

but any more I don't do Halloween,
and live so far out in the country we don't have anyone come by!

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

I have never celebrated Halloween, my parents didn't allow it, and I still don't do it. Then it was not by choice, now it is. All you have to do is read any encyclopedia definition of Halloween to find the origins. As a Christian I don't feel I can celebrate a holiday that has its roots in demonic celebrations. I feel that if you choose to do so, that is between you and God. Instead, we get together with a group of Christian friends who have the same belief and share a potluck dinner, or rent a local gym for the evening to play basketball and volleyball. As a side note, I appreciate the honesty of Sandra Bricker, it is refreshing to "hear" someone who is willing to admit when they have done something they don't feel right about.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I soaped a window once, only I wasn't as smart as you, Di. I signed my name.

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger Author Sandra D. Bricker said...

Melissa, thank you for saying that about me in your comment. Believe me, it can go either way when people hear how I feel.

I blogged about it myself earlier today! If you're interested: http://sandradbricker.blogspot.com

 
At 4:51 PM, OpenID tinaannforkner said...

Fun post, Diann. This has been my year to stop being so politically correct about Halloween as a Christian.

A few weeks ago I realized that I was afraid to say we celebrated Halloween in front of certain friends. Not because I was ashamed of the festivities my family enjoys at Halloween, but because I didn't want to be judged. This year, I wanted to be honest.

We celebrated it with gusto this year and I said Halloween when it came up about my family. We don't do gory and evil, but we do pumpkins, ghosties, candy, trick-or-treat, the church fall festival, bobbing for apples, calling Grandma to wish her a bday because she's a Halloween baby, and watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Haunted Mansion, Harry Potter, etc.

We didn't celebrate the devil and my husband and I enjoyed teaching our children how to redeem Halloween because God is the one who made Oct 31, not the devil. This year we wanted the kids to know that Satan loves it when we say its his day. What better way to turn the tables than for Our family to celebrate Fall, including Halloween.

I definitely respect the beliefs of others, but this year I was authentic about what I do with my family on Halloween.

Back when I was quiet and hid what my family does this time of year from others, it was really just a big fat lie, and THAT is a sin. :-)

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Interesting comments. Thank you all for sharing! I appreciate your honesty and respect your opinions.

God bless!

 

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