Yeah, yeah, yeah. I can hear the objections now. (They're all over the internet!) "But, it's really all just for fun!" "It doesn't mean anything to my kids; they aren't influenced by the dark side of Halloween; they're only in it for the candy, anyway!" "Halloween's actually a healthy psychological outlet for dealing with fears." "Everybody does it! Why should I deprive my child of all the fun?" Etc., etc., etc... Well, not that it matters, but -- here are my thoughts on all of that...
a high wiccan feast day. I venture to guess that 99.9% of parents don't dress up their children and send them out on Halloween to celebrate Samhain. But there's a very dangerous .1% that is out stirring up the devil on the same night thousands of people -- most of them children -- are dressing up like ghosts and ghouls, ax murders, and little pink princesses. And this .1% is very interested in recruiting our children. Let's make that .1% of the American population and all the legions of devils that lie in wait for our children's souls, as well. An unsavory thing to say. A terrible thing to think about. But true. Did you know that, according to some reports, wicca is the fastest growing "religion" in America? An online witch school recently declared a shortage of teachers as a result of this. The culture of our times seems to be a very fertile ground for the occult. Is it worth the risk to associate with this in any way at all?
It's very scary. Which brings up the theory that Halloween is a safe place for kids to "work out their fears." How's that for an excuse to keep on Trick-or-Treating? Ahem. I don't know about you all, but over here at our house we don't work out fear by throwing our children in its path. And, I'm sorry; I hate to burst the bubble of the highly-educated psychologists who come up with these ideas, but Mom buying a W-mart costume or throwing a sheet over a child's head with holes cut out for eyes is hardly addressing fear issues. Seriously. It's a good way of addressing the fear of not fitting in with the crowd, and wearing a mask erases the fear of being caught going to the same house for candy twice... But, really addressing fear issues means snuggling up next to your little one at bedtime because he's afraid of the dark, teaching him to pray, and explaining to him about his Guardian Angel. Or talking honestly about life and death. And peer pressure. And quack psychologists. At least that's what it is at our house.
|Michelle's All Saints' costume this year:|
Mary, Queen of the Universe.
Few things are more important to their development than the landscape we paint in our young children's minds and souls. We parents hold the paintbrush; we allow -- or don't allow --- others to add to the atmosphere of their hearts. If we have a choice -- and most of us do -- why would we want to allow dark things to be added to those beautiful blank canvases?
Celebrating All Saints' Day instead of Halloween is one way our family gladlhy parts ways with the world. Please don't be mistake us, though. It's not a 'fighting point' for us. We don't condemn those who haven't gottten to this place in the path and discerned the same direction as we have. And, to tell you the truth, the subject of Trick or Treating rarely even comes up at our house because we're too busy this time of year getting our saints' costumes together and our parties organized to give it much thought. But, if any Trick-or-Treaters happen to make the long trek down our driveway, we always have candy available. (They'd get a big ole' handful, because we'd be so shocked that they'd go so far out of their way...)
To close, though (if anyone has made it this far) -- though the whole topic really isn't a big deal in our family, but, the subject does tend to come up in the blogging world quite a bit, and that's why I've decided once again to tackle it. I think it's good not to just declare our "stripes," but to explain them. And I think I might just have blabbed enough this time to have covered 'most everything. (Ya think?)
In a nutshell: Nope. Don't do Halloween. Never did. Never will. We won't give you a hard time if you do the Halloween thing... But, do we think it'd be better if everyone celebrated All Saints' Day instead of Halloween?
You bet your sweet bippy we do.