We don’t celebrate Halloween. I figure I’d better start there so we can avoid any questions about where we stand. Even though Stacy didn’t celebrate Halloween growing up, when I was a kid, Halloween was a big event. Get dressed up, run all over a neighborhood (or few), stock up on all the candy humanly possible and gorge myself for as long as the candy would last – yes, please. Despite getting dressed up as a vampire at one point and who knows what all else, I never associated Halloween with anything other than a fun night to get free candy. It was innocent – honestly. I don’t have a problem if you celebrate Halloween like this. If dressing up and eating massive quantities of candy is your thing – GO FOR IT. We just don’t do Halloween in our family. Here’s why.
There is a lot of evil in this world and for many, Halloween is a big celebration of it. There are plenty of scary things in our world without my adding to them by celebrating monsters, zombies, clowns, or any other terrifying thing usually reserved for nightmares. We don’t watch horror movies, we don’t do haunted houses/mazes/etc. and we generally don’t try to put scary stuff in our minds. Same goes for our kids. We don’t want our kids to be scared and we surely don’t want to celebrate that. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Let’s talk candy. I know we are depriving ourselves and our children of thousands of high fructose corn syrup-laden calories by keeping them from the glut of candy available on that one magical night. We’ve already talked about how we’re mean parents. We don’t do much sugar at the Myers house. We used to be all about it. Now we’re more into butter and bacon (together or separately), recognizing consuming large quantities of sugar in its various forms (along with white flour and the like) is probably a bad plan considering the rate of diabetes in our families is pretty high. We just don’t have that stuff in our house – why would we want to make a huge exception?
Let me just shoot straight about dressing up. Annie LOVES to dress up and does so on an almost-daily basis. She has everything from princess dresses to pirate gear. Why do we need to take a single special occasion to dress up? If she wants to dress up every day, I’m cool with that. Why does Halloween get to be special because of that? We want our kids to be creative and role-play every day. The other kids can have their one day of fun a year; our kids get that type of fun ALL YEAR.
Want to know more? We spent 5 minutes talking about it and if you wanna see what else we have to say on Halloween, check it out below.
Your turn. Halloween in your house? Yes/no and why.