Other than the movie Hocus Pocus, I hate Halloween. I mean when I say hate, I truly dislike every. single. thing. about it. I grew up celebrating Halloween. And I have no bad memories whatsoever. I actually have really good memories like getting ready with my sisters, picking out costumes etc. And those things do make me a little sad that I feel so strongly against Halloween now. I wish I could celebrate with out guilt or conviction!
But here it goes….why we don’t celebrate Halloween…
1. I teach my kids ALL year long not to talk to strangers or take anything from them – But then on one random night I am supposed to allow my kids to knock on a strangers door and ask them for candy?! Weird and totally contradicting to my parenting norms. I would never allow them to knock on a strangers door on any other day of the year. You better believe that Halloween is no different in our house.
2. Just because everyone else does something, doesn’t mean we should. This is similar to #1, but I teach my kids not to follow the crowd. I want my children to know that it is OK to stand out when they make different choices. And to feel comfortable when they don’t follow the crowd. I want them to question things (respectfully) and use their own minds to research their decisions. Don’t blindly follow anything. Holidays are totally included in that.
3. It goes against our beliefs – We are strong in our faith and Halloween is opposite of everything we stand for. The WORLD celebrates Halloween. It brings out the most evil, scary, and disgusting costumes, traditions and activities. You look around and you see the dead, tombstones, skeletons, zombies, ghosts, witches, etc. All these things are evil. None of them are good.
Now you may say, oh stop being so serious…”Its just for fun”. Which brings me to my next reason…
4. Its just for fun… – This is the most typical response I get from people when they find out we don’t celebrate Halloween. “Oh, stop being so serious, it’s just for fun.” Is this a statement we really want to teach our children? That “just for fun” is a justification for the choices we make? What about when they get older and they use that on us for things we do not allow in our household. You can use your imagination. “Just for fun” is not a an acceptable answer when telling kids why you do something. When we start blurring the lines of what is acceptable or not when they are young, it makes it VERY hard for us to teach our teens as they get older.
Those are just a few reasons why we don’t celebrate. And there are many more. But I will leave it at that. We hear a lot of grief from pretty much everyone. But slowly, friends and family are finally respecting our decisions to not celebrate Halloween.
Because we don’t celebrate, doesn’t mean we judge our friends that do choose to celebrate Halloween. It’s just not our thing.
And I truly believe we don’t need to agree on everything to be friends AND we need to respect each other’s differences.