Can I just say something real quick...I know some of you will probably gasp and maybe some of you will never return again...but I've had enough!
All I've seen today on facebook and bloggy land is talk about halloween and fall festival..or trunk or treat (good golly, if only you could have seen my eyes roll with that last one!)
So, here's my deal...
If you choose to let your kids participate in halloween or not, it's no skin off my nose.
But, it's all these silly festivals that drive me UP the WALL!!!!!
Seriously, why is it any different to let your kid dress up as a princess, pirate, or cat and parade around the church parking lot playing games and collecting candy?
Is it somehow ok if it's done on church property? I don't know....and I'm trying really hard Not to judge it...something just doesn't sit right with me about the whole deal.
Either do it or not, but what a confusing message if you finagle it justified by throwing in some Christian-ease.
I know that we are called not to be of this world, but where does the hiding our light under a bushel come in?
Why not instead, be the coolest house on the block? Pass out Big Candy Bars...or glow sticks...be the Light that the neighborhood kids LOVE every day of the year, not just on Oct. 31.
Like I said, I don't know. We have never participated in trunk or treat...and maybe some are great outreach opportunities. Jim grew up without trick or treating and I grew up with it...so we do a mix....hit a few family/friends' houses and then grab pizza. It really isn't a huge deal in our house. We have boundaries, no dark costumes, no blood or guts or zombies here....but they can have fun and be imaginative (they're on a regular basis wearing costumes from years ago in their everyday play).
Whatever you do, stick to your convictions...don't wishwash it into acceptance.
whew....sigh....big breath in...and now I feel better ;)