October 31, 2013

Why I Don't Celebrate Halloween

I debated writing this post because I know that most of you celebrate Halloween and you might not like   reading anything negative about it. I might even loose a follower or two over this, I'm sure. I understand that people don't like to read/hear that traditions they've been practicing for years are wrong. I get that, but I felt I should write this post because it's important to me for you to know why I don't celebrate it. I want to clarify that this post in NO WAY is meant to make you feel bad about celebrating Halloween or to say that I am better than you because I don't celebrate it. NOT TRUE! I can probably write a FULL blog post on my imperfect ways. (please don't ask me to write it though)

I grew up not celebrating Halloween. Around this time of year I would often feel left out when kids would come bragging about the amount of candy they got and how awesome their costumes were. I never really understood why I didn't celebrate it, I just knew it was bad. I mean it's kinda obvious that death, skulls and scary things have nothing to do with Christ. Darkness + Light just don't go together. That I understood. I just never knew how to explain when asked why? 

I found THIS article on KLOVE a couple years ago and it helped me understand it better. I won't bore you with details on the history of Halloween which I'm sure you already have an idea of where it comes from. If not then you can find the history here.  There is nothing "nice" about Halloween. Remember when I shared this post on why I don't watch scary movies? It's basically the same thing. Why celebrate fear, death and darkness? It just doesn't make sense to me. 

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. 
- Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)

When you find out the history of Halloween and how it began it's easy to see that this "Holiday" is nothing short of evil and although many aspects of it have been made "kid friendly" it doesn't change the fact of what Halloween is TRULY about.  

So I don't celebrate Halloween not only because of it's roots and where it comes from but mainly because deep down in my heart I know Halloween in no way helps me in my personal spiritual walk with Christ. I choose to continue with what my parents instilled in me and I will not let my kids celebrate it. I don't want them to just "fit it" and do what everyone else is doing. I know what Halloween is about and I will not have my kids participate and celebrate something that has evil roots especially something where Christ is completely absent.  

Again this post is not intended to make anyone feel bad. It's purely to answer the "Why don't you celebrate Halloween?" question I get often around this time of year. 

If you are still following me after this post... you are awesome! ;) 
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12 comments:

  1. Cindy, it was actually very brave of you to share your belief with others. I celebrate Halloween but would not bash your beliefs. Kudos to you for standing up to what you believe in!

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  2. Cindy,

    I'm so glad you shared this post. My family does not celebrate Halloween either. My son had a hard time understanding why when he first started school. "But Mom all the other kids get candy!!" As he has gotten older he understands more of the "why". My kids don't watch scary shows with witches, vampires and the like in them. If a commercial comes on that is not good they know to turn the channel...That is happening a lot this month. I had been debating on doing a post similar to yours but could not get the courage up to do so. Now I think I will do a little one and, if you don't mind, I would like to link to yours as well.

    Thanks again for sharing this!!

    Melissa

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  3. I am a Christian who celebrates Halloween, and I'm still following! Kudos for being brave and laying it out there. Everyone has to find out what works for them! xo

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  4. I think you're awesome whether you celebrate Halloween or not, Cindy! I'm still following :) xo

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  5. I am also a Christian who celebrates Halloween, and I'll keep right along following! I support people taking a stand and shining the light for their kids. For me and my kids this will be a day to celebrate imagination and creativity - the theatre girl in me just loves an excuse to dress up... hopefully I can successfully teach my children the truth of our Savior and as they build a relationship with him they will be able to separate the light and darkness - and who knows... they may grow up and decide not to celebrate Halloween.

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  6. We don't celebrate Halloween for the very same reasons and I often feel like a horrible mom around this time of year (especially when my kids keep asking about it), but my husband and I stick to our guns because we believe it is right! We are no longer ignorant about the truth of Halloween, so we have no excuse to continue walking like we are. Stay strong!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I have been struggling with the whole Halloween thing. Hailey hears about it at school and gets very excited. For the past couple years we just do a cute costume and go to a couple houses.

    This year I am just not liking it at all. Again, Hailey is excited and I would hate to take it away but next year we probably will. The greed and money involved alone is wrong. So I totally agree with your post and appreciate you writing about it. Not celebrating Halloween will not scar our kids for life. We can make plenty of memories going to the apple orchard and other fun fall stuff.

    Thanks Cindy!

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  8. I love the Lord with all my heart and we trick or treat! :)

    We have freedom through Christ, and I'm so glad we all are able to make decisions based on our own personal convictions!

    Still following you too ;-)

    www.iheartmygluegun.com

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  9. My husband and I are Christians and we have a 7 month old little boy. I did think about whether we should make this a tradition in our house to trick or treat...and we decided that we will. Children don't understand the history behind the holiday, they just think it's fun to dress up and get candy. It's what being a child is about, to live in a majestic world & the parents can shelter them from a reality that was MANY years ago. So we will celebrate Halloween -- but definitely respect your decision not to.

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  10. PROPS to you for posting. Shoot, it's your blog - post whatever the crap you want (thats my opinion!)

    SO - how do you tell your kids? I'm sure school gets all dressed up and decorated for Halloween, do you talk with them about how to talk to the other kids? Just wondering :)

    Your an awesome mom & I love this perspective!

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  11. This is something I have gone back and forth on for years. Growing up...my mom was very against it. We would always participate in whatever our church was doing and that was pretty much it. I struggled with what we would do when my daughter was born and the first Halloween rolled around. We decided to let her dress-up. We go to a few local events open to the public like the trick or treat at the mall. That's the trend we started and continued with all three. Mostly we celebrate fall with trips to the apple orchard, corn maze, and such... I know how much evil is associated with Halloween, so we try to keep it cute and shield them from the rest. Right or wrong...that is just what we've done. I still struggle though. As we were going into the mall this year, there was a haunted house set up in in the parking lot. It looked dreadful. I have never been able to handle scary things very well. I tried to ignore it and just hope the kids wouldn't even notice. My oldest did...which brought up the topic that not all parts of Halloween are good. It made me wonder if we even should do anything for Halloween from this point going forward. I guess I have a whole year to think about it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  12. Thanks for sharing this, Cindy! I'm definitely still following! :) We go trick-or-treating. I have a firm rule about what kinds of costumes my kids wear, however! Nothing gory or scarey is allowed and we keep it simple. I don't even allow superheroes in our house! Hugs! Your post is a brave one and I admire you for it! :)

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