As a mum you can often find yourself pulled many ways and that is why I think it's so important to stay true to who YOU want to be. Even when it can seem like everyone else is doing something else and is happy to follow along, you have to stick true to what you think is best to for you and your family. Halloween, for me is one of those times. As a Christian family "celebrating" Halloween just didn't seem right, but I also didn't believe in putting my daughter through any kind of extreme that wasn't her choice and pretending it wasn't happening around us. We chose a balance that was right for us. We would host or attend a Light Party (celebrating good in the world), have pumpkins (as they bring light into the world), enjoy fancy dress (just nothing evil) and trick or treating when she is old enough to ask to go (we will take little gift to give out too). However as my daughter is only 18 months old, I wanted to understand how an older Christian child might see the event of Halloween and below are her wise words:
"Halloween is a fun holiday when people dress up in Halloween costumes and get candy. Sometimes people use Halloween to celebrate very dark things like skeletons, demons, and magic, but as Christians Jesus said to be a light to the world.
On Halloween we can be a light to the world by making it lighter and more fun. We do this by making it about friendship and community. I think that handing out candy is a symbol of friendship like the presents we get on Christmas or birthdays. Some houses even hand out gospel tracts with candy to spread the good news of Jesus. The gospel of Jesus is sharing that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day so that we can go to Heaven. Halloween is a good opportunity to spread this good news and enjoy candy with our friends."
- Lorelai, age 9 from Winchester, Virginia, USA
However, you are spending Halloween make sure it is right for you, your family and your faith. God Bless.