So, Halloween has come and gone and I am in shock that October is over! I mean is it really November 1st? Where is my favorite season running off to? And why do the holidays seem to come so quickly? I love Christmas, but I can definitely use a little more time before the stress of the holidays really sets in…
(Gabbi’s dad, his girlfriend and her sister all came over after school so all the girls could get ready together! The girls had so much fun getting their make up done at the same time!)
But, back to yesterday. Halloween ended up being a lot of fun for us this year, and I think a lot of it came from us (Matt and I), sitting down and really thinking about where we stand on this whole Halloween thing. I have not always put much thought into the Christian debate of whether or not to celebrate, decorate, trick or treat, wear costumes etc. Honestly, to think about it really overwhelmed me because I was having a lot of internal conflict over the fun I experienced as a child and the values I want to instill in my children. I was also having a hard time trying to understand what it was that the Lord was really wanting us to do. For a Christian family with young children, Halloween can really be kind of tricky (ok, I know, that was bad….I was never very good at puns…).
So, after some conversation, prayer, and reading up on what other parents were doing, we came up with a plan for how our family would participate this year, with a few rules:
1. When it comes to costumes, we need to be choosing things that are appropriate for each child’s age, as well as something that doesn’t represent something evil, scary etc. I had a hard time at first with this one, because I LOVED dressing up as a kid, and we have had our years of fun and scary costumes (I am sure some of you have seen the vampire family picture my mom so graciously reposted this year!)…but then I came upon Philippians 4:8 that says “…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.” Well, when it comes to Halloween, I think that we can all agree that there is nothing admirable about being an ax murderer….so we will stick with fun and wholesome costumes. I think all my kids looked pretty cute in their costumes!
The days of Autumn sitting still for pictures are over…she looked so cute as a dinosaur, but I could barely get a picture of her at all!!
2. The same thing applies when it comes to decorations. I wanted our house to look inviting to other trick or treaters, but I also wanted to make sure that it also expressed our values. I love Halloween decorations as much as the next person and have had my years of creating a haunted house, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t setting an example for my kids that it is okay for us to set aside our beliefs for even one day, just to celebrate some worldly tradition. We can look to scripture to solidify this for us as well with Romans 12:2 which states, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” My husband took this into consideration when carving his pumpkin this year, and it was a huge hit! So many of our neighbors complimented us on it when they came up our walkway later in the evening! Here are some pictures from pumpkin carving!! Gabbi used her creativity to draw her own design as well.
The finished products (we should have had three, but we ran out of steam…Confession: I really don’t like carving pumpkins)
3. The last thing we talked about was wanting to use Halloween as a time to get to know some of our neighbors. This means that we will go trick or treating in our neighborhood, with the kids and families that our kids like to spend time with. It also means that after trick or treating we will stay home to pass out candy to the kids and take our time talking with those people who come to our house. This year, we were invited to go trick or treating with Gabbi’s friends from soccer and I was so glad they invited us! Gabbi had so much fun running from house to house with her friends, and they got a lot of candy! We also enjoyed getting to hang out with some people that Matt and I don’t often get a chance to spend time with.
The kids all looked so cute! Gabbi took Autumn up to like two houses, but then she got left behind because she walks too slow…maybe next year she can keep up!
After talking about how we were going to approach Halloween with Gabbi this year, she asked me if we could pass out scripture with the candy. I was SO proud of her for coming up with this idea, but I didn’t have enough time to get them printed out before it was time to start passing out the candy. We came up with the idea of making a sign for the door instead for the kids to see before they knocked. As usual, with Gabbi, one sign turned into four but it turned out great, and the best part (besides Gabbi being so proud of it herself) was hearing kids read it audibly out loud!!
We headed home a little early so that Gabbi could have time to pass out the candy, and I can’t tell which part she liked better. She was so cute, complimenting each kid on their costume, handing out candy, telling kids to be safe and to have a good night. We planned on sitting outside for only 30 minutes, but we ended up staying out until all of the candy was gone. We got a lot of kids (I mean a lot, this neighborhood is huge!) and it was an awesome opportunity for Gabbi to share her faith with some of her friends and have a lot of fun at the same time. One of her little friends even asked us today if she could come to church with us sometime!
I think she is just the cutest little cat!
I am so pleased with how yesterday went. We had such a great time participating in Halloween in our own way. One of the greatest joys in parenting for me is creating little traditions with my girls. In the past few years, Halloween has always been somewhat of a stressful topic for me, but now I look forward to creating many more Halloween memories with them in the future!
“choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15