Every time some adult asks my children this question I cringe internally.
If you read my body language, you’d see my mouth pull tightly at the corners and my eyes narrow. I’m usually not happy about the assumption.
My kids? They never know what to say. They usually don’t answer strangers anyways.
So, I usually answer for them after an awkward pause.
“We don’t celebrate Halloween,” I say.
I usually get an “Oh” and most people don’t know what to say after that.
I celebrated Halloween when I was a kid. We dressed up and I remember it but it was never really a fun memory. It was just something we did.
My husband grew up adamantly opposed to it. His family rented movies and turned out all the lights at night so trick-or-treaters would pass them by. “It’s a pagan holiday,” he says.
So when we got married I kind of wanted to do it. But as the years passed, I’m glad I didn’t fight this battle.
To me, it’s a meaningless “holiday”. It celebrates nothing. People dress up, look silly, and go asking for treats from strangers. It just seems strange to me.
Also, it is way too commercialized for me (if you haven’t guessed, I hate following crowds). Apparently, Halloween is BIG business, ranking behind Christmas in holiday sales.
I’m wondering what this says about our society. Are we so desperate for an escape we dress up on one night and go to a party because everyone else does?
Me–I’ll take a good novel any day over this.
My kids know what it is. They have to; the society they mingle with Trick-or-Treats every year. We read Halloween books (there are some cute ones out there). My middle child loves black cats so we read a lot of cat books this time of year.
We go to a pumpkin patch every year and paint pumpkins. But that’s all we do.
They don’t seem to care we don’t do what everyone else seems to be doing. They have never asked to go trick-or-treating. They do ask to get the princess dresses on November 1st half-off though! (I have trained them well!).
I’m not opposed to others who choose to celebrate it. I’m indifferent either way. The rest of my family (on both sides) celebrates Halloween. We just choose not to.
I’m wondering what you all think about Halloween and any religious implications. Any opinions either way?