I said it.
Many people feel you can not be a Christian and ‘celebrate’ Halloween or that I can’t possibly be *that* natural if I let my kids trick or treat.
Well… let’s talk about those things.
The health aspect of Halloween…
Is candy good for you? Of course not!
Neither is the coffee I drink or the occasional sweet treat. Even if my coffee and sweet treats are organic (which they are…), it’s still bad for me.
So, here’s how we deal with Halloween… We dress up. We go trick or treating. We eat lots of candy on that night. The next day, what wasn’t eaten goes in the trash.
I’ve thought about giving it away, but really I don’t want to. I don’t want to give all that to someone else knowing it’s bad for them.
Sometimes we save a little of it for my daughter’s birthday, which is a couple weeks into November.
Alright… why do we do it that way?
We do it that way because research has shown that it is better on your body to eat lots of sugar all at once versus eating a piece or two every day. It’s easier for your body to handle.
Why don’t we just say no to it all since we know about all those disgusting ingredients in the candy?
The simple answer? Because it’s okay to splurge once in a while. Because we don’t want to cause our kids to want to rebel when they are older because they never got sweets as kids. Because it’s fun.
Yes, we are natural. We are health conscious. We try our best to eat healthy. That doesn’t mean we never have things that are bad for us. We are human. We want sweet treats. The rest of the year, our sweet treats are either homemade or made by an organic company. On this one day, we allow our kids to go a bit crazy. And they love it.
So, when you see my kids eating junk on Halloween, please don’t judge us. We are good most of the year, but on Halloween, we let loose!
The Anti-Christian aspect of Halloween…
For all of you out there that believe it is not okay to celebrate Halloween due to religious beliefs… I guess we have to agree to disagree.
Here is an article that explains the historical beginnings to Halloween that you may enjoy.
All I can say is this… We celebrate Halloween because it’s fun. It’s fun to dress up. We own a dress up box for the kids and they dress up all year round… is that wrong?
My kids do not dress up in super scary costumes in an effort to ward off evil spirits.
We decorate pumpkins because it’s a fun thing to do, not to scare away Stingy Jack or any other evil spirit.
Anything you do only has the meaning that you attach to it. There are plenty of Christians that put up a tree every year and decorate it. I’m sure you aren’t putting it up because you think it will keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness or because you are celebrating the sun god. Right!? No… you are putting it up because it’s pretty and a fun tradition. It has no ill meaning in your heart.
The same goes for Halloween. Halloween has no evil meaning in my heart.
If it makes you feel uneasy to celebrate it, then don’t. Follow your heart. I only ask you don’t make assumptions regarding the hearts of those who do decide to acknowledge Halloween by letting our kids dress up and eat some candy!