I have no idea what to think about Halloween. Especially entering into this new season of life as a parent, my thoughts are all over the map! I grew up as a kid celebrating Halloween, with memories of epic candy swaps t my neighbors house and pillowcases brimming with artificial sweeteners and plastic wrappers. I had my share of costumes- a hippie, a flapper, Esmerelda, even a witch one year- but it all seemed pretty harmless to me.
I have friends, though, who see Halloween very differently. They grew up with a keen realization of the spiritual realms behind the holiday, and so choose not to celebrate it. I have a ton of respect for this, and it’s caused me to do a lot of thinking about how I want to handle Halloween after my daughter is born. I’m still not totally sure how I’m going to handle it (I mean, what will be cuter than dressing up my 10-month old next year?), but I wanted to share some blogs that got me thinking in the past few weeks. These range from spiritual looks at Halloween to alternative treats to serve to your children- and a little fun in between. Make sure you watch the video at the end- I laughed so hard!
Now, please enjoy this photo of me dressed as the solar system for a costume party last week. Get it? 🙂
Amber at Whole New Momma shares 10 Kid-Approved Alternatives To Candy, including some recipes and great companies! I’m especially partial to the homemade peanut butter cups and the YumEarth Organic fruit snacks.
Angie from Leaving a Legacy shares her story of struggling with how to celebrate Halloween with her children, and the ultimate decision to live by grace and leave a legacy of prayer and the pursuit of holiness. She also shares her thoughts on redeeming Halloween in her post about The Pumpkin Gospel.
Gabby at MamaGab shares her perspective on witchcraft, costumes, a Christian approach to Halloween, and avoiding a ‘holier than thou’ attitude in her post, My Friend, The Witch.
Barry at Stacy Makes Cents shares a quick and to the point 5 Minutes on Halloween highlighting the basic reasons that he and his family choose to forgo the holiday.
Lindsey at The Road to 31 offers a look at 4 Thing Halloween Teaches Children, including alternative celebrations and scripture to support her assertions.
Brenda of Mom Prepares offers some practical tips for families who don’t celebrate Halloween in her post, Turn Off The Porch Light.
Jamie of The Unlikely Homeschool chronicles her family’s journey from celebrating, to avoiding, to redeeming Halloween in their home in this post.
Perhaps my favorite post, I completely adore this All Hallow’s Eve celebration shared by Jessica at Shower of Roses! The children dressed up as saints, gave little presentations about their saints, prayed together, and played harvest games. It’s adorable, it’s educational, and it looks like there was a lot of food and fun, too!
And now, a humorous look into my children’s future…