To Trick or Not to Treat…That is the Question
It’s Halloween time!
I was reminded of it early this month when my neighbors started putting up fake spiders and cobwebs on their porches. One of my neighbors even decorated their home to the extent that one would decorate for Christmas. She’s really in the Halloween spirit.
One of my earliest memories of trick-or-treating was when I was about 8 or 9 years old. It was Halloween and I didn’t have a costume. Of course, I was distressed about it. Everyone should have a costume for Halloween, right?
My mom, being the creative lady that she is, took an old sheet, threw it over me, cut out some eyes so I could see, and told me I was a ghost.
And guess what?
I was actually happy with my homemade costume.
The practice of going trick-or-treating can be controversial. Some parents don’t allow their children to go trick-or-treating for various religious reasons. Others don’t mind.
Let me share with you what some of my previous churches did for Halloween.
One church had their children dress up like biblical characters. Everyone had to guess who they were. The best costume got a prize.
Another church I attended had members from the church sign up to provide candy for the kids as they visited their home. On Halloween, they loaded up the church vans and drove from house to house, trick-or-treating at the members’ homes. They ended the night with a bonfire at one of the member’s home. It sounded like it was lots of fun.
Our son is 2 years old and he doesn’t know about Halloween. However, I know that one day, this will become a topic of discussion for our family.
What’s your philosophy on children trick-or-treating?
Do you let your child go door to door trick-or-treating?
Do you believe that Halloween goes against your religious convictions?