I’m a big fan of Halloween.
Before I was a Christian, this really wasn’t a big deal for many people. I was one of “those” people who decorated their house for Halloween. Even when we lived in an apartment, I was always the one that not only decorated my apartment and the door, but also the entire breezeway. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s just don’t-take-yourself-serious kind of fun to me (and don’t-take-yourself-serious pretty much sums me up).
Once I became a Christian, in some circles, I kind of felt like I had to go underground. It’s not like anyone overtly said anything to me but I just felt funny saying anything about my love of Halloween. But still I loved it, just more to myself.
So I’m just going to share my philosophy on Halloween. I’m not asking anyone else to “convert” to my way of thinking, I’m just trying to explain myself to everyone who wants to know.
I really like Halloween. I like giving out candy to cute kids (and even not-so-cute teenagers). I like decorating my house with cute “monsters”, jack-o-lanterns, and the like. I like watching spooky movies, especially the older classics. Tonight I plan on watching the original Frankenstein like we did every Halloween growing up. And no, I don’t take it all seriously. I don’t get into anything “dark”.
I miss the times when we would just put on some old clothes of my dad’s and put dirt on our face and trick-or-treat as hobos. The whole neighborhood of kids would go in a big group together. We knew all the neighbors and were safe. Our dads would hang back behind us with flashlights and escort us around. It was simple and it was great. Then we would all usually hang out at someone’s house to get sick eating loads of candy and watch Frankenstein or Dracula or the Mummy until late.
There was no concern about it being dark or dangerous. No one looked at you funny for celebrating.
Now I understand that there is a lot of darkness in this world. There are things that people allow their children to put on to trick-or-treat that I’m frankly very uncomfortable with. I’m not saying that is good at all. And if you choose not to celebrate Halloween or ever allow your children to trick-or-treat, I’m not going to condemn you or say something ugly to you about it.
So tonight, I’m going to pass out some candy and watch a movie. Don’t worry, tomorrow my Halloween decorations will come down and I’ll decorate for nice, respectible Thanksgiving.