It’s the end of October and discussion on whether to celebrate Halloween or not is swirling. This was originally posted here at The Pelsers in October 2012. The topic is a bit controversial. I’d love to hear your comments and how you handle this in your family, but please remember to keep the discussion polite. Please keep in mind that these are our reasons shared to promote thoughtful discussion and we don’t judge your family if you choose to celebrate Halloween.
We don’t celebrate Halloween.
There I said it.
It’s never really been much of an issue for our family until this year. Sure, we’ve been asked in the past what the boys are dressing up as and we’ve just glossed over the question. This year, Jonathan asked why we don’t celebrate Halloween.
Why We Don’t Celebrate Halloween
- The roots of the holiday are purely pagan. There’s not much, if anything, there that we feel can be salvaged.
- Half the candy that we would get from trick or treating would be thrown away because no one in our home would eat it. I’d rather take my boys to the store to get a treat that they really like.
- We have a goal to be debt-free. Spending our money on costumes and candy for a holiday that we don’t want to support doesn’t line up with our financial goals.
It’s pretty much as simple as that for us. As soon as we explained that to Jonathan, he understood and the subject hasn’t come up again this year. I’m sure we’ll continue to discuss it each year in more and more detail. The bottom line for us is that we can’t find anything in the holiday that honors God so we just don’t participate.
So we’re that family with the porch light off. Don’t bother ringing the door bell or knocking. We don’t answer. Some years we go out to dinner to avoid the annoyance. If we’re home, we’re probably camping out at the back of the house watching a movie, reading together, or playing a game as a family. Oh, and there aren’t any pumpkins on our porch either – we’re too busy baking and eating pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin donuts. And don’t forget the pumpkin lattes and steamers. Yum!
How do you handle Halloween in your family?