This year, in the having- two -young- toddlers- right- now stage, we don’t “do” Halloween. It isn’t because I think it’s “bad” or “evil” or “anti-christian” or anything like that. It’s not even that I hate it or anything- I just don’t have a preference. Sort of like Valentines Day, I guess. I think dressing your babies and toddlers up for Halloween is more for the parent than it is the kid, isn’t it? So, because I don’t care about dressing my kids up on Halloween, we’re not.
Lucas is scared of the freaky and disgusting masks and characters at Fred Meyer. I asked him if he wanted to put on a costume when we were at a friends house playing dress up and he said no. I don’t give him candy, either. (Unless we are potty training or he’s sitting for a hair cut or something like that.)
When they are older, if they want to dress up for Halloween, they can. I don’t care. I’m sure in Kindergarten they will dress up with the rest of their class. If they want to have candy on Halloween, fine. I am not worried about those things. Whatever. But they must promise to share it with me, of course.
If one of my children want to be Spiderman or a Banana or any other character, they can, and it doesn’t have to be on Halloween. As far as I’m concerned, you can dress up as anything you want to be any day of the week. Actually, last week Lucas played “dad” and then he played “mom” and then we were in the “museum” and then I was eating “mangos.”
If we were invited to a Halloween party, we would go. My point is, I am not against Halloween and I don’t hate it. I just treat it like another holiday such as Valentines Day or Saint Patricks Day where I don’t really care one way or another and I don’t do anything to celebrate it. If that makes sense.
I really love Fall and pumpkins and all that. So Halloween or not, whatever.
I do have some thoughts about trick or treating and Halloween in general —-
Are we teaching our kids that they shouldn’t knock on random people’s door and they shouldn’t eat food/candy from strangers? Buuuuuut, on Halloween it’s okay?
Is it okay for a child to be a “bad” person/character/idea on Halloween, but not any other day? Like, would you let your child dress up as a scary/mean guy, but only because it’s Halloween? Or, would you let him dress up as a scary/mean guy any other day, too? Does that make sense?
Do you believe Halloween means death? Do you think it’s anti- christian or has anything at all to do with christianity?
I think it means candy. 😉
Why is Halloween the #1 excuse for girls (specifically high school/college age) to dress in shortest, most revealing outfit everrr? Just the other day I wore a mini skirt and a binki top to the mall and I didn’t need to wait for Halloween. So there.
What does your family do?