So I read this post by Elizabeth Esther about Halloween. I also got word that my niece and her husband have decided NOT to celebrate Halloween or teach their kids to believe in Santa. I totally respect that. But we've made other decisions in our family.
We "do" Halloween. I grew up with it, even as a pentecostal preacher's kid. We had Halloween parties at church where we bobbed for apples, ate candy and dressed up (whatever was cheapest to put together). As a young adult I went to a church that decided to ignore it. I went along with that for a season. Then I got married, we had kids, and we decided we wanted candy and loved seeing our neighbors (sometimes meeting them for the first time) come around. Then we started going to a church that puts on a Fall Festival and also was the first place I learned about All Saint's Day and what Halloween was in relation to that. We do teach our children that there is a real Satan and there is real evil out there. But on Halloween we choose candy with our friends and neighbors.
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