In the Christian blogging world, Halloween is one of those taboo topics. You either celebrate it, or you spend your life telling people why you don’t.
I am one that celebrates it. I have since I was a very little girl. My Dad loved Halloween. We would carve pumpkins, and we always had the most creative costumes, no matter how much money we had. (Or didn’t have!) We didn’t celebrate the Devil or participate in any form of devil worship. We carved pumpkins, went house to house to get as much candy as we possibly could, and then spent the next 3 months trying to devour said candy.
When I became a parent, celebrating Halloween was a no-brainer. I loved it so much as a kid that I wanted to pass that love onto my kids. For years, we had “themed” costumes, and would go trick or treating in our favorite little neighborhood.
And then we moved to the mountains.
Houses are really far apart down here, so going door to door is impossible. So, no one does it. Each town has a “trick or treat” on the Square. We did that one year, and each kid got 3 pieces of candy. And it wasn’t even good candy. (It’s hard to charge a “candy tax” when they don’t get anything to begin with. And that sentence right there proves why I am not a politician.)
So, we stopped celebrating. It made no sense to decorate the house with pumpkins and gourds when no one was going to see them. We still carved pumpkins, but even that lost it’s luster. This year, no costumes were purchased, no pumpkins carved, and today is just like any other day. And I hate it. I want to give my kids the full Halloween trick-or-treat experience, but it’s just not possible in the area we live in. Sure, I could go purchase a ton of Halloween candy at 50% off, but that’s just no fun.
I wish I could afford to drive back up North for Halloween every year. Maybe if we get the right president in office and he brings gas prices back down……
So, since we’re not celebrating this year, let me leave you with a few of my favorite pictures from Halloweens past.