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Halloween Hater

I know Halloween gets a bad rap, especially by Born-again Christians like me… But, I don’t offer any excuses for it, and, don’t plan on changing my opinion. Just call me the “Halloween Hater”, I do not mind.

I consider Halloween an unnecessary time of celebration…. What is there to celebrate? Devils, demons, witches, and sorcerers. It is a time to plant fear, to pretend you are someone that you are not. Bugs, and bats, cats and spiders, ghosts and goblins…. Teaching kids to threaten and to beg food from strangers; to demand what they want and subconsciously prepare them to retaliate when they don’t get it……. That sure is to the glory of God.

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GemOfAGirl wrote on September 23, 2014, 1:19 AM

Not to be argumentative or anything, but I went trick-or-treating every year as a child, and I was never, ever taught to threaten anyone that didn't give me candy, nor was there ever a single thought about retaliation if I didn't get it. I don't think anyone I ever met was ever taught such a thing.

BarbRad wrote on September 23, 2014, 3:12 AM

It's a difficult matter. I grew up in a church that had Halloween parties instead of harvest festivals. Back in the 1940's and 1950's, it was pretty innocent fun and no one really believed there were real witches or ghosts. Even in churches, demons weren't considered part of today's world. I only became aware of an increase in occult activities when I had my own children who came to me already taught to expect to go trick or treating. By that time I didn't like the idea much, for many reasons. But I didn't want to try to change everything in their world at once. I did insist they wear "innocent" costumes that did not represent occult elements. There was also adult supervision. Most of the neighborhood children who came to my door were also accompanied by adults and most also thanked us for the treats or were reminded to by their parents. I told my kids that when they got to high school age, they would be too old. It's really hard to discourage your kids from joining what appears to them to be good clean fun if your church doesn't offer an alternative or even see why you would want one.

Now that people are confronted more with evil forces, churches are beginning to wake up and celebrate All Saints Day or Reformation Day instead.

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 23, 2014, 10:02 PM

I think any trick-or-treating (or any other childhood activity that takes your kid out into the world) has to be done with proper parental guidance. My mom took me out until I was seven years old, and then she had my eight-years-older-than-me sister take me out. The rules were simple: stay in the neighborhood (because back then, we knew all our neighbors and they knew us), and no eating of any candy until Mom checked it out for safety (and I think she she sneaked a few peanut butter cups from my bag when I wasn't looking, but that's besides, the point, emoticon :winking: ) The only exception to this was a local farmer who lived next to our subdivision. We knew the family well (he always gave me pomegranates that he grew when they were in season whenever I crossed his land on my way home from school), and they handed out homemade popcorn balls every year to the kids they knew (all the other kids got store-bought candy). If we got there early enough, the farmer's wife always invited us into her house so that we could help her finish making the popcorn balls, and she'd let us have first pick of them. I stopped trick-or-treating when I was no longer in elementary school.

paigea wrote on October 5, 2014, 8:37 PM

To me it's a giant dress up party. All the kids I see, say thank you and have cute costumes which it give me pleasure to see. The hooligans who are out, are always there, they don't need Halloween to wreak havoc.