As far as the holiday goes, I can see no good in it. Dressing up as creepy as possible doesn’t sound like a very good way to encourage others. Decorating with tombstones and skeletons doesn’t help us point to the giver of life! Knocking on doors and begging for candy doesn’t seem like a character trait I want to instill in my children.
Yet, when you live in a neighborhood the holiday slaps you in the face, and rings your door bell. What to do?
During our neighborhood years we handled the holiday three different ways.
For several years we purposed to be the one cheery house on the block. We opened our garage door and set up a table with hot apple cider. As families came we offered the adults a cup of cider and our children handed out candy bars (the good kind) to the children.
Other years our church hosted a harvest party, so we attended that. Certainly, this made an easy out from deciding how to handle the holiday.
The third way we handled the holiday was to invite a family over for a game night. We still answered the door and gave candy out, but we made our own fun indoors. While answering the door we always purposed to be very friendly, even to the scary looking or teenage trick or treaters.
One thing we did not do, and I am not saying it is wrong, is hide and pretend we weren’t home. We thought if we were home, we wanted to shine as bright as we could on a very dark holiday.
If you have any suggestions for handling Halloween, please share, every parent has to figure this one out. Sharing of ideas a great way to encourage one another and build each other up.