Religious Perspective On Halloween
Ways To Celebrate Halloween
With the way things are getting and have been getting this day and age a parent or guardian needs to take steps on protecting their children on Halloween.
We all come from different backgrounds and/or cultural beliefs:
I am a Christian so therefore I am not a believer when it comes to celebrating Halloween. But I also believe that a child shouldn't feel left out from all the other children when it comes to celebrating a Holiday.
Being a child myself at one time, I realize how innocent it was to want to dress up and go out and Trick or Treat.
So with my own children I allowed them to dress up and celebrate this night teaching them the true meaning of Halloween, but also allowing them to be able to celebrate it in their own way. That doesn't mean you are compromising that only means to me is that I am being sensitive to my child in letting them at least dress up in a costume and have candy and other goodies for that night. Of course with the understanding that we aren't celebrating the Halloween meaning but making our own meaning instead.
Safety is very important and there are ways to celebrate without taking from the child and also not compromising your faith. When a child is made to stop all together sometimes it only draws them away from the faith in the long run.
Like I said I have never forgotten what it is like to have fun and want to dress up and go out door to door and say 'Trick of Treat', and then get candy in my bag. I never once thought about it being evil, I was a child and through a child's eyes how can that possibly be evil?
Today although I don't believe in Halloween I do believe in safer ways to at least allow the children to have the feeling of dressing up and getting goodies for that one night.
I will share with you how I did it with my own children, always looking out for their best interest. The Lord knows our hearts and He also knows our motivation.
Dressing Up In Costumes Is Fun But Keeping Our Children Safe Is More Important
Things You Can Do To Celebrate Halloween While Keeping It Safe
- When my children were small I never let them go out and trick or treat without supervision. I hope you don't either.
- There are other ways to go about trick or treating and one of them is attending a church function where your child is still allowed to dress up and get candy. Not only that but they have really added a lot more to this night. When I took my children there were a lot of games as well.
With this being said if you're not a believer of God there are a lot of other places to take your child. It doesn't always have to be a church function. In fact I took my children to a few of these places. But I was always with them, they were never without supervision.
1. Nursing homes
2. The Shopping Malls
3. Theme Parks
4. Pumpkin patches
5. Have your own Costume Party
6. Scary movie night with family
7. A dress up sleepover
8. Craft night
9. Halloween Game night (Apple bobbing)
10. There are a lot of options and local attractions to go to, making it fun for the entire family.
Safety Is Important
- If you are out at night make sure that your child is wearing a safety reflector.
- If you are going door to door make sure that it is within a busy neighborhood. Never go to a dark quiet area because it may not be safe.
- Another safety tip is to stay in groups, the more the better, and also the merrier.
- Don't eat the candy until each one is thoroughly checked by a responsible adult.
- Don't keep a mask on while walking and please keep those earphones out of your ears. Be attentive to your surroundings, you don't need to be afraid but you should use common sense and be wise
- Lastly if you are giving out candy to the trick or treaters never do it by yourself and don't let a stranger in no matter how friendly they appear to be. Sadly we just never know and shouldn't be taking these types of risk.
- Halloween (whether you are a believer or not) should always be practiced with care, not taking any risk of your child's well being and safety, even your own. It can be fun when these tips are also applied to that night..
- Have fun and be safe :)
Celebrating This Night Christian Style
Ok you may be asking yourself what on earth is that supposed to mean, (Christian style)? Well being a Christian myself and most likely having children like you. I wanted to create a healthy balance for my kids.
Attending a public school and having parties at their school. I didn’t want my children to feel left out. So in order not to compromise my faith, I allowed my children to dress in biblical characters well attending their school party.
They thought nothing of it, they were just happy to dress up and to be able to go to a party to just have fun with their classmates.
Then in the evening we would take the kids to our church and again they would dress up in biblical characters and they had so much fun. There were so much for them to do. My son was more happy about winning a goldfish then getting any goodies.
What I loved about the evening is that my church allowed the children to dress up even as a Devil because that is a bible character, yet they kept Christ in it and there were a lot of games as well as goodies. My children had fun and they didn’t feel as though they were missing out.
That worked for my family and for our faith as well. Now the children are young adults and it is up to them to do what they want on Halloween night. I taught them the true meaning when they were small, now they are adults and I can’t decide for them anymore.
I feel good about how I handled Halloween, not being a true believer of this holiday that is celebrated in our country. I kept Jesus in the picture where our faith wasn’t compromised.
I remembered seeing this holiday through a child’s eyes and it was an innocent type of fun on my part. I had no bad intent to God or no disrespect. But I was just a kid having fun dressing up and getting goodies.
I never wanted to take that away from my children knowing very well that they saw Halloween through a child’s eyes too.