Is it a Happy Halloween?

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Tomorrow is the day. One of those days that children wait for anxiously to come to fruition. By now, they have their costume picked out and are ready to head out of the door to get as much candy as possible. At least that is how I remember it from my childhood.

But I cannot say the same thing for my daughter. You see for years I was on a Halloween boycott of sorts. It’s a little long and complicated so I’ll spare the details of how my religious ideas crossed that day off the calendar for years. But then…and but God allowed me to be exposed to a different school of thought. A thought process that allowed the gospel and the grace that Jesus clung to fill my heart. From that point I began to re-evaluate all the hardline beliefs I allowed to accept without much thought. I realized that Jesus did not run from difficult issues or situations but walked into them. Because He was all about people and relationships, He didn’t allow the religious leaders of the day to detour his mission. He exposed people to love and questioned motives of those who didn’t love at all. Above all, he accepted people even when He disagreed. That my friend is how I desperately try to live my life. I know I won’t agree with lots of people and I don’t have to but neither do I have to be hardliner devoid of love.

Therefore the better option to celebrate Halloween is something like BOOgers and HalloWEENIES. It goes like this: Get your friends together to grill burgers and hot dogs, have some chips and a ton of candy and welcome everyone who comes by to trick or treat. Enjoy and engage all the people and kids who show up because I’m pretty sure that’s what Jesus would do. You might make some new friends but I guarantee you’ll have fun making memories!

Is there a dark side of Halloween? Sure, there can be but those kids that are showing up for some candy could most likely care less about all that jazz. They are there because it’s fun to dress up and get free candy. Right? Those same kids like presents on Christmas even if they don’t know it’s the birth of Jesus. They are there for the fun and free stuff because they are kids. I wish I had learned to embrace that message about 25 years ago. I would have less regret and more sweet pictures of my daughter dressed up and smiling. I probably would have a eaten a few of her tootsie rolls along the way and we could laugh about that today.

At least I know she’ll be doing something Halloweenish while she’s bringing back the two-year hairstyle to complete her pumpkin look. She makes a pretty darn cute pumpkin! Love her so…

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Here’s the original two-year fountain ponytail.

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Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy your children embracing the fun of dressing up, eating candy and being kids.

This is the truth for today: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ~ John 3:17

Be blessed! ~ Carrie

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  • Living on Cloud Nine
    Sweet post and understanding. Very cute Pumpkin indeed and still has cute ponies!!! Boo-ti-Ful!!
  • Love your take on this and hearing your thoughts. I wish I could get into Halloween more.
    • You always make my day when hear my voice and thoughts. Means a lot to me friend!
  • Love this. I never like Halloween, but having kids made me change my mind. They love it, and are so young, they don't realize that there is this connotation of evil associated with it. All they know is that we get together with friends, eat, have fun and they are allowed to eat as much candy as they want on that night...Love the pumpkin head, hehe.
    • Enjoy them! Eat candy...and a Tootsie Roll or two for me, please! :)
  • Very thoughtful post Carrie. Your daughter did a great job with her pumpkin makeup!
  • Baby Isabella
    So true Carrie. My folks debated for years about Halloween but since I've come along they now embrace all the costumes, hype and excitement, especially for kids. It's great excuse to have family get together and meet the community x #DreamTeam
    • Oh yes! You are so right. Thanks for sharing!
  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)
    I am with you, Halloween is just a bit of fun for the kids, I'm not into what the real meaning might be, that is long since lost. #DreamTeam
    • Enjoy the time with the littles because they surely don't stay that way long.
  • Alicia-OneMotherHen
    Halloween is such a great community event and so much fun for kids. Love that photo of your daughter all those years ago x #openslather
  • Clairejustineo
    Nice post Carrie. My children used to loved dressing up for Halloween when they we younger and we only really thought of it as having a bit of fun and eating lots of sweets :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope you can join us tomorrow.
    • I always loved to dress up and I know most kids do. It's so fun to pretend.
  • Kellyann
    Wow Carrie, I feel ya! I was thinking today on my way home from work how when my boys were little I downplayed Halloween big time. Not that I didn't let them participate but I felt guilty and like I had to make excuses. As they got older I relaxed more - I was so afraid of not being a good enough Christian. You are so right - Jesus didn't walk away from adversity and nor should we. I don't know anyone who celebrates Halloween with satanic verses, instead it's just a fun time to dress up and eat treats. If I had it to do again I would have been more fun! BTW - your daughter makes a fabulous pumpkin! xo, Kellyann
    • Hi Kellyann! We definitely learn a lot through parenting. We make mistakes and have to forgive and move on. :)
  • Wonderful, wonderful piece! I have always celebrated Halloween. Some of the churches I've attended disagree, but I feel it highlights the fact that Jesus did come to save us, and because of him there is no real death. I love your take on it as well, especially how you used the quote from scripture. Jesus would be welcoming, that is for sure. I'm so grateful you shared this post with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party!
    • And this is why we love him - he accepts us just the way we are. That doesn't mean we don't need to grow and change but his love is based on his choice to do it and not how we perform. It's so good!
  • Keerthi Vydyula
    Awesome! Indeed she looks lovely in both the pictures of then and now.
  • Aleena Brown
    I really enjoyed reading this. I totally understand that fro many Halloween is just not something they want to celebrate, sometimes for religious reasons and sometimes for others. I wouldn't say I'm religious as such, but I think it's a good point that you make about the innocence of children enjoying the festival. They do so without any intention to upset or offend, but simply to innocently enjoy themselves. Beautiful post. #DreamTeam
    • Thank you so much for reading and sharing your comment with me. I love hearing your thoughts!