What is your take on Halloween?

Is it just me, or does Halloween seem to be a bigger and bigger holiday every year? People are fascinated by it for some reason. Houses are decked out with orange lights and corpses hanging by their necks from trees. It’s that time of year when everybody in the blogosphere has something to say about Halloween, either that it’s harmless fun or that it is full of evil and should be avoided.

After careful consideration, we have decided that Halloween is a fun holiday for dressing up and getting candy. We carve pumpkins but we don’t get into the gory decorations or costumes. Although I don’t think they would be interested anyway, we don’t allow the girls to dress up as witches, monsters, ghosts, etc.

Daisy was talking about this issue a couple of weeks ago, when her daughter, E, made a card for a friend with witches and zombies on it. I also read an interesting post this weekend that goes into detail about the history of Halloween, arguing that Christians should “Take back Halloween!” The post is long, but worth reading.

So what do you think about Halloween? I asked Georgia tonight what Halloween is all about. She said, “Treats!” and after thinking for another moment, added, “Dressing up!” Sounds good to me!

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5 comments to What is your take on Halloween?

  • floating in space

    We enjoy Halloween but do not focus on the gory aspects of it. And I would have to say that the girls’ favorite thing about Halloween is the candy.

  • Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt

    Hey! I clicked over here b/c I saw your post title under my BlogHer ads and was interested. I know WonderGirl and, coincidentally enough, asked her if I could republish that exact post on my site tomorrow. So now you know where I stand!! :)

  • the mommie

    Not too crazy about Halloween. Not dressing up the little one, but definitely will be giving out candy and loving all the little pumpkins, cowboys and bees that come to the front door.

  • Mel @ A Box of Chocolates

    It sounds like we have pretty much the same take on Halloween. We enjoyed dressing up and this year I even (gulp) let my daughter dress up as a witch although it wasn’t very dark. I think it is all what you make it honestly.

  • Mel @ A Box of Chocolates

    It sounds like we have pretty much the same take on Halloween. We enjoyed dressing up and this year I even (gulp) let my daughter dress up as a witch although it wasn't very dark. I think it is all what you make it honestly.

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