When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
Today the kids asked if they could carve their pumpkins. I know a lot of people disagree with Christians “celebrating” Halloween. However, for our family, we have taken a more liberal approach. Instead of pretending that today’s modern holiday means the same thing that it did centuries ago, we realized this: there’s nothing spiritual about it. At all.
We’ve talked to the kids about the originations of the holiday. But seriously, if you want to invoke the “evil” of originations into the discussion, should ANY CHRISTIAN send their kids to a public school? It reminds me of churches who embrace 1 law from the 600+ commandments of Moses and use it to bully whip people; conveniently, ignoring the 599 other laws that were probably just as relevant. The logic is flawed.
So today, like the heathen I am, rest of the world, we “celebrate” Halloween. Why? It’s simple.
It’s fun. You dress up. You get candy. Free Candy.
Really, it’s all about the candy.
And the pumpkins. My kid’s love the pumpkins. This year we went to Winco and found pumpkins for get this…8 cents a pound! The beauty is that their scales only go to 30 pounds. So we found the BIGGEST, HEAVIEST pumpkins we could find. If you know me, you know I LOVE to decorate for the season. Pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows haunt my home from September to December. (Let’s not even discuss my winter/Snowmen obsession…). Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending upon the perspective, I passed on my love of all things orange onto my children.
So, as we embark on tomorrow’s horrible fun holiday, I thought you’d love to see my kids in action.
Happy haunting to those who haunt…and blessings for those who don’t.
I won’t even pretend. I’m THRILLED that my son let me take his picture. Oh, the pumpkin is cool too,
One downside to big pumpkins. They are hard to move.
Gabby decided that her pumpkin would be a blob. of shapes. It is interesting.
Bella found this whole exercise rather…slimy and messy. She kept wiping her hands.
Luckily her big sister loves her and rushed to her rescue.
Nothing says sisterly love like scooping out pumpkin guts.
Bella finished up with an owl design. Not bad for her first pumpkin.
Oh wait…what’s this? Jo’s first experience with pumpkin.
Hmmm. Smells good. Looks good. Is it food.
Yes this dog will eat anything. Including the rind.
Now, I just have to figure out what to do with all this…
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!
P.S. This is not meant to be a slam on anyone from either side of the debate on Halloween. I try to remember always, Paul’s words: “All things are lawful. Not all things are expedient.” What works for you, works for you. What works for me, works for me. I love Christ. You love Christ. Therefore, I love you. Whether you see the boogie man or not…it doesn’t change that fact.
Happy Halloween Eve everyone!