Lately, while on Facebook, I’m seeing a lot of just nastiness. While the majority of it is about politics, since when has nastiness ever changed anyone’s mind? The past few days it has been about Halloween. How old is too old? Scary costume or not? What is modest? Is it too cold? Should I hand out candy or bible tracks? Is Halloween evil or ok? My advice to all of you Mamas out there, Do Your Own Thing!
What we do for Halloween
For the past several years we have attended the Happy Halls at the local high school. In order to enter, you must “pay” 3 canned goods or $2 per person. The money and the canned goods go to the school’s Key Club, who then uses it for its pantry for the Backpack Program, which was started by Feeding America.
My littles walked around doing all kinds of fun festival games, and in the end they receive a free book, a small bag of candy, and a small bag of freshly popped popcorn. They loved it.
Afterward, we went out for dinner, which is a big deal when my children eat as much as they do. We went to a local placed called, Mazerella’s. If you are local, you really need to check it out. Craig makes an amazing pizza.
This is what Halloween consists of for our family. Samuel wore a costume I bought after Halloween a few years ago. Lucy’s was new, but she wanted to be a butterfly. This costume will get a lot of use, as she LOVES to play dress up. She said she wants to wear it for her cousin’s first birthday party, but it probably won’t be warm enough in the middle of January.
What we don’t do for Halloween
We do not do scary costumes, or costumes that we would consider immodest. We do not go door to door asking for candy. The closest we get to real trick or treating is the Happy Halls and a Trunk or Treat.
We do not do scary movies. I hate them, and the children aren’t impressed. In fact, my teens love to make fun of them.
While we’ve gone to a kids party before, it turned out to not be a good thing for our family.
Why we made our choices
As a child, Halloween was fun. I got to play dress up and ended up with a huge stash of candy. As a parent, I look at it from a totally different perspective. Those costumes are EXPENSIVE. Then you have the purchase of candy to hand out, which is totally insane.
Not only is the candy not good for you normally, but when you have children like I do who have problems with dyes, it is really bad. We are on strict no dye for all of my boys. This leaves out most candy for Halloween as it is all bright vivid colors. Yes, you can have candy bars, but we try to limit
As for what we did do this year, it was the first time in several years. This was only because my 3-year-old wanted to dress up. Normally, I will buy each of the kids their favorite candy, and we go out to dinner. This year she was a butterfly and my littles one was Sully for Monsters, Inc.
Do Your Own Thing
Why does my opinion matter? Honestly- it doesn’t. I really don’t care what you do, unless your idea of a costume for your children is to run naked in the streets. They are your children and you have to do what you think is right for you and your family. Just like I have to do the same.
So whether you trick or treat, pass out candy in a costume, watch horror films, let your kids wear costumes I’d never let my kids wear, or you just order pizza (today is the biggest pizza ordering day of the year, so says my hubby who used to deliver pizza), Do Your Own Thing.
Social Media would be a much nicer place if people just did their own thing without other people thinking they need to express their opinion. Especially if that opinion is the opposite of the poster and will only cause strife.
Whether it is Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday, Do Your Own Thing. You will never go wrong, and if you do, there’s always next year.