This year October 31st was nothing like last year. Last year we encountered the dark side of Halloween and it left a bad taste in the mouths of these parents. As a result we offered some alternatives to Kate and the boys and they happily agreed on what I hope will become our new Halloween tradition.
The restaurant was quiet on an evening most families bustled about the community knocking on doors. The kids received much attention and treats from the wait staff. With full tummies we drove off to visit a much loved babysitter, a few friends and returned home with happy tired kids.
On November first we piled back into the van and visited Walmart to purchase 75% off candy for school lunches. The kids enjoyed picking their own treats and labored over the decision.
I never imagined that one day I’d be a parent looking for alternative ways to celebrate Halloween. But when decorating gets out of hand and the celebration of darkness and evil takes over, I say enough.
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”