Candy, costumes and pumpkins! That's what Halloween
is all about in our house. For 10 years I have held a strict no
scary or gross costume rule. As a Christian, I have heard many
families opt out of this holiday or attempt to call it by another
name to make it okay for them. But I decided that as long as we
knew where our hearts were, there was nothing wrong with the fun
side of Halloween.
My one caveat was that we didn't do scary
Over the years my boys have been a large array of
Disney characters and super heroes. They've been soft, cuddly
creatures and super tough crime fighters. In the beginning, 'no
scary' is easy. They don't like the scary stuff; often refusing to
even go down that aisle in the Halloween section at stores. But now
we've hit the tweens. And the fascination with all things scary and
gross has hit. With friends being bloody zombies and the like, the
complaints about their restrictions has mounted.
So this Halloween, I caved . . . a little. My
oldest son is a skeleton this year. It's certainly not the scariest
skeleton costume I've seen but the mask isn't exactly a smiley,
happy face. My son is thrilled about his more mature costume. And I
only feel slightly like a sell out. I mean, it's still about the
candy and dressing up and having fun. But this year we have a new
rule . . . if and when the mask scares someone, he takes it
I think it's a decent compromise.
What will next year bring? I'm not sure, but
I hope that we'll be able to agree on something that allows
everyone to have a fun Halloween!
Lisa is a full time working mom of three boys living in the far northern 'burbs.
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