It is that time of year when Christian families are bombarded with an age
old tradition of celbrating Halloween. As a Christian school, we do
not have a Halloween party on October 31st. We do encourage families
to seek out alternative events that are sponsored by local churches.
Please see attached flyer.
This attitude infuriates me. I think you all know that I am a Christian and feel very strongly about my beliefs and my faith. I love the Lord, I have a relationship with Him and am teaching that to my children. I know that the school did not outright say that celebrating Halloween is sinful, but it insinuates that Christians should not participate in Halloween festivities. But if you slap the name "Harvest Festival" on it and hold the event on church property, then there is nothing wrong with it. You can sit back, have fun and still judge the ungodly who participate in a "Pagan" holiday. (Shall we not forget that Christmas was once a pagan holiday?)
Let's see...trick or treaters wear Halloween costumes. The church event attendess wear Harvest costumes. Trick or treaters get Halloween candy. The other event hands out Harvest candy. And so on. No wonder so many people are fed up with churches on their sanctimonious pedestal. That kind of hypocracy makes me angry. If you haven't noticed. People see right through it and I for one have had enough.
My kids are going trick or treating. I don't let them dress as witches or anything related to the occult. I feel that is inappropriate for my children. My kids have dressed as Flinstones, Teletubbies, Ducks etc. This year Savannah is a princess and the boys are gonna be cowboys. We choose to have fun on Halloween and participate in the innocent joy of the holiday and not dwell on the evil traditions associated with the pagan beliefs.
If they were to present the Harvest festival as a safe alternative to trick or treating for those who feel that it is unsafe nowadays. FINE! I think it is a great idea. If you were raised that trick or treating was bad and just can't get past it, ok. Just don't pass that along to me. Own your own convictions without deeming something questionable in your mind as sin.
I am hoping her school director (who I actually love dearly and respect and admire on all other issues) asks me about it.
Sorry, I don't let my children attend Harvest Festivals.
I think those events send the wrong message to my kids.