Halloween is over! Our family hasn't celebrated Halloween in 8 years. When Grayson was in kindergarten, she told us she thought we shouldn't do it because it was mean. As parents, we wanted to respect her convictions and truthfully, we couldn't find any good in it, so we stopped. We began what I would now call "hiding out" on Halloween. Although it was Grayson's conviction, we had a younger child that didn't have the same feelings! He was not happy about our decision! Sometimes we played games with friends at the church, sometimes we went to a movie and out to eat, one year we even went to the Missouri Baptist Convention, but we never stayed at home. I didn't want them to see all of the kids coming to the door and think they were missing out on something.
This year is different. I'm not sure why - just feeling like we shouldn't be "hiding". A friend put it best when she said, "How often do strangers knock on your door? It's a perfect opportunity to witness!" Our kids are now 11 and 13. They both have convictions about Halloween, and are old enough to pass out candy without thinking they're missing out. We made copies of Halloween coloring pages that we found online and printed a tract along with an invitation to our church on the back. I just folded them in half like a brochure when I was done. We bought mini boxes of crayons and passed them out along with our candy. The kids had so much fun! Both of our kids like young children. I'm not sure why, but they always play with the little ones. This was so much fun for them! We ordered pizza and watched movies after the trick-or-treaters left. What a stress-free evening - the perfect family night!