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Old 09-07-2002, 07:26 PM
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Trick-or-Treating Alternatives?

Is there anyone else out there that doesn't "do" Halloween at all?

We stopped taking our children trick-or-treating about 6 years ago for several reasons. We moved to a less populated area and we really did not feel that our children needed all of that candy! Plus, add the fact that there are so many psychos out there these days tampering with the treats.

For the first few years, we took them to Discovery Zone for the evening. That way, when other kids talked about the fun they had trick-or-treating, they could talk about their fun at DZ.

Four years ago when we moved here to Louisiana, there wasn't a DZ. So,we started taking them to Chuck E. Cheese for a while and then to get ice cream.

Now, DD (at 18) feels that she is too old to participate in the yearly outing. Also, the two DS are getting bored with going to CEC every year.

Anyone have any ideas....except throwing a party at our home? I can't commit to that since I never know if DH will be home or not.

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Old 09-14-2002, 09:25 AM
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We don't do Halloween either for religious reasons. However, thus saying that we do take our kids to a church depending on what is happening there or I try to do a family night!!

Hope that helps

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Old 09-14-2002, 11:26 AM
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Hi Abear93, we don't trick or treat either (for about the same reasons as yours). My kids are only 6 and 4 so they don't have a long history of tradition for that holiday. Last year, I started what might become a tradition since they both enjoyed it so much.

I had a "haunted house treasure hunt" for them, printing out rhyming clues using a "scary" font and cutting the edges of the paper ragged. They carried around a flashlight (we had the house somewhat decorated with Halloween stuff...the kids helped to make decorations, also part of the fun) and used the clues to help them find the next clue. There is also a "treasure" where each clue is found. The treasures ranged from a small piece of candy to small toys to books.

We did this with only our own kids, but I suppose your kids can have a couple of friends over and it wouldn't be that much more trouble (just a little more money for the loot). With older kids, you can have just one big treasure at the end even, rather than lots of little things.

The 18 YO can help think up the clues and decide on the treasure(s) if she doesn't want to participate in the hunt.

This might be deemed too childish by your kids, but it's an idea anyway.
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Old 09-14-2002, 11:50 AM
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You are not alone, there are many people who don't do Halloween. We don't for our religious beliefs, although before we were Christians we did. This was a "rude awakening" for our son! We felt a little mean, so we always did something else.
Many local churches hold alternative things. Ours did a Harvest Festival, where everyone was invited. We did games, races, duck pond for prizes, food treats. There was no pressure to go to that church, as it was more of a community spirit.
We have always gone out for dinner, or to the mall shopping so that we didn't participate by having children come to the door. It isn't easy though ! We even had some kids vandalize our car because we wouldn't answer the door.
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Old 09-14-2002, 03:07 PM
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We don't Halloween either for religious reasons as well. We also take our kids to our church for the Harvest Festival, like mentioned above it is really a community time and even your 18 YO would probably have fun. At our church we have different areas set up for each age group and games for that group. My son is 17 and he loves it. Our youth pastor is in charge of this event so it's normally alot of fun for the older teens and even alot of the parents as well.

Check it out. Most places will advertise on your local Christian radio, which means you can check out websites as a lot of Christian radios have websites now.

I like the treasure hunt idea as well - that's a great one if you're going to stay at home.

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Old 09-14-2002, 05:04 PM
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We don't do Halloween either!

We do not do Halloween either. We never have. Mostly because I was Ritually Abused and that "holiday" comes with many BAD memories.

I have a dd who is 17 and one that is 11. What we do, is go to a nice resturant. Also, they get to take a "Mental Health" day and stay home from school. We have always done this as some schools like to still celebrate Halloween. When they are home from school, we rent movies and stay in our PJ"s all day, then get ready to leave for dinner. (We don't want to hear all that knocking either)

I always get them a little candy for a treat too. I personally did not like the church's "Harvest Festivals", as my own church did this too. When we got there, there were children dressed up in costumes, and I did not like that. Also, alot of the treats, were Halloween related. So, that did not work out for us.

But the biggest thing I have done is always TALKED to my girls about what is the meaning of Halloween. We looked up the history on it one year and it was NOT good! So, they agree not to be involved in it. We keep an open communication line, and they do have some say in what we do that day. Just not trick or treating. I do not think it is safe anymore anyway.

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Old 09-15-2002, 06:40 PM
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We don't do Halloween either...we're Muslim and don't do it for the same reason that Christians don't do it. We sometimes buy our kids several bags of candy (we rarely keep candy in the house, so having several bags is a treat in and of itself!) They do get things from school - parties or whatever - and I don't stop them from participating in those (I guess some people would). I did let them go out when they were younger (no costumes, just go around the neighborhood and get candy). But as we as parents have grown in understanding, and now they're a little older, they understand too when I explain it to them about why we don't go. So they're cool and go "Oh, ok" and that's that.
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We don't do Halloween either. We stopped doing it in '97 for religious reasons as have a lot of others. I have 4 children now, and 2 of then remember going trick or treating. We researched the history of Halloween and were very disturbed at what we found. We explained things to the children as to why we stopped and our children are 100% in agreement with our decision. As a matter of fact, each time my 5 year old sees something "Halloweeny", she says "That's not good" or something like that. I thank God for their understanding and their stand for God and His will!!
We don't do anything special to replace Halloween usually. I don't want to acknowledge the day. Although sometimes, I think we should do something aimed at Christ or family. Something to put good, in place of bad.
You're not alone. Don't worry about what others think either. All of my family and most of my friends do Halloween and think we're crazy for not. Some of them think we're "abusing" our child. I am the one who has to answer to God for my decisions.
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Old 09-16-2002, 04:35 AM
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We considered not doing Halloween, but chose to make a few ground rules instead. The fact that there are many who have darkened the holiday with withcraft and "dark side evil." DH and I have discussed this with our kids. They know that there are people in this world that are just no good. We live in a nice neighborhood, where we know most everyone, so we just stick to our neighbors. Our kids are not allowed to be anything scarry. We homeschool, so the school influence is not there. WE've attended church festivals, but it seemed almost hypocritical for them to do Halloween at the church saying it was not the same. (Our own church was one of them.)

The true Halloween started as a religious holiday for celtics. It symbolized the harvest and the "dying" of the land. It then became "protituted" over time by many different religious groups and those who chose to make it evil. My heritage is deeply rooted in the celts, so part of me feels close to the land, harvest and the cycles that nature plays in our lives. This is what my family "celebrates", for lack of another word. We don't "celebrate" evil, witches, etc., but the cycle of nature and how God created this cycle for a purpose. We need the land to "die" so it can be reborn. It's God's way of taking care of us.

I have taken alot of heat from fellow "Christians" b/c I'm allowing my children to "worship evil." It has never been that. My kids are homeschooled, so we don't have that influence and "keeping up with the Jones'" . We don't decorate with witches and bats, ghosts, but with pumpkins and cornecopia's, etc. to show thanks to God for the bounty from our garden and that even though we may not grow most of our food, what we do receive comes from God and we want to thank Him for the gifts He so generously provides for us, constantly.

I give you all credit for sticking by your beliefs and finding something else to do with your kids on Halloween. I know it must be a challenge in the commercialism of Halloween. I know there are many threats out there for kids, and we try and take all the precautions we can. Maybe there will be a day when we don't, but for now I'm using it for a life lesson on good and evil and that we need to thank God for all we receive, including food and nature. I think that's the forgotten part of Halloween. Nature was given to us by God. No, we don't worship nature or the elements or anything, but we recognized that God gave us so much to use here on Earth to survive and live for HIm. I try to give that to my kids.

Okay, that's enough rambling. I hope I don't offend anyone with my opinion b.c we do go out to a few houses dressed as princesses and pilgrims.

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I HATE Halloween and I'm a preschool teacher.

To me its just a greedy candy begging holiday. I take my kids bowling or something fun that night.

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