bought lots of treats and had a movie night. i know, it probably sounds like
cruel and unusual punishment to not let them go trick or treating, but i just
couldn't feel great about sending them out on a night dedicated to ghouls
and goblins. especially, when i believed in them.
it never bothered me that other people wanted to celebrate this holiday, since
that wasn't my business, but it sure upset everybody else that i didn't want to
participate. sheesh, you would have thought i was abusing my kids!
it seemed better to celebrate something positive on the following day, all
saints' day. not as thrilling, of course, to the average 10 year old but still
inspiring. we talked about those who laid down their lives for the sake of
the cross or their loved ones. we read stories about paul and silas in prison
or stephen, peter, and john.
corrie ten boom and john wesley were heroes and saints worthy of our
remembrance and remember them we did!
we also had a dress up trunk that the kids repeatedly dipped into for dress
up at all other times of the year. you might say they tricked and treated
for a different reason most days of the year.
"the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life,
and have it abundantly." john 10:10