The answer is "yes."
Now for the Why:
- Halloween builds community. We live on a corner lot, across from a park, under a streetlight, in a very family-oriented neighborhood. I knew there would be lots of kids out, tonight. Every parent who came to the door with their kids now knows we live here. They saw that we have two girls, our house isn't perfect, and we care. They are learning to trust us. If there is one thing that my husband and I feel called to do, it is build community where we live. Love God, love people. As a homeschooling family I don't want to be completely isolated (and we definitely are not) from the neighborhood kids and the world around us.
- My desire not to do Halloween was entirely too wrapped up in worrying what people think of me and confusing myself in the process. Ok. Maybe I was passing a little judgment, too, if I'm honest with myself.
- Jesus loved the un-lovables. He probably would've hung out with that werewolf kid from down the street, too. Not that he would have gorged on candy, but I like to think he would at least give something out at his door.
- We can hold our moral ground as a family and still have fun. We know where we draw the line for our kids, and that's the only line we need to worry about. The kids will be exposed to "scary" stuff. That's life. And honestly, I don't think Halloween is half as insidious as Christmas. Don't hate me for saying that, I do LOVE Christmas.
We limited our small kids to one community event and handing out candy at our door. Our focus is definitely on fall and the changing of the seasons, and has always included pumpkins, pumpkin patch trips, leaf jumping and more. I suppose each year will add more excitement, a line drawn a bit further down the road, and more discussion about the meaning of Halloween. In the meantime, stay posted for my overly passionate dissertation on Block Parties! Coming soon- hopefully next summer, straight to you from the lady who over-thinks everything.