Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Odd Mom Out

Yep. I'm the odd mom out. We don't celebrate Halloween. {Maybe there are other "odd" moms out there, I just don't come across them that often.} I don't decorate with ghosts or witches or skeletons. We do celebrate Harvest Time and I enjoy decorating with pumpkins, picking pumpkins, and eating pumpkin-y foods. We love the smells of burning leaves and apple picking and other fun fall stuff. I'm not opposed to dressing up or taking the kids to a costume party, it is the "celebrating of the day" part that I am against. What are you really celebrating anyway? A recent conversation with another dance class mom went something like this:

Mom: {to her kids} "Ask the girls what they're going to be for Halloween. Go on! Ask 'em!!"

Me: {silently cringing to self}

Mom: "Hey girls, so what are you going to be for Halloween?"

Me: "Um, we don't celebrate Halloween."

Mom: "Are you Jehovah's Witnesses?" {I guess in her mind you would have to be....}

Me: "Nope."

Mom: "Do you celebrate anything else?"

Me: {chuckling to self} "Yep. I just don't think Halloween is worth celebrating." {I really didn't want to get into any answer deeper than this.}

Mom: "You don't even let them celebrate at school??!" {As if schools were in charge of everything.}

Me: {Oh. Brother.} "We homeschool."

Mom: oooooooohhhhh

The mom in question is particularly straightforward. She has already told me that she doesn't think we should name our baby Sebastian & suggested several other names that she thinks are appropriate. Despite her opinionated nature, I think this conversation threw her for a loop!

If you are a Halloween-er, I'm not judging you, so please don't flame me for my opinion. If you are an odd mom too, then I'd love to hear it! I guess tonight I will leave the house lights off, draw the blinds closed & enjoy some private family time huddled indoors. From a frugal standpoint, I'm saving money on costumes, Halloween candy, and dentist bills from all the sweets!

Happy Wednesday!!


Anonymous said...

What does a bird say when it flies over your house?

Rebecca said...


I bet you keep your friends laughing, dontcha?

skyra said...

I kinda agree with you Bec, What are we celebrating?
I do love seeing all the children dressed up and I do look forward to Jacob going trick or treating today with his Dad. I know once Jacob see all the candy he's going to ask every 15 seconds to have other piece.

I really wish I could have been a fly on the wall at Tati's dance class to see your face and the other mom... Hahaha.

Who care what she thinks!

And by the way I love the name you guys picked out for the new addition!

love, skyra

Anonymous said...

Gen 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Turn it around, ask God how we can bring good out of what started out as something that was evil. We don't "celebrate" Halloween ethier, but we can always be a witness. Opening the door for a child that may just need a smile and a little sweetness (or popcorn in our case this year ;0), Turning the lights out is not going to reach those that need reached.

Not offended but thought I would share something I was convicted with this year. :0)

Alisa said...

We are odd too Rebecca. We don't 'celebrate' it because of it's very pagan and evil history. We've had lot's of odd looks and comments, but that's okay. Someone said once... "You don't celebrate Halloween? Do you celebrate Christmas?" I laughed pretty hard at that. Many people haven't a clue the history behind either of those two 'holidays'. Sad, isn't it?

My brother and family do answer the door to trick-or-treaters. They give candy and a card with a bible text on it. Something I've toyed with....

Rebecca said...


I knew I couldn't be the only "odd" one! Thanks for chiming in ;>)

Saralyn said...

We don't celebrate the witches and the ghosts, but we do celebrate the day because, just like every day, it is the day that the Lord has made and it is an opportunity to share the love of Christ. We don't intend to let satan have even one day or one celebration. We pass out candy and tracts with the plan of salvation on them to those who stop by our house and we take the kids door to door as an opportunity to chat with those God has called us to love--our neighbors.