(This is a re-post from last year. I edited it some to get my main question across better! I didn't get as many opinions as I was hoping and I really would like to hear some from both sides! Let me know your thoughts on the matter!)
Many moons ago (I was 12) my parents researched Halloween and decided it wasn't something our family should celebrate (That was a sad, sad day, I love dresing up and candy!).....and while that is an important part of this post, it is not the main focus!
My quandary is this.....We used to participate in our churches Halloween alternative harvest party, but something always bugged me about it and I could never put my finger on why. Only in the past few years have I discovered the reason.
If the churches feel the need to offer a Halloween alternative, does that mean there's something wrong with it in the first place? If so, shouldn't they find out why they feel the need to call the parties at this time of year anything but a Halloween party?
The don't call the Christmas party a winter time party and they don't call Easter egg hunts spring festivals. The don't offer alternatives to these holidays, they just have Christmas and Easter parties! So, why don't they just have Halloween parties?
If it really is just to provide a warm indoor place with prescreened candy to the kids, why the name change? So, in effect it's not Halloween it self that makes me cringe this time of year, it's the church dancing around an issue they obviously feel convicted about, but don't want to take a stand on because they might "lose" people. If something like that will make you "lose" people, did you really "have" them in them first place?
If your going to celebrate Halloween then celebrate it, but don't slap a different name on it and try to make it seem like you aren't celebrating it when you are. If you feel the need to call it something else, you might want to take a look at why.