Reader stumped on ‘witch’ way to celebrate Halloween

  • Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dear Liz,

Our church frowns on the whole Halloween thing. But our kids are surrounded in school by kids talking about costumes, parties and trick or treating plans. I grew up trick or treating and loved the creative aspect of it. I must be old because there was so much less freaky frightening stuff then. Our church is looking for alternatives, as are we. We don’t want to go against our church beliefs and teaching. Ideas?

“Fraught with fright”

Dear “fraught,”

This is a common question and concern each year this time. The evil and Satanic that some revelers bring into Halloween concerns today’s churches, along with the history of “All Hallows Eve” where evil and unhappy spirits would haunt the world - and why “All Saints Day” is Nov. 1. As for your specific question, our church organizes as a controlled compromise what we call “trunk or treat” where cars are parked, trunk or lift guard facing to the center of the parking lot - often creatively decorated, and the kids get to go from vehicle to vehicle in costume (guidance is given there) to receive treats - many of which are healthy.

There are also games for all ages that the older youth and scouts put on for the kids as a service. This has been a hit. Some parents do not participate - it is a choice. Since values and healthy families are stressed year round, the church handles it by giving the children a fun and safe outlet.

The other option is any kind of children fun fair - and there is a children’s fair the Town of Mount Pleasant puts on during this season. You can always have a dress up party in your home where you can control the experience. Always keep it simple.

The vital thing is for the children to understand the protective sacred “why” behind the church’s stance - so they can grow to understand how the faithful need to be able to be “in” the world without being “of” the world.

Let us know how it turns out.

Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.

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