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Oct 29, 2012 12:44
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Halloween Alternatives

As a mom, I'm always looking for a way to spend time with my children. I'm also trying to make sure I don't introduce them to things that will have a negative impact on them. 

Halloween is a day that I know will have a negative impact on my children if I let them celebrate it. On the surface, I know they are easily frightened. There are so many scary aspects of Halloween, that they wouldn't do well with. They would end up with nightmares. Under the surface, I don't want them to get comfortable with the spiritually dark aspects of Halloween. It's not a God honoring day.

Up until this year, my family has been ignoring it. We don't pass out candy, our porch light is off, and our kids are tucked in bed asleep. This year, my 4-year-old daughter Ava asked about Halloween. A friend of hers had asked what she was going to be for Halloween, and what her favorite type of candy was. Now, all I can hear about is going trick or treating, and dressing up for Halloween.

I've told her that Halloween isn't a day that honors Jesus. Thankfully our memory verse this week is Philippians 4:8.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I can tell her than Halloween isn't pure or praiseworthy. So we're looking for other ways to spend time together as a family on Wednesday night. I asked for some help today, and here are some ideas that came from Positive Life Radio listeners.

- Make it a family movie night. Get great snacks and treats and spend the time together

- Instead of taking your kids trick or treating, let them answer the door and pass out candy

-  Find a Church that is sponsoring a Harvest Party, and take your children there

- Have a family Harvest Party. Bob for apples, have a taffy pull, go on a scavenger hunt, play hide and seek, and make crafts. Have a harvest themed meal

If you have any other ideas, I hope you'll leave a comment below. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.