I know you’re out there. I learned of your existence when I wrote about Halloween on my blog two years ago. Who are you? You’re the families that don’t participate in Halloween activities.
Truth be told, you are probably one of the most misunderstood group of non-celebrators there are. It’s easy to be understood on Christmas if you’re Jewish or traditional Christian Easter if you are more of the bunny/colored egg crowd.
Many people are unaware that there are families that do not observe Halloween — I’d like you to tell your side of the story.
I’m not such a huge fan of all the blood and gore that has seeped into Halloween. Growing up Halloween meant fun costumes (never anything scary or gross), having the entire neighborhood over in our driveway for chili and pumpkin carving, followed by trick-or-treating as the sun went down. The decorations were always silly, the movies always goofy.
I like being scared, but I’d rather skydive than walk through a haunted house ever again.
The origins of Halloween are older than most history books and there are rumors of the dead, the poor and Pagans. Just as Christmas in many societies has turned into Santa Claus and presents over hundreds of years of mixing and matching beliefs and traditions, Halloween has become a monster mash of stories and traditions highlighted by candy and happy faced pumpkins.
So what is October 31st like in your house? What are the biggest challenges you face each year?