I really don't like Halloween. There have been groups of Christians that have been down on this particular holiday for years, but that's not why I don't like it. I mean, I don't buy into the whole idea that if I let my kids dress up and collect candy that I somehow pay homage to the devil. But...
I really don't like going into grocery stores and being accosted by headless, bloody mannequins. I don't like driving past "Lucifer's Lair" everyday on my way to drop my kids off at school. I don't like seeing rows and rows of size 2T "Jason" and "evil witch" costumes.
We do participate in Halloween. Truth be known, 4 out of my 5 kids would probably tell you that next to Christmas, it is their favorite holiday. I mean, from a kid's perspective, it is pretty cool to get to play dress-up and have all your neighbors give you free candy for your efforts. It is pretty awesome to be able to go to school in your costume and have a parade. So, I play along.
I tell you what, though. November 1st is one of my favorite days of the year. I am so glad that we get Thanksgiving and Christmas to help scrub away all the Halloween yuck.