When Beth and John were little, we did participate. Then, we discovered a really neat carnival at a local church, so we did that instead. Then we moved and the carnival was discontinued. Periodically, John, Jr would want to go with friends, and we would let him. By this point, at the ripe old age of 10 or so, Beth was waay too old for such nonsense.With Anna and Daniel we didn't do it for many years. It got to the point where I thought that it was much too attractive, just because it was taboo. So, we let them go out trick or treating.
Now, with Abbey and Elijah. We have discovered that our neighborhood goes all out. There is a parade, after which the kids are treated to dinner. It really is a fun atmosphere and a bonding time with our neighbors. John and I have discussed it and feel that if we don't participate it might actually hurt our Christian witness with our neighbors. They may see us as prudish or holier that thou. We want to draw people to Christ, and one draw is the freedom that we have in Christ to do things that aren't forbidden in the Bible. So, for the past two years, we have participated in trick or treating.
This year Abbey was old enough to really enjoy herself. My mom bought her a costume and Anna provided some fairy make-up.
A very fairy-like pose.
One of the hand-me-down boxes we got had a puppy costume, which became Elijah's costume.
With the make-up artist.
(and the resident clown in the background)
There you go, ~ our fairy and puppy!
Someone actually had a float to lead off our parade
Abbey loved walking in the parade
Elijah looked quite somber. Unbeknownst to him, all this fuss would later pay off in a huge sugar rush.
Guess who was watching the parade? Coach Aimee!!
Anna passed out candy at our house. Here are the cutest two she saw all night.
Trick or treating isn't for the weak. Dr. Regan checked Abbey out and declared her fit.
By the end of the night, Elijah has really gotten the hang of it. He would march right up to the door, hold his pumpkin out and say, "Thank you!" even before they had given him any candy. I'm sure that little flash of manners resulted in twice a much candy. Smart kid, huh?