Our First Halloween

We’ve never really celebrated Halloween before, which is probably because of our traditional christian roots. After moving away from institutionalised Christianity and towards freedom in our faith, it took us awhile to get past the dogma and stigma, fear and superstition, regarding issues like this. We didn’t really see it as superstition back then, but looking back, that’s what it was. Without even researching the history of Halloween for ourselves, we were quite convinced that it was evil and that “good Christians don’t participate in such things”. We feared that there was a spiritual element to the kids dressing up and having fun, and we feared that if we “let them do it”, they would be somehow negatively effected, and it would lead them down a path we did not want them to go. We feared that the “dark side” of Halloween would somehow creep into our lives if we let them don a fancy dress costume and ask people for lollies.

So much has been written about the history of this cultural tradition, and I won’t bother going into it here, but I will say that so far we seem to be okay. No one has started frothing at the mouth or chanting strange odes to the devil, but you never know. Tomorrow is a new day. 😉

Our oldest son, almost twenty now, didn’t really do anything special for Halloween this year, although he had dressed up for a party last year as a “dead sailor” I think, and so far he’s not shown any ill effects. Tonight he went further down the path to death and destruction, as evidenced by turning up early for work to attend a requested interview because they want to promote him yet again. Then he stayed back late to finish up, and picked up his younger brother from a party on his way home so that I wouldn’t have to do it. Obviously last year’s participation in Halloween has ruined him for the ordinary.

Speaking of the younger brother, he also went to work tonight, after having attended TAFE (community college) all day, amidst preparing his “Where’s Wally?” costume for an after-work party. He really enjoys dressing up as a character, and for someone who used to get the lowest possible grades for effort and results in art and craft during his three years at school (as compared to top results in every other subject), it’s amazing to see how much he enjoys creating costumes now!

Putting the tape on to do the stripes was quite painstaking, but it was great to be able to help my oh-so-independent-17-year-old with something fun like this!
Putting the tape on in preparation for painting the stripes was quite painstaking, but it was great to be able to help my oh-so-independent-17-year-old with something fun like this!

Miss 10 was invited to go trick or treating with friends just the day before Halloween, which didn’t give us much time to prepare a costume, and considering that we’re in the middle of preparing for an interstate house move, hubster is away on business (again), I have been sick and lost essential packing time, and we are also in the midst of birthday preparations, I really didn’t need anything added to my to-do-list, but she was incredibly excited to be going trick or treating for the first time ever, and I was delighted to support her in this. We spent quite awhile investigating costume ideas, and she ended up deciding to create her own character, rather than buy or hire a ready made costume, or try to copy someone else’s idea. She took her inspiration from a chimpanzee mask and some gloves at the costume shop, and we took it from there, ending up with a chimp cop!

You wouldn't think that hand sewing those furry arms would be such a challenge, but with limited time available it was fiddly and annoying. Nonetheless, a chimp can obviously not have fair, freckled, non-hairy arms!
You wouldn’t think that hand sewing those furry arms would be such a challenge, but with limited time available it was fiddly and annoying. Nonetheless, a chimp can obviously not have fair, freckled, non-hairy arms! Isn’t she just gorgeous? 🙂

Mr 13 decided to stay home and try to scare away the trick or treaters. 😉

Apparently it worked! He did actually have lollies to give out, but only managed to treat his littler sister and her friends. No one else was brave enough, apparently! Oh, and the last image there was of my hooded bandit sneaking around to the back of the house to break in, after having locked us out of the front door. Fortunately his identity was hidden!
Apparently it worked! He did actually have lollies to give out, but only managed to treat his littler sister and her friends. No one else was brave enough, apparently! Oh, and the last image there was of my hooded bandit sneaking around to the back of the house to break in, after having locked us out of the front door. Fortunately his identity was hidden!

All in all it was quite a lot of silly fun, and everyone is keen to do it again next year, complete with some house decorations and maybe even a party.

Although, for the purpose of transparency, I did see a vampire in the house last night. Not sure if it’s related at all.

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.