Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My First Halloween Costume--NOT

I think parents of young children really look forward to Halloween with their kids. They love dressing up the little ones in costumes and visiting the grandparents to show them. I remember lots of fun times at Halloween and do not feel guilty at all participating in the fun. Here is a picture of me in my clown costume with my dad, one of my early Halloweens going to visit Grandma Arlettaz.
I remember my parents having a Halloween party one year with a cardboard skeleton hung that we could make jump by pulling the string. I thought it was fantastic! As kids we always liked trick-or-treating and trading our candy when we got back. Mine usually lasted until almost Easter. I was good at self-discipline and saving some for later. I do believe mine outlasted the others.

Now as an adult, I like passing out the candy and seeing all the cute costumes the children wear. We do not get many on our street so this year I decided to fill little baggies with more goodies than just one piece of candy. Our pets enjoy seeing the kids in their costumes come to our house too. Last year Abby was outside helping Gerard welcome them and our cats watched from our dining room window.

I know some Christians believe it’s not good to participate and that’s up to them. I would never try to change someone’s conviction about that; however, I have not yet been convicted by the Holy Spirit that I should refrain so until I am, I will continue to enjoy the celebration. This is one time where the neighbors come out and we as Christians can make the most of this opportunity by giving out good candy and perhaps a kids salvation tract with it. I plan on doing that this for the first time this year.

OOPS, CORRECTION: I originally posted this was my FIRST Halloween costume, but when I opened up an account on iMemories and viewed my old movies, I discovered this wasn't my first after all. Take a guess what you think it was and then go to 5 Things I Learned This Week to see if you are right. (It's worth the click to see the cute video--notice all the black hair my dad used to have!  I loved his hair!).

How about you? How are you going to have fun this Halloween? What was your first Halloween costume? Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Unknown said...

Very nice post. I love your blog and your dedication to your dad.
Halloween is great. I do believe it is just a holiday for the kids to be able to get out and enjoy themselves. They are so adorable dressed up.

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Sandy said...

Such a nice post and the photo is great as well!

Happy Halloween!

Shell said...

What a precious costume!

I too am a Christian who doesn't see anything wrong with celebrating Halloween- we just focus on the fun of pretending to be someone else for a little while.

Unknown said...

I think it's awesome that you have a photo from your 1st Halloween...talk about treasured memories!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I think the Holy Spirit gave us creative license to dress in silly clothes and eat more candy than our stomachs can take. I have photos of my boys with chocolate smeared across their faces. The best part is showing those same photos to my grandchildren and then watch as they try to imagine their dad as a kid. It's too much fun for one grandparent to take.

Thanks for sharing the happy memories of your dad.

Show Me Mama said...

Your Halloween costume is adorable :). Love it. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful Happy Halloween!

Lin said...

Like any "holiday", I think it is how you view it and how you celebrate it that determines whether or not it is "Christian". We have always dressed up in costumes and ran from house to house to ask our neighbors for treats, but we have never prayed to "evil spirits" or such nonsense on Halloween. My uber-religious neighbors carve crosses into the backs of their pumpkins each year so everyone "knows they are Christian". Yeah, really? I thought you were devil worshippers with that pumpkin! It's so darn silly! I'm glad you just enjoy it with Gerard and your little animal friends. :)

Pamela Scott said...

awhh how cute memories gotta love them..

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Empty Nester said...

We've always had fun at Halloween, costumes, candy and all! Following you from Over 40! Have a great weekend!

The Author said...

Oh, you were so adorable! I'm glad you still have children come to your door. We never have any and I miss seeing the little ones in their costumes. I love Halloween. I think it's my favorite holiday because it kicks off the holiday season leading to the most special Christmas and it's smack in the middle of fall. Loved the post.

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