Happy Halloween from our family to yours!
Yes, we celebrate Halloween. We celebrate this with our children much the same way that my husband and I celebrated growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. To us the holiday is about dressing up, having fun, seeing friends and neighbors, and decorating just a little with pumpkins and home-carved jack o' lanterns.
Regarding costumes, we have not focused on horror or gore or creepy things. We don't focus on witchcraft or anything to do with the occult.
We get our pumpkins on Halloween day, at the $20 per wagonful day.
We trick or treat as a group with our neighbor friends, with the adults talking and having fun as we accompany our children through our dark neighborhood. The kids love to be out walking by moonlight (and with the aid of some flashlights.) It is usually crisp and chilly with the crunch of fallen leaves under our feet. Lucky for us it has not rained one single Halloween since my oldest was born. We say hello to neighbors we don't see the rest of the year. We teach our children not to be greedy regarding getting candy.
Then we eat take-out pizza and pot luck salad and desserts at our neighbor's house. We adults have fun talking with each other in the dining room while the kids have fun in the playroom playing with toys, sometimes watching a movie or television and sometimes playing a little video games.
We come home late, tired and very happy to have spent a fun evening with our neighbors, our friends.
I see nothing evil or bad about celebrating the holiday in this manner.
Halloween 2004, kids aged 4 and 7, at our front door. Younger son is a knight and older son is the engineer from Star Trek (sorry I forgot his name)!
Me and my younger son, then aged 5, carving jack o'lanterns on Halloween Day, 2005.
Me and my boys, 2005, kids aged 4 and 7, in the costumes which I sewed which caused me much angst (at a friend's house). Older son is Young Obi Wan Kenobi and younger son is Anakin Skywalker (from Star Wars).
Halloween Night 2005, at our neighbors house, my boys at the bottom, aged 4 and 7.
Younger Son (age 6) picks a pumpkin, 2006
Hauling pumpkins, 2006, kids aged 6 and 9.
Halloween 2006, Kids aged 6 and 9. Older son is Anakin Skywalker and youner son is Spiderman.
Me at Halloween dinner at a neighbor's house, 2006
So Happy Halloween to you!!