Halloween at your house?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Country Families : One Thread
Happy Halloween everyone -- the little ones are running around getting costumes ready and we're preparing to carve a pumpkin. DH has to work tonight, so I don't know how I'm going to manage taking the kids around to the neighbors AND hand out candy...maybe I'll ask my SIL to come by -- she doesn't have kids.
Anyhow -- just wondered what Halloween looked like at your house?
-- Tracy (email@example.com), October 31, 2001
We're staying home this year. We're making disgusting fun things to eat (severed witch's finger cookies and kitty litter cake among other things!) and we're going to have a little party tonight. We live way out in the country, so we don't get trick-or-treaters - but my girls said they were going to take turns trick-or-treating each other! We're going to paint faces and watch goosebumps movies and just have some safe fun!
-- Cheryl in KS (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 31, 2001.
The kids have big to-do's at school and they come home with more candy than a corner store. Then we are going to the church's chili supper. My son is a fireman, my oldest daughter is a princess and the baby is a flower stem because I forgot to send her flower hat with her this morning.
-- mindy (email@example.com), October 31, 2001.
We are going to the church tonight. I have Indians and little cows all over the place. We had a party Friday night. The kitty litter cake was a smashing hit. It not only looked gross but had a questionable texture!!!!!!Happy Halloween and Stay safe-God Bless
-- Micheale from SE Kansas (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 31, 2001.
We, for the first time, had enough pumpkins from the garden for each of the children's jack-o-lanterns. They cleaned them out Monday evening,and carved them yesterday afternoon. We had the cubscout party Saturday night, that they all got to dress up for, and another party at church(including games and "trunk-or-treat") last night. We're done except for eating the candy!!:)
-- mary (email@example.com), October 31, 2001.
What's kitty litter cake? It sounds fun!
-- Sherri C (CeltiaSkye@aol.com), October 31, 2001.
We don't have any traditions for Halloween. My hubby is also working tonight. The kids and I will be staying in and watching a Scooby-Doo marathon! We just moved to this new house out in the "boonies" so don't know if we will get any trick-or-treaters.
-- Jo (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 31, 2001.
Also, the kitty litter cake can be found at www.fabulousfoods.com Click on Halloween and it will take you right to it. It looks so gross, but I might work up the courage to try it!
-- Jo (email@example.com), October 31, 2001.
We have Wednesday night prayer meeting tonight; but thanks for the reminder to go pick up some cheap pumpkins to put up tomorrow! And who knows? Maybe I'll try the kitty litter cake for our April Fool birthday next spring!
-- Cathy N. (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 31, 2001.
We never get trick or treaters--thank the Lord! We live about in the middle of 40 acres without any near neighbors. Tonight is weiner roast "party" at home of one of our church members. I've got beans baking right now. Before we knew the truth about halloween, we celebrated like the world does. I was a good mama, wouldn't let the kids go without supervision, then only to designated places, dressed them in "good guy" costumes, even making the Batman and Robin suits, etc. When I found out the TRUTH of halloween, all this immediately stopped. I can't and won't participate in the devil's holiday. At our anit-halloween gathering tonight there will be lots of gospel singing and other things to glorify Jesus. If any of you would like the information that set me free from this gruesome night, email me directly and I'll be in touch.
-- Gibson Girl (aka ruth in se Illinois) (email@example.com), October 31, 2001.
The TRUTH about Halloween is that it is a Christian holiday created to replace the Pagan harvest celebration called Samhain. The TRUTH about Paganism is that we do not worship Satan, because Satan is part of the Christian religion. The TRUTH about Halloween can be found in the history books, not a Chick tract. Blessed Be!
We'll be spending a quiet night at home passing out candy to the trick or treaters. I'm not sure how many there will be this year given the latest FBI warnings and general nervousness. I bought candy that I like, so if I don't give it all out I can eat it myself! :)
-- Sherri C (CeltiaSkye@aol.com), October 31, 2001.
Sherri Just curious if you are Pagen or Wiccan or consider them to be basically the same? I have read up on Wiccan and have to respect the honoring the Earth, wind, fire and cannot remember the fourth. But the Blessed Be and the belief of whatever you do coming back 3 fold, means a great deal. So I guess I am a Christian with respect of Wiccan's and what I've studied of original Wiccan, not the tv, movie, or "christian" versions of Wiccan.
So - Blessed be to you, and may God bless you. AngieM2
-- AngieM2 (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 31, 2001.
Sorry, folks -- it was an innocent question about FAMILY traditions, and certainly wasn't meant to get up the ire of anyone.
While we are Christians, that doesn't mean that I choose to ascribe Satanism to any that are NOT Christians, nor will I preach to them. I share my faith with those who share it or who express an interest, and am honestly interested in other faiths, as I find world religions fascinating. I believe that the US was actually founded on the principles of freedom of worship -- not die-hard Christian-only values.
Not that this post was about religion in the first place. Halloween has become a tradition in our family not to celebrate SATANISM, or even COMMERCIALISM, but to celebrate neighbors, friends and family. We do not go to strangers houses -- we only go to friends and family so the boys can show them their costumes and the CREATIVITY that went into making them. I'm proud of the effort my children put into coming up with creative costumes.
I'm sorry if I offended anyone by my posting. Family traditions are important to me, and that's all Halloween, at this point, is. To us it is just a fun night where the kids get spoiled a little -- like everything else, it's what you make of it.
-- Tracy (email@example.com), October 31, 2001.
Hi tracy! I agree with your basic premise (and I know Mitch does too!) try to stick to the subject addressed in the post or question. While it is easy to get off on a tangent, (and I am guilty of this myself), if you feel strongly about a subject and want to address an issue that goes a little beyond the actual scope of the question, maybe you can start a new thread.
Some people who answered this post (I'm thinking of Cathy in particular) don't celebrate this holiday, but she did not put down anyone who did, just stated what she was doing tonight. Which by the way is what the poster asked about!!!!!
Remember that kindess, and a helpful attitude are our main goals, not just trying to prove that our opinion is the only one that is right. I believe the Bible say that many can be won without a word, and really none will be won if the words you use are harsh, and un- compromising. Thanks all.
Please note I am not addressing these comments to any particular person, but I am thinking of other threads where the same thing has occurred. This is a family forum and our posts and answers should reflect this.
-- Melissa (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 31, 2001.
My apologies if I offended anyone in the way I presented my post. This is a good forum and I don't want it get into a lot of disagreement like another forum I could mention.
-- Gibson Girl (email@example.com), November 01, 2001.
I apologize for my earlier outburst. I guess I'm a little hypersensitive about this subject. I try my very best not to be judgemental about other people's beliefs, for example I don't go onto Hoot's posts and make slams against Christianity. Tracy's question was about what people do for Halloween, so if you don't do anything why post?
We had a great turn out of trick or treaters this year. We ran out of candy and had to turn out the lights by 8pm. The children were all polite and well-behaved, and it did my heart good to see them having fun after all the sadness we've been through.
AngieM2: Wicca is the largest "denomination" of Paganism, but not the only one. I belong to a smaller denomination called Celtic Reconstructionism. It's also called Druidry. I won't clog up the forum with all the details, anyone who's interested can email me privately.
-- Sherri C (CeltiaSkye@aol.com), November 01, 2001.
Thanks to all for your mature responses! I am pretty much the same way, if I dis-agree with something I probably won't say much, also I try not to get in the middle of a conversation if people are acting respectfully. However I will not allow this forum to fall to the depths that many do, with name-calling, sarcasm, meanness, and profanity. Again I thank you all.
-- Melissa (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 01, 2001.
I, too, would like to apologize. I sensed a situation that had made "that other forum" go downhill quickly and responded to it too quickly -- sorry to all.
-- Tracy (email@example.com), November 01, 2001.
Even though our kids are grow, I still think of Halloween as a fun holiday. My mother always had a big pot of chili cooking on the stove when we came home from school. She had big brown paper sacks, from the grocery store, and crayons ready at the kitchen table for us to "decorate" our treat bags. I followed that family tradition with our children. We live way out now and just moved here this year. I wasn't sure if we would have any treaters and we didn't have one. I was sort of sad, but not surprised. I did make chili for my husband and me and will most likely keep that tradition going anyway. Memories!
-- Janet in Kansas (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 01, 2001.
Just a quick note. Fighting a bad computer virus here at work. I went to church. Bought candy to give to kids after church service. Went home, found out what the cat was looking at so intently behind a bag of yarn. A snake about 18 inches long and big around as your little finger. Med green with darker green markings. Daughter (20) and I held it down with prongs of hammer on its back as it was going under some books, until her finance could get to us and catch it (half dead after us) and throw it out in the woods. Then I checked everything around where I was going to sleep, etc.
Had a cup of Cafe Vienna and relaxed before bed.
What a day. -- AngieM2
-- AngieM2 (email@example.com), November 01, 2001.
We had a great night! I made a big pot of chili for my family and we played UNO all evening. The children loved it as did dh and myself. We just moved into our homestead this year and not 1 "halloweener" came to our door. We have a looooooong driveway! Jennifer
-- Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 01, 2001.