It’s that year again where little kids dress up in costumes and go door to door looking for candy…
but not our kids.
If you’ve been reading my blog for the past year, you already know we do not celebrate Halloween. We’re use to going against the flow of what everyone else calls normal and we are also use to the reactions of people when they find out. Most people give us that veiled smile, as they say something that sounds like they understand while their eyes cry out “You are causing your kids irreparable damage by withholding this holiday from them!”
It’s the same reaction we get from most people when we tell them we home school.
Here’s the thing…if we were to not celebrate Valentine’s Day people wouldn’t even blink. If we were to not celebrate Easter a lot of people would just shrug. If we were to say we don’t celebrate Christmas due to our beliefs, people would be politically correctly intrigued by our differences. They would wish us “Happy Holidays” while trying not to offend us, but skipping Halloween will apparently insure that our children will need years of counseling.
I get tired of having to explain our choices and quite frankly our children just don’t get why we have to. They are more than happy to do the activities we do in place of Halloween and the only time they feel left out is when people continue to ask them if they do.
Instead of trick or treating, we checked into the John Carver Inn and spent the day swimming. The kids went down the big water slide as fast as their little legs could carry them back to the top. We had the pool to ourselves all day and I was able to relax in the hot tub reading while they played.
Eventually they were hungry and exhausted and we made our way back to the room for pizza, candy and a movie.
It didn’t take long for everyone to get their energy back and we went back to the pool for a lot more fun! When we walked in we were surprised to see another family with lots of kids playing in the pool. It turns out we aren’t the only one who don’t celebrate Halloween. All the kids were thrilled to meet each other and the other mom and I hung out in the hot tub chatting (they home school too). We had such a fun evening with them that we swapped emails and plan to meet up again at some point!
Once again, we had a fabulous October 31!