Church groups piss me off. Does anyone else remember when Halloween was a neighborhood EVENT? Does anyone remember trick-or-treating with a hundred of your nearest and dearest friends? I can remember when you didn't even have to plan to go door-to-door with someone because it was pretty likely you were going to see them out-and-about anyway. I can remember when almost every house was handing something out. It's not like that any more and it makes me a bit angry. Where is everyone? More than one house on our route had a sign on the door inviting trick-or-treaters to a certain church party. GRRRRRRRR!! Ok. If you're not going to be home, don't put pumpkins on your porch or turn your porch light on. How rude is it to make a child think they're going to your door to greet you with a loud HAPPY HALLOWEEN, only to see a note on your door that says, and I'll sum it up here, "We're so wonderful and godly that we've eschewed the ritual candy begging for Jesus. And, remember kiddies- Jesus wants YOU."? If I were a betting woman, I'd bet that these people are going to come home to pumpkins in the middle of the street. I'm not saying I'd smash them, but I certainly wouldn't tell on anyone who did. Again, it's the Christian divisiveness that annoys me. You're too good to stay in your neighborhood and chat with fellow parents? You're too holy to have your kids go door-to-door, but you'll take them to church for trunk-or-treat? It all boils down to groups of people who decide that they have to do something DIFFERENT and SEGREGATIONAL. WHY? What happened to taking pride in being "the street"? We went to so many doors where the homeowner would comment on the fact that they only had ten kids- our four included. That's just wrong, people! Take your kids out. Get to know your neighbors. Let your kids practice being civil, polite citizens with a customary "Happy Halloween" and "Thank you, Sir/Ma'am!" Visit the elderly people on your street and let them comment on how cute the little ones are or how much your kids have grown since last year. It makes them happy and it's good for your children! It's not about the candy...it's about community. I joked around that I'm going to print out pamphlets, for next year, that I can leave on the "church invitations" homes...something that says, "your neighborhood misses you."
And, you all knew this was coming...slide show our our day. There's some pumpkin painting (we didn't carve this year because it's just too harry to have two little ones running around while two, pre-teens hold knives). There's the costume photos and some cool decoration pics. Enjoy!
Captions can be viewed at the Picasa link.