I’m not looking forward to Halloween night.
I know for a fact that I’m not the only Aussie who feels this way.
Halloween has only been a ‘thing’ in Australia for the last few years.
We live in the suburbs on the Sunshine Coast and over the last few years the streets have been filling up with more costumed kids on a sugar high looking to get more sugar whilst freaking some neighbours out.
Is there a fun side to this? Sure there is (for some), otherwise, people wouldn’t do it, right?
But I’m not interested in the dark side of it at all. And we as a family aren’t participating (we’ve talked this over and all have agreed). Instead, there will be a polite sign on the door, and we’ll have a regular night at home.
Here 6 reasons I’m not interested in participating Halloween. They are in no particular order and contribute to my whole decision:
- It’s a school night. If our three young school-aged children aren’t in bed by 8pm, we are paying for it the next day with tired & moody kids who don’t cope well at school. Since it’s a Tuesday night – it’s simply a ‘no’. #parenting
- I don’t want my kids consuming high amounts of sugar and fighting about who got how many etc. Any whinging around not being able to participate is going to be far less than the sugar-driven bickering that will go on after bedtime. #parenting
- It’s AUSTRALIA! As an Aussie bloke in his late 30’s, I’m asking “Why are we doing this now as Aussies?” I grew up seeing US sitcoms feature random Halloween episodes – but that was my only reference for Halloween until I studied its roots. Most kids and their parents couldn’t tell you three facts about the origins of Halloween. But besides that, we’re Aussies! We’ve got our own unique holidays. Australia Day. ANZAC Day etc. C’mon Aussies!! #culture
- I’m a Christian. It’s hard to say exactly how we got here but many believe Halloween started as Hallowed Eve. Hallow as in “Hallowed (Holy) be thy name” It gained momentum as holy festival for quite some time. But let me say; zombies, ghosts, scaring people, glorying death and gorging on sweets is pretty far from what once was a holy day that had a focus on Heaven and the Kingdom of God.
- I’m a HSP (1 in 5 poeple is a Highly Sensitive Person). I have always hated horror movies and things like that. Even before I became a Christian I avoided all things death, horror, scary etc. I find them traumatising. I have never chosen to watch a horror film and walked away from many movies and TV shows that aim to scare me or involve gross violence. They can give me nightmares. My nervous system and spirit are deeply affected. So, I don’t want to subject myself or my family to a night that has been commercialised and popularised as an event where these experiences are plentiful. #HSP
- I have a very unique career/job/calling. My wife and I spend a significant amount of our year in 1-on-1 sessions with people working through spiritual, emotional and relational issues. This is not the place to share stories, but let me just say, there is a very serious unseen evil reality that plays varying degrees of havoc and chaos with lives – especially children. I have seen first-hand, emotional and physical healing come as a result of being free from demonic oppression that came as a direct result of being involved in horror-related activities. This includes horror parties. Watching horror movies. Occult activities etc. #spiritual
Let me put it plainly: If you intentionally play with evil, even if you think you are having fun mocking it, you are opening yourself up for what it represents. Christian or not, I suggest you stay away from all horror, terror and anything overtly connected with evil and the occult. It’s bad news. Yes, this includes Zombie nights your church youth group hosts (FACEPLANT) etc.
If you think I’m getting too legalistic or am fear based? Just do some simple research behind Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) Survivors, witchcraft, the occult and Halloween. Exercise some wisdom.
DISCLAIMER: Please understand me here – I’m very aware that Halloween is a festival that looks very different in other parts of the world, especially the USA. In Australia, it’s been pushed predominantly by commercial enterprises like $upermarkets. I’m just expressing the reasons behind my non-involvement in the way it’s done in Australia.
These images are a typical stand at a local Australian supermarket. It’s not fun costumes of Spongebob, hotdogs or unicorns, it’s pretty much all gouls, ghosts, skeletons and death related.
Let’s please keep the conversation and comments civil and responsible.
UPDATE: Join us in letting Aussie retailers know their decorations freak a lot of people out. //www.facebook.com/STOPTHESPOOK/
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