Just in case you were wondering, we had a good night.
We didn’t say a word about Reformation Day (although that’s a good idea and we’ve done it before).
Our children did poll the other church kids about who was going trick or treating. They were surprised that a lot of their friends at church weren’t going trick or treating, either. One friend answered, “Well, trick or treating is about taking,” and then proceeded to tell about a greedy boy in their neighborhood who went around their block twice. David assured me, “I’m sure he wasn’t saved, mom.”
I told them that mommy and daddy believe that it is possible for children to go trick or treating and not be greedy. We don’t want them looking askance at their friends who do things differently.
But, we had fun tonight. The children enjoyed taking the caramel to their neighbors, and they came home with “a lot of candy that we didn’t even ask for!” The neighbors were surprised at the “reverse trick or treat” (including one neighbor who had a sign saying “no candy” and told them they didn’t celebrate Halloween. Lee told them we didn’t either. 🙂 I’m sure that I’ll be asked about why we didn’t take the children (a few awkward moments when friends asked the children to go out trick or treating with them).
After the children took the caramel to the neighbors, we had a game night and played Connect Four, Candyland, and taught our children to play Clue. Laurel told me that Clue is a bad game because it teaches you how to kill people. 🙂 While our children would have chosen a movie (we thought about doing this), playing games was ultimately more satisfying. More than candy, our children enjoy special times with mom and dad, and they went to bed happy.