Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween - 2011

Frank and I were reminiscing about Halloweens past over the weekend and I have to admit I had some really great times back in the day.  I lived in a wonderful neighborhood growing parents knew all the other people in the area....and we were allowed to stay out and play until dusk.  Halloween night our parents would dress us up and we would parade, in large groups, up and down the blocks yelling, "Trick or Treat!"  I always knew there would be a treat....I never even thought of having to trick someone.....and homemade goodies were a big score.   I woke one day and the world had changed.....gone was the safety of neighborhoods....gone were wonderful homemade goodies.....gone were the fond memories of Halloween....I was 17.  What had happened in those few short years between childhood and teenagehood?  I have no clue....but people got mean.  People put drugs, poison, razor blades in candy and fruit....and hurt little children.  When I married and became an instant mom....I was once again able to experience Halloween the right way....there were about eight people who lived near us....I knew them all well....and Mrs. Willie V made tea cakes that were to die for.  Once again the homemade items were the big score.  When Kat came along we lived in an area where I did not know the neighbors and Halloween was a scarey thing....youth did ugly things to your home if they did not like what you gave I turned off my light....and took Kat to Fall Festivals at church.  Halloween was over.  When Katrina hit New Orleans and people came to Alex City to live in Fema Trailers at Wind Creek State Park....our church went down on Halloween and did something called Trunk or Treat for the families.  It was so much fun and they were so appreciative.  Last year our church did the same thing for the local kids and I had a ball.  This year we have moved it to the parsonage and several families are joining us there.  I am still not a huge fan of Halloween....but after Frank's sermon last night...I may be able to find something about it to enjoy.  In his sermon he gave us several suggestions on how to use Halloween as a way to glorify God.  "1.  Don't turn out the lights and ignore it.  Determine to turn a negative into a positive.  2.  Stay at home, give out candy and include some information about your church.  3.  Go Trick or Treating with your kids and hand out tracts.  Just think about often can you go door to door on a day when almost everyone will answer the door with a pleasant attitude?  4.   Play Christian music instead of scary music.  5.  Have a Halloween party and have everyone dress up as their favorite Bible character.  6.  Carve a cross in your pumpkin instead of a scary a candle inside it to symbolize that Jesus is the light of the world.  7.  Pray!  Pray for the safety of the children and their parents...and that the Gospel will go out tonight as well."  You know there are always going to be those who use special events like tonight for bad deeds.  There are always going to be vandals, pumpkin smashers, thieves,  and toilet paper rollers....but that does not make Halloween inherently just means that the human heart has a sinful nature."  Now....Halloween"s favorite memories.....we had a couple a couple of blocks over who made snow cones....we had some ladies who made wonderful always wanted to hit them early.  Least favorite memories.....when they gave you pennies.  I know now that for some it was a lot......but as a was not on the Billboards Top 100 of best Halloween things to get.  I loved getting wax lips....wax bottles.....clove gum.....beechnut gum....back in the only got one you get the whole pack.  Laurie Beth Jones, in her book, Grow Something Besides Old talks about one Halloween hight when she underestimated the number of children who would knock on her door and she ran slap out of candy.  Being resourceful she began giving out quarters, nickels, and dimes.  A little 5 year old princess came to her door.  She had the wand, the crown, the dress, the shoes...she was perfect.  Jones dropped two quarters in her pumpkin and told the little girl, "I've run our of candy, but tomorrow you can take the quarters to the store and turn them into real candy."  The little girl stepped back, scowled, looked at Jones and replied, "Lady, this isn't a real wand."  Don't you love it?  That little princess would have been me with the pennies.  Hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween.  I know I am looking forward to sharing time with friends....and greeting all the little ghosts and witches that come to my door.


Teena in Toronto said...

Happy Halloween!

Happy blogoversary :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Halloween. I am looking forward to the kids too!

Abi's Blog said...

Hi Karen,
Like you, I don't enjoy the ugly side of Halloween - and I know some emphasize the origins and perhaps even think we are not very "Christian" to celebrate it - and in some cultures - I would agree - but I like the fifties version - when it was fun just to dress up and go door to door showing off your new costume and having fun with family and friends...Be sure to stop by my blog and see the fun party we had for the grands and friends. :)
PS I always enjoy your blog!