5 Reasons To Stop Pushing Halloween On Kids

I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness, but sometimes I think they’re onto something in regard to not celebrating holidays. They’ve managed to escape the over-commercialism that holidays bring. It puts the focus on relationships instead of stuff. If there’s one holiday I’d like to see less emphasis on, it’s Halloween. Why do we push Halloween on our kids? 

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I had a friend in college who didn’t let his kids celebrate Halloween. He wasn’t a Jehovah’s Witness, he just didn’t agree with the premise of the holiday. It stems from Celtic traditions that interfered with his Christian beliefs. 

Learn more about the history of Halloween here.

Today, it’s nearly impossible to keep our kids away from Halloween. It’s in the schools. It’s in the church. It’s everywhere. Although I’ve never been fond of the holiday, I let my daughter, Annie, celebrate. But I’ve also tried to keep it toned down. Still, others push it on her like a drug.

Stop Pushing Halloween On Our Kids

  1. Halloween teaches kids the wrong values: I want my kid to learn to earn her rewards. Halloween teaches the opposite. It teaches kids that strangers will give them something for nothing. That’s not realistic. It also teaches kids to be something they’re not. I want my child to learn to be herself. 
  2. Halloween is a waste of natural resources: Think of all the plastic that goes into all the costumes and decorations. Halloween has almost caught up with Christmas in sales. In the end, most the Halloween stuff gets discarded. It winds up in our landfills as pollution. 
  3. Halloween is built on cheap labor: Nowadays, I think everyone knows that most of America’s cheap trinkets are made in China and third-world countries. Many of these workers are underpaid. They live in horrible conditions. Even the children have to work. It’s a tragedy that our kids’ pseudo-happiness is created by other kids’ misery.
  4. Halloween promotes sugar: This is a no-brainer. Excessive sugar has been proven to lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar leads to tooth decay. We’re creating a health crisis by allowing our kids to eat more sugar. It’s madness. Watch Sugar: The Bitter Truth.
  5. Halloween doesn’t teach simplicity: Holidays tend to complicate life. Halloween is no different. We have to make special trips to the store to buy stuff we don’t really need. There are parties, costumes, candies, and trick-or-treating rituals to work into the schedule. It teaches the opposite of simplicity.

Call Me The Grinch Of Halloween

Halloween seems silly and excessive to me. I’ll be glad when Annie is a few years older. Hopefully, as she grows into a young adult, she’ll begin to understand my view on Halloween. Until then, I won’t restrict her fun by not allowing her to participate, but I will try to keep the hype to a dull roar.

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6 Comments

  1. 100% money making scheme. Never liked it. Not even when I was a child. I always played it down for my children. I have been applying the same tactic with other holidays. Now, With children of their own, I am hoping they will see there is always the option to step away from all the commercialism, and waste.

    1. I hope my daughter will also see the commercialism and waste of holidays and consumerism when she gets older. I do my best.

  2. I’ve never liked Halloween. Part of that is my raising. More, though, is that it doesn’t make sense as a Christian holiday.

    With Christmas and Easter (as examples) include a lot of pagan traditions in how they have historically been celebrated in western culture. But, at least, as a Christian, I know I am celebrating Christ’s birth and Christ’s resurrection. Yes, it may be over-commercialized and over-paganized…but that’s a matter of how one celebrates more than whether one celebrates.

    With Halloween, I just never saw a reason for Christian celebration. At least for the traditions that have survived in American culture, Halloween is all about witches, goblins, death, fear, demanding gifts, threatening tricks, etc. How does Christ, the Lord of Life fit into such a celebration?

    1. I agree, Joe. I don’t see how Halloween fits with Christianity. I think the Mexican, Day of the Dead holiday, (celebrated on Nov. 1 & 2), is more fitting. They celebrate the lives of those who have passed. I not only dislike the ghouls and goblins, and creepy clowns, but also that emphasis on candy for my kid.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

  3. You know when I was younger, I was mad at my mother-in-law because she didn’t believe in Halloween. It was my favorite holiday as a kid and I felt she was trying to rob my kids of their fun. In hindsight, she was on to something. I love the points you brought out in this article. If I had read this while I was raising my kiddos I believe this may have changed my mind.

    1. Although the article does represent my thoughts and feelings about Halloween, and other holidays for that matter, I’ve still played along and allowed my daughter the experience. But I’ve slowly scaled back on how much I’m willing to do for her for the holiday(s).

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