this article why it's called the Christian's "second most important holiday") and we are ALL about celebrating it in the neighborhood! (I love this video from Desiring God Ministries: When Halloween Demands a Gospel Explanation)
It's an amazing holiday, indeed.
This year we had Elsa, the ice queen, (from Disney's hit movie, "Frozen") and a football player. Though Jameson is a man of few words, one thing he ALWAYS clearly communicates to us when he watches a football game on tv is how badly he wants a helmet!
So today was his lucky day.
|playing football in the front yard|
|Anna and Elsa waiting for candy|
So once our trick-or-treating was over, we headed home to experience Halloween in our new neighborhood.
And boy, can you say DISAPPOINTMENT.
Maybe it's because there aren't that many little kids around here. Maybe it's because our neighborhood is slowly on the "up." Maybe it's because people are poor and don't have excess money to buy candy. Maybe it's because most of those that do participate in Halloween go to more affluent neighborhoods or alternative events.
Whatever the reason, we were sad to see our new community so dead on one of the most lively and potentially "neighborly" evenings of the year.
Less than 5 porch lights were on, and you better believe, we went to every single one of them. (one house had it's light on accidentally, ha!) We shook hands and met the neighbors. We were their only trick-or-treaters of the night. Some said we were the only trick-or-treaters they've had in YEARS.
Not acceptable, people. This place can do so much better!
So the work is cut out for us next year. Somehow, we've got to start bringing Halloween back to this neighborhood!
(not to mention, they got a ton of exercise in the process!)
Seeing the joy on their faces couldn't have made me any happier.
I love Halloween.