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 are 6 reasons I’m not interested in participating in Halloween. They are in no particular order and contribute to our 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 Wednesday 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 early 40’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 a 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 know there are several Christ-followers that use the day as an opportunity to share the Gospel, especially in America, but for me in Australia, it’s no.
- I’m a HSP (1 in 5 people are 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
- For several years, I had a very unique career/job/calling. My wife and I have spent a significant amount of our years 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
If you think I’m getting too legalistic or am fear based? Just do some careful research behind Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) Survivors, witchcraft, the occult and Halloween. Exercise some wisdom as you search – it may be disturbing.
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 ghouls, ghosts, skeletons and death related.
Let’s please keep the conversation and comments civil and responsible.