Sunday, November 9, 2008

Trick or Treat

Halloween was very tricky this year. Somehow we've gotten away from the traditional trick or treating and it has become something very different all together. We didn't really start "doing" Halloween until we had kids, but even then it's always been at a church 'carnival' or something similar, never the door to door knocking, etc. I know that most of that got lost in fear over tainted candy or child predators, but it seems now that it's a little safer than it once was.

Well, now our church has stopped having their annual carnival and challenged their members to get out in their community and meet their neighbors and invite them to our church using special made candy boxes. Our Sunday school class has taken it a step further and for the past two years, we've organized our own little mini-carnival at a couples house that's in our class. We have a bounce house, carnival games, candy (of course) and this year we had cookie decorating and a photo-opp set up for people to get a cute picture taken in their costumes. We handed out nearly 200 boxes and met lots of new people, and took those opportunities to invite them to our church. This was great and a good opportunity to share Christ with others, and yet I feel like the kids are missing out on the novelty and tradition of Trick or Treating...but I also think it's important to teach them to serve and care about others. So my delima is, what I will do next year...we'll just have to see.

We also try and visit my grandma and grandpa who both live at an assisted living center and cheer up all the old people. This was also tricky this year and we didn't actually make it over there until Sunday night. (Two days after Halloween...oh well, most of the people who live there don't even know what day it is, so they were thrilled to see them in their costumes.)

So, maybe next year we will just pass the candy boxes out door to door as we go trick or treating? We'll just have to wait and see. Until then, here are some pictures of Sir Cooper the knight, Super Why (Conner) and Carter my sweet little candy corn (this was Trinity's costume that Tracy made for her a few years ago.)

Super Why to the rescue!

Don't you just want to eat him up!

My Knight in shining armor!

Too cute to spook!

Conner and G.G's dog Kiki

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Tracy said...

We did the traditional Trick or Treating this year and Trinity loved it. You should definitely do it next year and pass out the "mix and meet" then!

starnes family said...

Precious costumes. Really love the candy corn!

We've taken our kids to assisted living homes, too, and I hope to go next year. The people there love to see the children, touch their baby soft skin, remember their youth through our kids. I was so happy we went.

Whatever you choose, I know you and Day will make it wonderful for your little circus!

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