When we discovered that we were expecting Sadie, I began to devour every book I could find on babies and motherhood. I was especially focused on Catholic Motherhood. As I began to read about parenting slightly older kids I began to come across the Halloween Issue.
I'm no stranger to the Halloween Issue. Just like any parenting debate, people have strong views and things can get heated. In second grade my Baptist Sunday School teacher announced to a class of seven and eight year old that it was a sin to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny. Other members of our church had no problem with the holiday.
I don't have any particularly strong views on Halloween, but I have seen and read about things that some parents do that I really like. In one of Susie Lloyd's books (I think that it's in Please Don't Drink the Holy Water) she talks about how they celebrate Halloween. The kids do dress up, but they dress up as Biblical Figures, Angels and Saints. My husband and I saw the same thing when we attended Mass in a town an hour away on All Saint's Day and the local Catholic elementary school kids attended. There were a lot of little Mary's and Joseph's, a handful of angels and a lot of shepherds.
I'm sure our approach to Halloween will develop as our little one gets older. For this year we've been stocking up on Saint Cards (which Sadie is a big fan of) and I'm about to order the cute little board book Our Friends the Saints. I've been reading to Sadie from the Illuminated Lives of the Saints book that we have upstairs and she tolerates the stories, although they are a bit wordy for a one year old.
Nap time's over. I have to run! If anyone has any suggestions or ideas about what they do for Halloween, or if you just want to share your opinion I'd love to hear it!