Do you celebrate Halloween?

  1. a couple of posters said it was dull around here the past few days, so i thought i would see if i could stir the pot a little. :d halloween is coming up, and i was wondering how many of you celebrate halloween. some believe that is all right to celebrate this holiday, while others consider it a no-no due to its pagan origins. i know most public schools now have a "fall party" instead of a halloween party so they don't offend students and parents. so, where do you stand?
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  3. by   whipping girl in 07
    I'm so sick of people being "offended" by everything! Next it will be a "Winter" party so as not to offend the little kids' parents who don't celebrate Christmas.

    I have a unique perspective to celebrating holidays as I have been on both sides of the issue. When I was 10 years old, my dad decided we weren't going to celebrate holidays anymore because they were not in the Bible. At first it was weird but you know what, I didn't miss much. I got more stuff at my birthday instead.

    After I got married, my husband's family celebrates holidays and now so do I. I believe just because it's not mandated by the Bible doesn't mean we can't do it (it's not like the Bible says DON"T celebrate Christmas).

    As for the pagan tradition associated with Halloween, there is also a pagan tradition associated with Christmas and Easter. In fact, the early Church incorporated these celebrations into the Church and changed them around to make them "Christian." Probably to attract new members ("See, you can be a Christian and still have your pagan holidays; we just won't call them pagan anymore!")

    We celebrate Halloween. I cook a gumbo and we live in a small community so the kids still trick-or-treat. We will decorate the house soon and we've already got our costumes. I'm going to help at Ian's Halloween party at school and hand out treats to the kids that come to my door that night dressed as a witch. I requested the night off work. I think it's fun.

    Oh, yes, I also have a Halloween scrub jacket and socks that I wear to work. And I ride my broom to work when the car won't start!
  4. by   nursegoodguy
    Hey Konni!
    Wow! You said it! The Christian churches were also built on the foundations of pagan churches! Funny how the holidays coincide with the pagans holidays too...
    Yes, I Love Halloween! One of my favorite holidays! It's not like I am celebrating the devil or anything like that, it's just FUN! I have a favorite patient that I bought halloween socks for... everybody gets a kick out of his pumpkins on his feet as he goes wheeling up the halls!
    BoooooooBoooooooooooo
  5. by   CashewLPN
    Good post konni...

    I do celebrate Halloween, and its pagan counterpart, Samhain...
    I celebrate Easter and its pagan counterpart, Ostara
    I celebrate Christmas and its pagan counterpart Yule...

    For halloween, I get dressed in costume, and give out the candy... its basically, roleplay in my house, which is nice...
    This year, I'm an Faerie.... pointy ears and all...

    Spookily yours
    --Barbara
  6. by   shygirl
    Good post Konni!

    Yes, I do celebrate Halloween too. I love it. All the candy, all the treats, all the hot apple cider, Boy, am I hungry!

    Shygirl
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    I wanna be a fairy this year too!
    Hmmm on second thought maybe I'll not be a fairy this year? I'll go as a football player instead!
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Excellent post Konni! Very well said!

    Heather
  9. by   tiger
    i agree with nurse goodguy. i think it is all about having fun, and not to be taken so seriously. too many people are offended by too many things these days!
  10. by   rebelwaclause
    Feed me candy, and I'll forget its a pagan holiday. Hehehehehe...Just kidding. But wait...If a fight will start, I wasn't kidding. Pagans are going to hell, Yeah... And burn too, Ooooo and their feet stink too!!!!!
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by tiger
    too many people are offended by too many things these days!
    HEY! I take offense at that!

    Heather
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    no, i don't celebrate halloween (decorating, etc). my children are not deprived from eating goodies and myself from a treat or two. hummm, we eat treats throughout the year.

    they attend events at school and church (harvest fest).

    the best thing about this time of year, i go to the "classic" here in our city. go hornets! sting those bulldogs!
  13. by   Lausana
    Yep, grew up enjoying it as a day for fun, it's my dad's birthday & always a big day...and will be in my own home also.
    I have no idea what we'll be trick-or-treating as yet...I may end up going as the all original "nurse" :chuckle and no clue about my son...although I did see a cute "er doctor" outfit that could easily be modified

    To us it's a fun night for kids, we don't worship the Devil, so there's no reason we would think of it as a Devil worshiping holiday, you know! To me, it's what it means to you...and to me it means a good time...and a tooth pain
  14. by   tiger
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    HEY! I take offense at that!

    Heather
    and i take offense that you took offense and er... your feet STINK! whaddaya think of that.

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