|Norman Rockwell, Hallowe'en 1925|
|Norman Rockwell, Hallowe'en 1920|
Let's take a stroll down memory lane and see how our parents and grandparents celebrated Halloween as children:
|Halloween circa 1948|
|Halloween circa 1950|
|1958 School Halloween Party at the Kansas School for the Deaf|
|Halloween circa 1960|
|Class picture from a school Halloween party taken in the 1970s|
|School Halloween Party circa 1975|
|Carving Pumpkins in 1977|
|Halloween 1977, Rebecca Grace and Susan Nicole|
Of course, the best Halloween costumes are always the homemade ones. My mom made my brother an R2-D2 costume one year, and Janice the Manice was Princess Leah in her nightgown with Reebok sneakers on her feet. I'm pretty sure that flower thing on top of her head was a little silk flower ring that went around a scented candle from our dining room table.
|Lars's First Halloween, duck costume made by me with the help of Mom & Grammy|
|Halloween 2006: Anders, Bernie & Lars|
If you google things like "anti halloween schools" and "halloween banned schools" you will find, as I did, that a mostly misinformed minority of parents is being allowed to impose their wishes on the rest of us, and the schools are just trying to avoid controversy so they can focus on education. I actually found where one woman claimed that having a classroom Halloween party is like forcing all children to fast in observance of Ramadhan. Excuse me? Whatever the roots of Halloween may or may not have been in Europe in the 16th century or earlier, it has always been a widespread and completely secular holiday in the United States. No one is suggesting seances and human sacrifices, and most of the little kids would rather dress up as Disney princesses and superheroes than witches or skeletons anymore. Give me a break. If you'd like to argue with me about this, feel free to comment.
Anyway, we're looking forward to celebrating Halloween at our house this year. Our decorations are up outside, and tomorrow morning we're going in costume to a Charlotte Symphony Lollipops concert to listen to spooky orchestral music, then carving our pumpkins in the afternoon. Sunday after church, the boys will be doing early trick-or-treating with their Kids In Christ youth group to collect donations for Loaves & Fishes to feed those in the community who are in need. Then after dinner, as soon as it gets dark, it's trick-or-treat time in the neighborhood!
I hope you and your families all have a wonderful weekend, regardless of how you choose to celebrate -- or not celebrate -- Halloween.