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Old 10-30-2018, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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I've kept spiritual beliefs out of annual occasions. No problem. Halloween can be simply dressing up, candy, and going door to door. Christmas can be Santa and presents. Celebrating a certain someone's birth can take place everyday, not just once.

People seem to want and need frustration and difficulty. Go ahead, if that's your thing. You're squirming unnecessarily though.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Jewish and don't celebrate Halloween.
I do buy a bunch of candy the day after, though.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:45 PM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Just curious! If this question offends you, it's okay not to answer. I realize this may be personal. But otherwise, feel free to chime in. I'm curious about why people do or don't celebrate Halloween.

For disclosure's sake, I should say I'm agnostic, loosely Buddhist (sometimes) and I do celebrate Halloween. I celebrate it very secularly but I put a heavy emphasis on the season of fall itself and all those images because I've always felt a special connection to this season. I am, however, very fascinated with the "death" imagery and I think it may be because it's something that's scary and taboo, and just once a year we get to sort of laugh at it. It's a tension-reliever.
95% of the churches in my area celebrate Halloween and each has a trunk-or-treat activity.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:47 PM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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My beliefs fit under the expansive Pagan umbrella, so natch, I have no issues with celebrating Halloween. In fact, I have no issues celebrating pretty much anything.


But since moving to the edge of civilization a few years ago, I haven't had a single trick-or-treater and I miss seeing the little rugrats.
As they say..It's 5 O'clock somewhere.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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I get to dress up like a girl ... I in.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: USA
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I seriously can't stand Halloween, and it has absolutely nothing to do with religion. Our church even sponsors a Trunk or Treat. I participated in it as a child and wasn't even crazy about it back then. I have met a total of three other people in my life who feel like I do, so I know I'm in the minority. I definitely don't begrudge anybody the fun of celebrating it if that's what they want, but I'll leave my husband in the living room to get up and answer the door every two minutes while I curl up under the covers in my bed and watch TV.
I'm pretty much like that about ALL holidays. I do enjoy Halloween (and other celebrations) as long as they don't require too much effort on my part.

I'm a former conservative Christian, for the record, and I didn't feel any different about Halloween then, than I do now: I don't enjoy gore and horror, but I like the cutesy, fun stuff.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Baptist, southern style and yes have always celebrated Halloween. So have all the churches I have attended. However I do get the Halloween is evil pamphlets every year from a couple local churches.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Liberal human here, no religion and have had many fun Halloweens. Was still going out with grandkids when I was in my 60's, now at 80, don't even eat candy. Taking care of what's left of health too important.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Venus
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I was brought up in both a Jewish & Episcopal household. Today, I am a Pagan. I have ALWAYS loved Halloween-not so much the spooky stuff. I love the idea of costumes and dressing up. It was the only time of year when I can do it and get away with it. Unfortunately, as a kid, I didn't have too much help with my costumes and they were always pretty lame.

Today, as a Pagan, I light candles for loved ones who are no longer with us as I pass out candy to the little ghosts & goblins who come knocking at our door. As for dressing up, well-what I wear is still pretty lame-a black dress with a cheapo witch's hat. But, two years ago I bought a cape and wear that instead of my hat.


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Old 10-30-2018, 03:38 PM
 
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I do not "celebrate" it so much as we "partake" in it. I think that is an important distinction as the former suggests some level of investment in the history and meaning and culture and inferences behind it. The latter means nothing more than enjoying tradition and festivity.

I like the basic idea of what Halloween is today - which is the personification of - and the giving of form to - our fears and demons and monsters. And then turning them into something we mock - laugh at or about - enjoy - and otherwise dispel the negatives of in cathartic revelry.

I think it quite beneficial at the psychological level for children even more so for this reason. To see their night fears and monsters personified and turned into objects of revelry and debauchery and fun.

So yes I would be much more invested in Halloween than - say - Christmas. My kids are 4 and 8 at the moment and I have never done the Santa Claus thing with them. Never told them he exists - brings presents - or any of that nonsense. I see no benefit to it at any level - like I do with Halloween.
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