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Movie Night Fun


I had an amazingly fun, fabulous Lifestyle photo session this morning. I can’t wait to dig in and edit and share more of these photos and this family’s story.

This evening we are having a movie night complete with goody bags, juice (pop for the teens) and homemade pizza. The kids are decorating bags that I will fill later and are quite excited.

Our kids don’t go Trick-or-Treating. Chuck and I were both raised in Pentecostal homes where Trick-or-Treating and “celebrating” Halloween were simply not acceptable activities. When our children were younger we did nothing different on Halloween. It is not day either of us were used to celebrating and so we didn’t pay attention one way or the other  (the same can be said for Valentine’s Day). In 2012 five of our kids were enrolled in public school and really noticed Halloween for the first time. Halloween night Apollo was in the ICU in Houston, Texas. Adalia called and asked if she could take the kids Trick-or-Treating with some friends, and we said yes. Honestly, I didn’t care what my kids were doing that night, as long as they were safe. Our focus was 100% on Apollo.

Last year our children began discussing the fun they had the year before…Trick-or-Treating simply wasn’t going to happen again (old habits are hard to break) so we planned a fun night. We had dinner with friends, then came home to a movie and goody bags. Everyone had a great time, and just like that a new tradition was started.



  1. Joolzmac

    Here in Australia, I celebrated my first Halloween too! Commercially, I have never liked it but now my two girls are grown up and living away from home, I thought I’d embrace it. I enlisted on a town Facebook site as a participating house, opening for 1.5 hours until 7.30pm. I had about 65 children roll up. It was fun to see their costumes and hand out treats. Good fun had by all.
    I love your idea of making it your own tradition and I’m sure the kiddos had a fun night!

    Cheers – Joolz xx

  2. Kayla

    My husband and I grew up going trick or treating, and we went with our kids for a few years too. We stopped when the dollar store started selling plastic severed limbs and there were very gory house decorations. So now we have Fall Family Fiesta! We buy a new movie and make tasty treats and I might even buy some Halloween candy so the kids don’t feel too deprived. I’m not really opposed to kids going trick or treating, it’s when the adults get involved and make it into a gore fest that I’m really glad we’ve bowed out of this’holiday’.

  3. Vivian

    my kids are grown but i do hand out candy and of course a track showing them the way to accept Christ as their Savior. Maybe one day the kids or the parents will read it. I think what you are doing with our children is a wonderful idea.

  4. Melpub

    Here in Germany, where I live, Hallowe’en’s never quite caught on in the way it is observed in the U.S. I don’t know whether the dressing up and (in former times) the soaping of windows and bashing of doors with sacks of flour had to do with the idea that the day before the saints come out, the wild spirits and witches get a free-for-all OR whether the greeting card companies figured adding plastic pumpkins and costumes to their product line really made the American holiday what it is. But I (who was raised in a home entirely innocent of religion) make jack o’ lanterns with my kids every year, and they sit in front of our house lighting up the dark street down which no trick-or-treaters walk. (sob!) But our neighbor kindly agreed to let our kids trick or treat . . . and now there’s a new controversy here in Germany! The Lutherans think “Reformationstag” (Reformation Day) is being undermined by the celebration of this (horribly pagan) holiday, Hallowe’en. Awwwwww . . . . . gee.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I took the kids to our local fire station to carve pumpkings. What a mess! I can’t believe people do that every year as a “fun” tradition!

  5. Willemina H

    We always celebrate a Reformer with the kids. The kids dress up to fit the era they have studied. Then they prepare a candlelight dinner while mom gets the night off. They look very forward to it every year.
    I agree that it is important to have alternate traditions because the kids need to feel like they aren’t missing out. If they feel like “everyone else” is having fun and their family is a bunch of prudes they might be drawn into the whole Halloween culture. We are not opposed to dressing up and the candy BUT we have a real problem with celebrating gore, death and devils, etc.
    Sounds like you had a fun, wholesome evening! Long live healthy traditions!!!

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