I got rid of Santa. I tossed out the Easter Bunny. And it may be time to set aside certain staples of Halloween.
I definitely don't want to create in my kids a fondness for anything that is of the occult. But I don't know where to draw the line. I mean, I really like Harry Potter and Glenda and they're both witches. But Halloween has a stronger connection with dark magic than Quiditch and ruby shoes.
I like a certain kind of creepy. Bats, spiderwebs, jack-o-lanterns, full moons, spooky looking trees - don't mind 'em.
But I believe in ghosts and they scare me. If a loved one of mine dies I never want them to come back, not if they love me, too. That's not gonna reassure me, it's gonna force me to move.
And it's good to remember that we're always surrounded by an unseen spiritual world that consists of the good (our guardian angels) and the very bad (demons).
Beyond demons I don't believe in monsters.
I guess I feel like if it's cutesie then it can stay. Like Harry Potter witches, friendly ghosts, black cats, fairies. But anything too dark (a judgement I make based solely on my powers of Mom) can't stay. I don't want to get rid of Narnia, and it's entire population.
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