It’s a few days before Halloween and I see ghosts and goblins everywhere! This year, Ellie chose to be Piccachu and Ollie is trick-or-treating as Rainbow Dash. I don’t decorate for Halloween, but my kids do dress up, carve pumpkins, and go trick-or-treating…at least until they’re old enough to know better. It’s hard telling the kids they can’t dress up and go begging for candy. So I don’t even bother. 

african halloween - 1The girls ask if we can decorate, I say, “sure!” and pull out my Autumn decor bin of fake dollar store pumpkins and pine cone garlands. For now, they are happy with decorating, period. I decorate with pumpkins, gourds and pinecones. None of the creepy stuff. I’m sure pretty soon, Ellie will start asking why our front lawn can’t be transformed into a bloody graveyard…like my neighbor’s.

I guess growing up African shaped my preference for keeping Halloween simple and frightening-free. I remember dressing up and going trick-or-treating until I was old enough to understand that Halloween was, “the devil’s holiday.” Not long after that, Halloween-night church service became mandatory.

Halloween is fun. It was for me growing up and it’s certainly fun for the girls. But I guess growing up African cramped my style a bit, because when I see my neighbor’s over-the-top front yard, I can’t help think maybe our African parents had a point.

What’s your view on Halloween? How did ‘growing up African’ shape your view on the holiday?

African parents be like...halloween

Did Growing Up African Shape how you Celebrate Halloween?

  • Yes, and No…I let the kids dress up, but I don't go all out. It's Fun for the kids (100%, 1 Votes)
  • Umm... Halloween is for the devil. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • It doesn't cramp my Halloween Celebrations (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 1

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