i hate halloween.

i hate halloween.

I hate this holiday I would personally love if we could just skip straight from 30october and hop right on into December. Heck I would even take the week after thanksgiving! (but that is a story for a different day) Where was I. Yes, I hate despise loathe halloween, I ahbor most of what is associated with it, well besides cute little kids, and buying 75 cent bags of candy corn the day after. But that is <partially> besides the point. I remember back in the {good ole} days, getting so excited the week the stores started putting everything out for halloween, I loved picking my costume – which usually ended up being a disney princess or a gymnast/dancer. I always loved it because it gave me a chance to be someone else, someone that my clumsy body may never get the chance to really be. But once I got into junior high, the stigma wore off, as did the gleeful joy of pursuing a years worth of candy in one night.

When we moved to Utah in 2001, there was one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb – and it was bigger then even the states own “independence day” – halloween. Each year, a month prior to the dreadful date, a new halloween “express” or “___ enter obnoxious statement here” would open up approximately .7 miles away from another store. And of course they were always packed. Why? I have never seemed to understand how such a satanic/wordly holiday is so highly celebrated in a place that is so religiously orientated?

It didn’t take long for me to see high schoolers, even college aged “trick-or-treaters” on these dreary nights, and that is when the bitterness set in. I have always seen halloween as a children’s holiday, a day to dream to be something you have not yet become. To be a nurse, a dancer, a transformer, a police officer or fireman, a pumpkin, an elf. Dream it up & be it. But I am sheerly frightened at the sights that I have been seeing, even in the children’s aisles of costumes there are bloody & goorey. How on earth is this geared towards our children?!

Sawyer & I took photos at our churches “trunk-or-treat” to create a safe alternative for kids walking the streets at night & showing them that everything can be done safely. Here are a few photos from this morning, breeze on over to my facebook page or my flickr for more of them! As well, I begrudgley decided to buck it up and dress up for a friends party. I was Princess Leigh & Sawyer was a Jedi Knight, our costumes were kick-a however, I may have stolen the idea from a fellow blogger.