First off, Happy Pumpkin Day! This was the greeting on a cute card that Jodi received in the mail from her cousin Jake. I like that alternative to saying Happy Halloween. When I was little we always celebrated Halloween by dressing up in fun costumes and sharing candy, and I don’t see the harm in continuing that. But I respect Christians who want to completely avoid this holiday. It certainly does have a very dark side to it. Last night our church held a Trunk-or-Treat event, where we all parked our decorated cars in a big lot in town and passed out candy to probably around 800 kids. I loved seeing the fun costumes. A few favorites were twin Alfalfas from the Little Rascals, a basket of dirty laundry, and a boy whose wheelchair was a trashcan and he was Oscar the Grouch. But I hated the scary costumes. I don’t understand parents who enjoy dressing up kids as young as two years old in horrific, bloody outfits. And I really don’t get the desire to go to things like Trail of Terror and Carnival of Horrors that are advertised around here. Give me Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. That’s about all I can handle! :) Anyway, what are your thoughts on Halloween?
Second, I’m hearing buzz on the ACFW loop and some blogs about NaNoWriMo, and it’s pretty fascinating to me. I think I’d like to try it down the road someday if I ever start writing novels myself. I’d love to hear comments from any of our blog readers who are participating and why. It begins tomorrow!
And finally, I think I have the cutest little Jodi Panda in the world living at my house. I was so proud of her last night when she quickly caught on and wanted to drop the pieces of candy in each trunk-or-treater’s bag herself! Have a great Pumpkin Weekend and keep praying for our country!