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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Mommy Why?
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560438231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560438236
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Halloween! Do you know the truth behind the dressing up and trick-or-treating that are important parts of this holiday? If not, you and your parents need to read this book.

Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween? helps children understand why Christians shouldn't celebrate Halloween. It reveals, in story form, the truth behind the activities that have become such an accepted part of Halloween traditions. Children who read this book and talk about it with their parents will learn how the "fun" of Halloween harms them. They will also learn what to say to others who do not understand the true meaning of Halloween.

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Mommy, Why Don't We Celebrate Halloween? helps children understand why Christians shouldn't celebrate Halloween. It reveals, in story form, the truth behind the activities that have become such an accepted part of Halloween traditions. Children who read this book and talk about it with their parents will learn how the "fun" of Halloween harms them. They will also learn what to say to others who do not understand the true meaning of Halloween.

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It was very educational for me!
shawna
It's been a good addition to our family library to get out each Fall with our decorations and re-read.
Rosanna Lindeman
There is NO basis in history or fact for this.
Diane

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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By R. Lemarr on October 18, 2010
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Scripture tells us why we shouldn't celebrate Halloween or even imitate it. And that's where we need to go to find the truth about it. For my Christian brothers and sisters who defend Halloween and decide to resort to name calling or fake outrage, these are for you..and I pray God speaks to your heart and you can no longer defend it in the face of His truth:

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 ("Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.")
James 1:27 ("keep oneself from being polluted by the world")
3 John 1:11 ("do not imitate what is evil")
Romans 12:9 ("abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.")
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft)
Ephesians 5:11-12 ("Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness" / "live as children of light")
1 Timothy 4:1 (don't "follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons")
1 Corinthians 10:21 (You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.)
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 ("what fellowship can light have with darkness?")
Philippians 4:8 (think about pure, lovely, noble things)
1 Corinthians 11:1 ("follow the example of Christ")
1 Corinthians 10:31 ("whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God")
James 4:7-8 (submit yourselves to God / resist the devil / purify your hearts)
Ezekiel 44:23 ("...teach my people... to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.")
Proverbs 22:6 ("train a child in the way he should go")
Matthew 18:6 ("if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin...")
Hosea 4:6 ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
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172 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Van Scott on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I applaud the author's attempt to foster Christian values in a secular and often anti-religious society. However, equating trick or treating with Devil worship is uniformed and grossly misguided.
It's true that Halloween has its origins in pagan religions, however these were NATURE worshipers, NOT Satan worshipers! Ignorant of the truth, these Druids and Celts tried to manage in a hostile and unknowable world. When Christianity came to Ireland, it was embraced and celebrated. Residual practice of some Halloween customs continued as a cultural, NOT religious observence, in much the same way not all people who celebrate St. Partick's Day are Roman Catholic.
More disturbing, Winwood reveals a rather ugly prejudice by describing the Pope's moving of All Saints Day to November 1 in the 7th century to supplant Halloween as "playing Let's Make a Deal with the devil". A "Christian" book for children is hardly the place to vent such anti-catholic hate mongering, and it smacks of the "My Jesus is better than your Jesus" mindset. (She also seems to forget that December 25 was likewise once the pagan holiday Saturnalia, "Christianized" to replace the earlier feast by papal writ. So is celebrating Christmas on that date equally Satanic?)
Last, she misses the message that Christ HAS conquered death and Satan, eradicating fear of the unknown. What was once a dark pagan feast is now a time for candy, costumes, and visiting neighbors --- what a wonderful example of "good conquering evil" and "light overcoming darkness"!
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53 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
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I think that Halloween is an issue that Christians either find absolutely abhorent or no big deal. For those of us who choose *not* to celebrate October 31st, this is a great book to have. It explained to my children why we don't do all that stuff, without going into really scary detail.
I don't see the prejudice described by the previous reviewer. Instead, I saw history described accurately. Yes, both Christmas and Halloween [and Easter, too] were changed from pagan observances to Christian celebrations to appease the people. However, while Christmas and Easter have remained Christian celebrations, I don't see that as happening with Halloween.
Therefore, for us, this book is a useful tool. Others, who have decided to ignore the bad and celebrate the good, may find the book "Halloween, You For Real?" more to their liking.
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44 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Paula Taylor on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Around fall time every year, the stores fill with every conceivable Halloween item. That's why I'm so glad to have this book to explain to my son why we don't celebrate this holiday.
The book is clear and conceice as to the origins of Halloween and the biblical reasons why Christians shouldn't participate. It is written in an easy to understand format and I think the author did a wonderful job.
It's hard enough as Christians to take a stand for Jesus in today's world, especially when holidays such as Halloween come up. This book helps both parents and kids give and answer to those who question our actions. Great job!
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By shawna on January 9, 2007
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We don't celebrate Halloween, but I find it really hard for my 5 and 7yr old to understand. We know lots of christians that do celebrate it, which can make our decision ever harder. It is hard for them to always be "missing out"! This book helped them to understand how Halloween began. It was very educational for me! We want to teach all things to the Glory of God and as a mom I fall short in so many ways. I am glad to find a book that helps them to understand why we choose to different and that it isn't something they are "MISSING" out on!
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