Posts tagged ‘Halloween’

October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

by pastortimfowler

Halloween is here! The Great Pumpkin has arrived! And I am still saying, what’s the big deal? Halloween has always been the least favorite of holidays for me, even when I was a kid. I even waited late in the day to blog about it because I couldn’t think of much to say. What it the big deal about dressing up like someone else and going door to door asking for candy by using a phrase, that if it were taken literal, would make a lot of people mad when they got the trick?
I know a lot of fellow Christians and pastors who make a big deal of Halloween because it is the Devil’s night. Like every other night is free from demons? Then they try to fool everybody into thinking that the “Fall Festival” the church is having is not a Halloween party in costume as a fall festival. I have spent my entire pastor career trying to figure out why church people will not let their church celebrate Halloween at the church building, but everyone who has a kid, and some who don’t, celebrate it at home.
What about the same parents who complain about their kids getting jacked up on sugar throughout the year but take the same jacked up kids to get 50 gallon bags full of candy on Halloween. Is it like these kids will be better behaved because they were wearing a costume when they got it?
Some of the costumes that I see are quite crazy to figure out. I see wives dressed like hookers all the time on Halloween. Why won’t they dress that way any other time. It might spice up the marriage. Besides, these same wives who dress like hookers, okay, not all are hookers, but they sure look like it has something to do with sex, are the ones that complain when their husbands look at the women that they (wives) say dress like hookers. I only wish every wife would think about how confusing that is to us men. We are so weak and pitiful.
Guys don’t have a set costume that they wear. They seem to go for the random, whatever pops into my mind, way of choosing a costume. I think it would be much more fun if the guys put on the sexy outfits and complained when other wives looked. Somehow I think that there would be far less fighting about that one.
I don’t get it. I guess I will just play along when the wife comes home in her french maid outfit tonight. I just hope she brings some candy corn.

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October 21, 2011

What To Do, What To Do?

by pastortimfowler

As the weekend rolls in and the workweek ends, it is time to think about what to do with the family. If you are like most, money is tight and many are choosing to sit home and yell at the kids and make the wife clean house while dads watch football. Sure this sounds great, but I want to give you some suggestions that might score a few brownie points with the family and don’t cost a whole lot.
One thing I like to do is catch a football game on the weekends, but NFL and NCAA games are expensive and usually sold out this late in the season unless you are a Panthers fan, and then who really cares. But there are a lot of smaller colleges that have teams and the tickets are very cheap and they rarely get an enthusiastic crowd. What if you took the family there and tailgated with several other families from your church and everyone act as if they were at “the big game”? If you don’t have a small college, do it with a local High School team. If everyone has a good time you are a hero, and if not, you didn’t waste much money and are close to home.
This is a great time of year for driving to a pumpkin patch, taking a hay ride, or driving around to look at fall colors. Before you leave, you can make some hot apple cider, bake some cookies and tell everyone to have the cameras ready. If you don’t like or can’t make cider, maybe the preferred drink would be to heat up some good ol’ cow squeezin’s and make hot chocolate. For the ride to look at the fall colors, you don’t even have to spend much in gas. Ride around your town and judge the best trees in town, either in different neighborhoods, or public parks.
Many churches are doing fall festivals now. These are usually free, with lots of activities for the family. If your church is doing one and you aren’t working it, check out a few other churches and spread the love. Some churches even have their versions of haunted trails and “helloween” dramas. I would check out the age appropriateness before choosing these.
If the weather is nice and none of these seem appealing, you can always spend the day at a park. This is a great time of year to walk a nature trail, swing and climb monkey bars. Take the portable grill or a picnic basket and make a day of it. Have the kids make a leaf collection them go home and iron the leaves between wax paper.
Then there is the old faithful, movie night. Pick something that everyone has seen a bunch of times and randomly yell out the lines before they are said. Make up alternate lines that you would rather have them say. Of course you will need plenty of popcorn and drinks and don’t forget the Milk Duds, or as I like to call then, Cow Squeezin’s Duds.
There is no excuse for not having fun this weekend with your family. If you don’t have a family, I will lend you mine. I hate doing this kind of stuff…just kidding. One last thing that you can do with the whole family is rake the leaves into a pile then take turns jumping into them. This will get that pesky yard work done and have a little fun too.
Now you have no excuses for not having an answer when someone asks, What to do, what to do?