After last year`s experience with a non-Halloween party hosted by the local Baptist church
(see here and here )
I have unilaterally decided that DD3 will not be going there this year.
Now she is 7, we have been able to have a long talk about how privileged she is to be Orthodox, and part of the unbroken CHURCH which Christ Himself founded. She now knows that there are lots of other Christian denominations, who all love Jesus but do not have the fullness of Truth which we do, and that their beliefs may sadly be very different from ours.
We have talked about the importance of respecting the rights of others to have varying or even frankly mistaken (I thought heretical was a bit strong for a 7 year old to accidentally let slip at school , LOL ) religious beliefs and the importance of our loving and praying for other Christians too.
The meaning of the word Halloween, and its significance as the start of the celebration of All Saints` Day is now quite clear to her.
So tonight we are going to have a gentle, old-fashioned games-orientated Halloween party at home, after prayers *with incense* at the icon corner to mark the start of the Feast.