Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have revealed their Halloween plans, and it looks like their oldest son, Israel, won’t be taking home a bag full of sweet treats on October 31.
Jill and Derick’s firstborn son will turn 3-years-old next month, which means that he’s old enough to enjoy going trick-or-treating on Halloween. However, he won’t be spending Tuesday evening going door-to-door and collecting candy. Instead, the toddler will likely find himself surrounded by college students at a “fall fellowship” event.
On Thursday, Jill took to Instagram to promote an upcoming event being hosted by C3, the Cross Church college ministry that Derick is associated with. To keep college students from attending Halloween parties, the church is inviting them to attend an “international fall fellowship” on October 31. Jill revealed that it will be a family-friendly event, and it will also serve as an alternative to trick-or-treating; it’s scheduled during the prime candy-gathering time of 5:30 to 7 p.m.
“Invite your international friends! Free food, fun and games! Kid are welcome too!” Jill wrote.
Even though Derick Dillard holds a C3 leadership position of some sort, he has not promoted the event on social media. He did, however, recently take to Twitter to inform his followers that he does not share all of the Duggar family’s religious beliefs, so it temporarily looked like there was a chance that Israel might get to go trick-or-treating.
According to Romper, the Duggars don’t do Halloween because of its association to witches and magic, which they believe are part of a “demonic realm.” This means that the young Duggars have probably never seen popular Halloween movies aimed at kids, like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown.
However, Jill and Derick have dressed Israel up in a costume to score some free treats. In 2015, most of the Duggar family went to Krispy Kreme dressed like swashbucklers to take advantage of the doughnut chain’s annual “Talk Like a Pirate Day” promotion. The store was offering free doughnuts to anyone wearing a pirate costume and talking like a pirate. However, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Duggars were criticized for abusing the promotion when they walked away with 14 dozen free doughnuts.
In the book Growing Up Duggar, Jill and her sisters revealed that they spent one Halloween night handing out political pamphlets because their father, Jim Bob, was campaigning for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives. However, they decided to go home because people kept trying to give them sweets.
“People were offering us candy and telling us they loved our dresses,” wrote the Duggar girls. “We eventually caught on and suspended our campaign efforts till the next morning.”
While Jill Duggar might be following in her parents’ footsteps by shunning almost all things Halloween, her mother and father have said that they’re okay with their kids visiting pumpkin patches and corn mazes. According to Michelle Duggar, the family’s church also has a “fall celebration” where kids “can play games and receive candy and toys and do all kinds of fun things, like a cake walk.” This is somewhat similar to the October 31 event that Jill is promoting.
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