Writing about Halloween?

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We are new to sponsoring and writing letters. My children want to write to our sponsored children about Halloween and send a picture of themselves wearing costumes (not scary). Is this okay? 
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Teresa Dawn

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Depending on what the costumes are ( I wouldn't send something "magical" but sending a photo of a kid dressed like a bumble bee would probably be fine), it could be okay to send the picture, but I wouldn't mention Hallowe'en specifically as it is against Compassion's terms.  This holiday has links to witchcraft/wiccan religion in many countries.  Maybe just write a letter about the autumn season and say that "There is a day in autumn where kids enjoy dressing up in costumes" as a brief mention without going into detail.  
(I'm not staff, but have been sponsoring for many years.  Staff will likely be on to give a more detailed response later today)
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Kristin, here in the US, Halloween is a time to take our kids out and get free candy from generous neighbors. In Latin American countries, the spiritual association is prominent. It’s associated with the Day of the Dead and is often celebrated with altars built to dead relatives — something the evangelical Christian community stays away from. I know it is a bummer but please avoid mentioning Halloween and going into detail about what you are doing on this day out of respect for the cultures that our sponsored kids live in. That said, you are welcome to send a photo of your kids dressed up and say (again as long as it is not scary) that they wanted to dress up for fun. 
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Thank you! I appreciate the responses! We will skip writing about it. 

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