There are a lot of rules the Duggar family follows. Pretty much all of them are tied into the family's very conservative Christian lifestyle. Girls can't wear pants, they can only watch pre-approved family friendly movies and shows, and they don't use the internet. And don't even get us started on the courting rituals. Chaperoned dates and side hugs? Yep. So it's not really surprising that the Duggar family doesn't celebrate Halloween.
So, what exactly is it about Halloween that causes them not to celebrate? "Magic, sorcery, witches, spell-casting and the like are all part of the demonic realm that God wants us to stay away from. One specific thing that our parents have always been careful about is magic, which often shows up in children's movies. As harmless as it may seem, it's not a joke in God's eyes," the older Duggar girls (Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger) explained in their book Growing Up Duggar.
But just because they don't celebrate Halloween specifically doesn't mean they hate all of fall. They actually quite enjoy fall activities, just not the ones directly related to Halloween. "While we do go to pumpkin patches and corn mazes, we don't do the Halloween thing. From the beginning of our marriage we just kind of felt like we didn't want to celebrate that holiday," Michelle explained in a blog post from several years ago.
"Our church fellowship has had different celebrations through the years that we've been a part of, ones where the children can play games and receive candy and toys and do all kinds of fun things, like a cake walk."
When you look at it that way, it makes sense, at least when you remember it's the Duggar family. Michelle's blog also highlights that she doesn't want her kids to participate in the "pranks and things that go on during Halloween" either, which is fair.
In spite of not celebrating the holiday, they still definitely enjoy fall. They've shared pictures on social media enjoying things like pumpkin picking. And it seems that they dress up, just not for Halloween. A picture from 2015 shows a bunch of the younger kids (plus Jill and her husband Derick) dressed as pirates to get free donuts. Frankly, that is just as good as dressing up for free candy on Halloween.