5 Ways to Redeem Halloween


Blog 10.17fixedHalloween can be a scary time of year for
children’s ministers, with congregations sometimes divided about
how to treat it. I have heard some say we shouldn’t recognize it in
any way. I’m of the mind-set that any outreach we can provide
families as a positive alternative to Halloween is something we
should do. That’s why we always held a fall festival at my

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It’s always a plus when we can take something like Halloween and
use it for God. Fall fest preparations are under way at many
churches, so I wanted to share with you some tricks and treats to
help make this year’s celebration the best.


1. The Skit Guys. If you haven’t visited their
website yet, do it now. Not only do they have
cool skits and scripts, you can also download promotional videos
for your fall fests, trunk-or-treats, and even your Holy Ghost
Weenie Roasts! The promos are downloadable and easily customizable,
letting you put your logo and event information on top of their

2. Allergy-free is the way to be. Halloween
candy is the best. But I never considered all the kids out there
who have allergies. Group recently held an event for kids and
included allergy-free (no nuts, no chocolate) candy bags. The kids
lit up when they got their own special bags, and the parents were
appreciative. If you are like me and never considered allergy-free
candy bags, this is the year to start! (You might also consider
providing small toy bags for candy-free families.)

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3. Weird Science. Along with a trunk-or-treat,
my church hosts a fall fest with games and activities. We have the
standard favorites, like a cakewalk, beanbag toss, and pie-eating
contest, but we also put on a short “Mad Scientist” show. Kids
would gather in a room decorated like a crazy laboratory and do fun
science experiment devotions. We did things like sprinkle pepper in
a small pan of water and demonstrate how it scatters when a little
dish soap is added. Then we compared it with how the pepper is like
sin and the soap is like Jesus. A highlight of the fest came at the
end when we would do the classic mints and diet soda gusher

4. Face time. The face-painting booth is always
a hit. While you have kids sitting down and (almost) still, have
your face painters ready to tell a story or Bible point that goes
along with the things they are painting. If a boy wants a
jack-o-lantern, remind him that God lights up our lives. If a girl
wants a tiara, explain that she is God’s princess.

5. Dress-up themes. I love to dress up in
costumes for our fall events. At last year’s trunk-or-treat, my
wife and I dressed as characters from a popular bird vs. pig app.
We always specified “no scary costumes” on all of our flyers, but
we would usually have a few kids who came dressed up in classic
movie killer garb. One way you can cut down on that is to have
themed events. For example, have a superhero fest where everyone
dresses like a hero.Angry -bird


Make sure to check out
Slime Time
Heroes Unmasked
, and
The Great Tomb Raid
for some easy but incredible fall fest
ideas as well.

We want to know what events you put on in the fall! Let us know
what your kids love and what didn’t work as well! Leave a comment
in the box below!



About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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