To help take the “Scare” out of Halloween, use this preteen lesson to help kids trust Jesus when they’re afraid…
1. Pumpkin Matchup — Remove the seeds and pulp from two pumpkins. Carve the pumpkins, reserving large pieces from your carving. Place all the pumpkin pieces on one tray in the center of the room. Place the carved pumpkins at opposite ends of the room. Then form two teams and have teams each stand by a carved pumpkin.
Say: Race to match your team’s pumpkin pieces to your pumpkin. If the piece you pick doesn’t match up, return it to the pumpkin pile. Work together to get your pumpkin back together.
After the game, say: It’s not always easy to find the right match for things. As Christians, our goal is to do things that match up with God’s Word. But we have an enemy who doesn’t want us to follow God’s Word.
2. Fight for the Light — Say: Today we’re going to learn how to protect ourselves from our enemy-the devil. Let’s play a game where we need to protect something.
Form two lines with a 1-foot aisle between the lines. Have kids in each line face the aisle. Have one child walk down the aisle holding a cotton ball in his or her open palm. Have kids in line try to blow the cotton ball out of the child’s hand. The cotton-ball carrier must protect the cotton ball without closing his or her hand. Once the player makes it through the line or the cotton ball is blown away, pass the cotton ball to the next person in line, alternating between lines. Players go to the end of the line after their turn.
After everyone has had a turn, ask: How did you feel walking between the lines while others tried to blow away your cotton ball? How did you feel when your cotton ball was blown away? when it wasn’t?
Say: The Bible says Jesus is the light, but the devil tries to blow out the light. How does the devil try to blow out Jesus’ light? When have you felt like the devil tried to blow out your “Jesus light”? How can you protect yourself from getting your Jesus light blown out? Say: The Bible says we can protect ourselves from the devil.
Have children read aloud Ephesians 6:10-20.
3. Godly Costumes — Say: During Halloween, many people like to wear scary costumes. Let’s be ready when evil comes our way by putting on a godly costume. Form pairs. Have each partner lie down on a sheet of butcher paper while the other partner draws an outline of their body. Have children use a variety of art supplies to create godly costumes based on the Scripture. After kids are finished, ask: What are some things you can do this week to put on God’s armor to protect you from evil?
4. Prayer Light — Gather kids in a circle. Go around the circle with each person praying “Dear God, help me remember to put on my godly costume every day. Amen.”
Allergy Alert: Some children have food allergies that can be dangerous. Know your children, and consult with parents about allergies their children may have.
5. Snack — Food For Thought-You’ll need: Apple slices, peanut butter, mini marshmallows, and blunt knives Directions: Have children spread peanut butter on their apple slices. Then have them stick four mini marshmallows to the peanut butter to make “smiles.” Say: We feel happy when God protects us and keeps us safe. When we feel happy, we smile. Turn and give each other a big smile. Then enjoy eating your apple smile.
Susan Grover is a children’s minister in California.
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