To help take the “Spook” out of Halloween, use these
lessons to help kids trust Jesus when they’re
1. Safety First — Show magazine pictures of
things that may help children feel safe; for example, a picture of
someone wearing a helmet while bike-riding. Have kids identify the
item in the picture that would help them feel safe. Ask kids to
name things that help them feel safe when they’re scared.
2. Light the Way — Say: Jesus
cares for us when we’re scared. Gather children at one end of the
room with you standing at the opposite end with a flashlight. *Say:
When you see the light, come toward me. When the light goes
When kids reach you, play again several times. For added fun,
turn out the lights. *Say: Dark places can be scary. But just like
this flashlight helped us find our way, Jesus helps us feel safe
when we’re afraid.
Paraphrase Mark 4:35-41.
3. Pumpkin Glow — Cut apart cups of an egg
carton to make a candle base. Poke a small hole in the bottom of
each cup. Give each child one egg cup and one yellow pipe cleaner.
Have children each fold their pipe cleaner and put it through the
base of the cup (see illustration). Kids can decorate their
“candle” base with paints, glitter, macaroni, and dried pumpkin
seeds. (Use markers to decorate styrofoam bases.) Have children
take their candles home and place them in a small carved pumpkin.
Remind kids that Jesus is the light and takes care of us when we
4. Jesus Is the Light — Lead children in
singing the following words to the tune of “The Farmer in the
Dell”: Jesus is the light, Jesus is the light, Jesus is the light
all right, Jesus is the light.
5. Snack — See “Food for Thought” found
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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
Susan Grover is a children’s minister in California. Please
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