Five Halloween Alternatives


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Halloween Alternative Four: Mystery Tour of
— On the weekend of All Saints’ Day
(Halloween), take kids on a two-and-a-half hour mystery tour.
Arrange enough transportation for all the kids in your program.
Plan approximately five stops and arrange for kids to receive a
treat or enjoy an activity at each stop. Here are possible mystery
tour stops:

grocery store — receive an apple;

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park — play a game;

hospital — deliver flowers to patients;

community pool — take a dip;

bowling lanes — bowl a few rounds;

another church — hear a short message;

department store — receive samples; and

homes — have a snack.

At each stop, the children can also give as well as receive. For
example, they could sing a song, make a food donation, or deliver
handmade cards.

If it’s impossible to arrange transportation, then adapt this
mystery tour to your church facility, church grounds, or

Halloween Alternative Five: Family Hayride
Schedule a hayride at a nearby ranch or farm. Or use lawn tractors
and trailers piled with hay on your church grounds. Include a
cookout or campfire with fun outdoor treats. Have a rousing family
sing-along with guitars, ukuleles, banjos, fiddles, and
tambourines. Encourage the children to be part of the band by
playing rhythm instruments to praise God! How about some easy line
dancing? While some people are on the hayride, others could be
involved in movement through line dancing.

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If you want successful alternative Halloween activities,
keep these things in mind.

Publicity — Move away from using bats, witches, and
ghosts in printed publicity pieces. Instead, use nature images such
as trees, cornstalks, food, or leaves.

Costumes — Kids (and most adults) love to dress up. If
you forbid costumes, you’ll spoil half the fun. So allow costumes,
but encourage people to choose positive costumes such as animals;
professions; and sports, Disney, or Bible characters.

Guests — Consider who you could invite to your
festivities. How about other churches, community people, or
children with special needs? Maybe you could even take your party
on the road to a children’s hospital.

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