Help kids serve others. Send home letters to parents requesting a
donation of a Halloween treat, such as individually wrapped
lollipops, chewing gum, or candy bars. Sort the treats into
different containers and place them on a table.
Have each child select either an orange or white lunch bag and
decorate it with black and orange markers. The children can then
fill the decorated bags with treats from the table. Fold and staple
the top of each bag.
A few days before Halloween, take the children to deliver the
treat bags to a nursing home, a women's shelter, or a homeless
REDEEMING THE DAY
Rather than avoiding Halloween, transform it with these ideas:
- Have a party where people dress up like famous people in
literature or the Bible.
- Hold a memorial service for those Christians who've died this
- Go Halloween caroling with the good news message.
- Have a party with a Christian illusionist doing gospel
- Hold a candlelight service on Halloween night to pray for the
neighborhood children's safety.
- Make Halloween banners promoting Christ's victory over
- Give away angel food cakes.
- Greet one another with "Happy Halloween! Jesus has
- Take photos of trick-or-treaters, get their addresses, and mail
the photos to them.
- Carve pumpkin heads and put a candle inside as a reminder to
let our lights shine (Matthew 5:16).
- Make a Holy Spirit "comforter" just in time for winter. Have
kids pick out material for this patchwork quilt.
- Think of four special things to do in the four weeks before
Halloween; for example, do something for God, for unchurched
friends, for churched friends, and for family members. Create an
Advent-type program to honor these four relationships at this time
Mark von Ehrenkrook
12 PARTY IDEAS
Try these new party ideas to provide kids a safe place on
- Country Picnic-Eat on the ground, auction boxed dinners, and
invite your "aunts."
- Circus, Circus-Have a "let's pretend" circus complete with
three rings, circus animals, and acts.
- Pumpkin Patch Party-Meet in a pumpkin patch or create a patch
in your church. Carve pumpkins, hold a seed-spitting contest, and
eat pumpkin pie.
- Costume Ball-Have a sports night where different balls are used
for activities, such as a football throw or a three-person
basketball game. Come dressed in costumes, of course.
- Armor of God Party-Make or purchase armored costumes. Discuss
spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12-13).
- Living Library-Have a parade with costumed characters from
favorite books. Create rooms based on themes from books such as Tom
Sawyer, Jurassic Park, or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
- Pie Fair-Have pie judging, pie eating, pie throwing, a pie
raffle, and a pie walk.
- Cider Squeeze-With this apple theme, have apple pies, caramel
apples, and apple games such as bobbing for apples and apple
- Potlatch-Use this American Indian custom of showering gifts.
Shower a poor family with gifts or make blankets for a rescue
mission. Have a walk-a-thon to raise money to purchase
- Fiesta!-Have a pinata, tacos, chips, serapes, luminaries, and
- The Old West-Have pony rides, a barbecue, a dunk tank, a jail
for non-Western wearers, and a hoedown (that's western for
- Noah's Ark-Have kids come in animal costumes. Your pastor can
be Noah. Serve animal crackers. Talk about Christians'
responsibility to care for the animals God has created.
Mark von Ehrenkrook
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