Halloween Treats

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TREAT BAGS
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.

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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
shelter.
Roxanne Williams
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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
    year.
  • Go Halloween caroling with the good news message.
  • Have a party with a Christian illusionist doing gospel
    magic.
  • Hold a candlelight service on Halloween night to pray for the
    neighborhood children’s safety.
  • Make Halloween banners promoting Christ’s victory over
    death.
  • Give away angel food cakes.
  • Greet one another with “Happy Halloween! Jesus has
    triumphed!”
  • 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
    of year.

Mark von Ehrenkrook
Puyallup, Washington

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12 PARTY IDEAS
Try these new party ideas to provide kids a safe place on
Halloween night.

  • 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
    rolling.
  • 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
    comforters.
  • Fiesta!-Have a pinata, tacos, chips, serapes, luminaries, and
    Mexican music.
  • The Old West-Have pony rides, a barbecue, a dunk tank, a jail
    for non-Western wearers, and a hoedown (that’s western for
    dance).
  • 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
Puyallup, Washington

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