A fun and creative Halloween alternative for ages
1. Let's Pretend--Have the children put on
animal costumes and pretend to be animals. Lead the children on a
parade around your classroom. Tape-recorded march music is optional
but sure adds to the fun. March the children into the story area
and sit in a circle. If you have time, choose different animals and
have another parade.
2. Special Creations -- (Supplies: Bible.)
Say: It's fun to pretend to be animals. Let's play
a game about animals and plants. I'll call out names of animals and
plants. If I name an animal, hop. If I name a plant, flap your
Call out the following names, pausing between each one: dog,
flower, monkey, bush, squirrel, tree, and cow.
Say: The Bible tells us that God made all the
animals and plants.
Read aloud Genesis 1:11-12, 20-21 in an
easy-to-understand translation. Say: Who made the
world? Who made the animals? Who made you? On Halloween, we can
celebrate God's wonderful creation by dressing up as things that
3. Look and See -- (Supplies: card stock,
scissors for older children, markers, overhead transparencies, and
glue sticks.) Before the lesson make a pattern for glasses and cut
out one pair for each child from card stock (older children can cut
out their own glasses). Also cut out "lenses" from overhead
transparencies for each child.
Say: Let's make dress up glasses so we can see
all the things that God made. Help children glue their lenses to
their glasses, and allow kids to decorate the glasses with markers.
Have children put on their glasses and play a game of I Spy.
Describe things you see that God made, and have kids guess what
they are. For example, say: I see something tall with leaves that
4. Closing Prayer: Thank you, God, for creating
us and our eyes to see the wonderful world. And thank you for the
fun we can have by pretending, not only at Halloween, but all year
Mark von Ehrenkrook is a children's and family pastor in
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