A fun and creative Halloween alternative for grades
1. The Good, Bad, and Ugly -- (Supplies: Bible,
newsprint, tape, and markers.) Tape the newsprint to the wall. Say:
At Halloween, some people think of darkness, night, and spooky
things. I know you've seen store displays that are dark and yucky.
Some people like to dress up in dark and spooky costumes, and other
people like to dress up and pretend in nice costumes. Let's make
lists of costumes and put them under two categories: darkness and
light. Name a costume for me, and we'll decide which list to put it
on. Write kids' answers on the newsprint.
When the lists are complete, ask: Which costume list honors God?
Which costumes would Jesus want us to wear? Read aloud John 1:1-9. Ask: What does the Bible say about
God's light? about the darkness? How are these verses like or
unlike what happens at Halloween?
Say: At Halloween, our choice of dress up costumes and
the things we pretend and play can honor God, the God of Light.
2. Flashlight Hike -- (Supplies: Bible and
flashlight.) Using a flashlight, take children on a hike through a
dark room in your church. Keeping the lights off, turn off your
flashlight and have them sit in a circle. Ask: How does it feel to
be in the dark? How is Halloween a dark time? How did the
flashlight help us find our way? How can the light of the Holy
Spirit guide us during Halloween?
Use your flashlight to read aloud Matthew 5:14-16. Ask: What does light do? How
can we be God's light for the world at Halloween?
Say: You're in the light when Jesus puts his light in
you. That's kind of like a jack-o'-lantern. When we see a pumpkin
face, we can be reminded that the light inside is like the light of
the Holy Spirit that God places in us if we ask him to.
3. Let It Shine -- (Supplies: lunch sacks,
cookie cutters, pencils, votive candles, and sand.) Say: We're
going to make luminarias. Luminarias are used to light a path. Our
luminarias will light the path to faith in Christ on Halloween.
Give each child a lunch sack. Have children use cookie cutters
to trace heart or cross shapes onto their sacks. Then have them use
pencils to poke holes through the sacks about one-quarter inch all
around the traced shapes. Have kids pour enough sand in the sacks
to cover the bottoms. Give each child a votive candle to place in
the sack and light at home. Explain that kids' parents need to
light their candles and supervise the use of the luminarias.
Then close in prayer, asking God to help people who live in
darkness see the light of Christ and trust him as their Savior.
Allergy Alert: Some children have food allergies that can be
dangerous. Know your children, and consult with parents about
allergies their children may have.
4. Food For Thought-You'll need: Dried pumpkin
seeds, cheese spread, crackers, and plastic knives.
Tell kids to:
Spread the cheese on your cracker. Use the seeds to create designs
on your cracker that'll remind you of Jesus and his light, such as
a smiley face, a light, or a cross.
Mark von Ehrenkrook is a children's and family pastor in
Puyallup, Washington. Please keep in mind that phone numbers,
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