While most kids can’t wait to put on a costume and go trick or treating for Halloween, there are also many Christian families that find the “holiday” – with its roots in paganism and its occult overtones – offensive and hardly a thing to celebrate. But what’s a Christian mom to do, so her kids do not feel left out or teased?
Here are 10 great Halloween Alternatives for Christian Families (or any family that does not wish to celebrate Halloween!)
- Hold a Fall or Harvest Festival
Offering a harvest party has been a popular Halloween alternative among Christian churches for years. A new variation to this old idea is to create a carnival atmosphere. With some well-thought-out planning, you can involve various established small groups from within your church to host carnival booths. Craft booths and creative prizes can also be incorporated.
- Pumpkin Carving
Though carving pumpkins into a “Jack-o-Lantern” is generally considered a symbol of Halloween, Christian families can still get into the fun of carving and decorating pumpkins in more fun, creative and artistic ways, then the typical mean spirited visages. Make it a family activity and conclude the festivities by partaking in a slice of homemade pumpkin pie!
- Go Door to Door and Pass Out “Treats”
Instead of going around saying “trick or treats,” have your kids hand out treats – teaching them it is better to give than receive.
- Have a Bible Character Dress Up Party
Instead of a typical Halloween costume party, hold a biblical character dress-up party.
- Fall Special Dinner
Have a fall-themed potluck dinner with other families. Only serve “harvest foods” such as apples, winter squash, and soups.
- Fall Decorating Party
Have a bunch of friends and family over to decorate your home and gardens with scarecrows and other symbols of autumn. The changing season inspires just the right atmosphere for this occasion, and it becomes both meaningful and memorable to include the whole family in the process.
- Noah’s Ark Party
Like the “Bible Character Party,” another Christian alternative to a Halloween Party is a “Noah’s Ark Party.” This can either be a church-wide event or you might consider hosting your own party for neighbors and friends. Read the Genesis account of Noah’s Ark and the ideas for planning will be numerous. Food choices could follow a “pet food” or “feed store” theme.
Many people believe that the trappings of Halloween are innocent fun, but the Bible is very clear about witchcraft, mediums, sorcery, and demons. We are not to make light of these subjects. We are to reject them wholeheartedly.
What do you think of these Halloween alternatives, do you have some of your own you would like to add? Feel free to use the comments below!