Young boy and jack o' lanternHalloween can be a special family time for the Christian family. Here are some suggestions for making this time more meaningful. Perhaps these suggestions will be helpful in building your own family traditions. Just try one or two this year.

Party Ideas:
Try these party ideas to provide kids a safe place on Halloween night.

  • 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 back yard. 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.

  • Fiesta! – Have a piƱata, tacos, chips, luminaries, and Mexican music.

  • Noah’s Ark – Have kids come in animal costumes. Choose someone to dress as Noah. Serve animal crackers. Talk about Christians’ responsibility to care for the animals God has created.