What do we do on Halloween?

Teawanna - posted on 10/23/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have done my research on Halloween and decided we won't be celebrating from this year on. Are there any suggestions about what I can do special for the kids on the day and maybe give it a new name in our household?

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Victoria - posted on 10/29/2011

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At our Church we have a Hallelujah night, the mid-week bible study before halloween. We bring seed treats (usually chips) & attach a scripture tag to them. Then all the adults bring reward treats for the kids & fill up bags for each child at the Church. On halloween night, our kids pass out the seed treats to the trick or treaters, while munching on a few of their reward treats. We pray over the treats that God will send angels to keep the scriptures in the homes of those that receive them & then use them for a great harvest for the Kingdom of God.

Hope - posted on 10/27/2011

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You could check out any local harvest festivals or church fall festivals in your area. You could decor for fall and not halloween. Kids could dress up as anything non-scary and you all have a family fun/game/movie night instead. Hope this gives you some ideas. good luck.

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Teresa - posted on 11/03/2011

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Our church had a trunk or treat where the kids went from car to car. we live out in the country so this made sense. Halloween now is all about kids dressing up and having fun doing so. The candy is just an excuse to see all the cute kids. DOn't buy into all that satan's day bullarcky. It is about the kids having fun dressing up and trick or treating.

Crystal - posted on 11/01/2011

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I know this is late, but I wanted to share. There are many churches that have harvest festivals of sorts, I like to look for those to take kids to. Our church wanted to use the day as an alternative to Halloween that would reach out to the trick or treaters. We had Bible games, Bible-theme trunk or treat and a Passion of the Christ play; it was a walk through put together sort of like a haunted house, but it wasn't meant to scare, only to share!
The church I just started attending this year celebrates Reformation Day! I didn't realize that October 31st is the true Reformation Day. We simply had fellowship, games and snacks & candy. A brief history of Reformatino day was presented and some handouts were made for more information...

Carolyn - posted on 10/31/2011

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Hi Teawanna,
Great question, I am wondering how old your children are? Our minister preached on this about 5 years ago and since then I have felt God realy wanted us not to participate at all in halloween. Our church holds a family bowling night instead, others stay home , make special treats and have a family and friends movie night. Other families I know do a Halloween for Hunger, and collect food items for the food bank. I suggest you pray about it and see what is best for your family. Blessings to you as you seek to walk in His ways, be blessed and be a blessing to others!
Carolyn Jones Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Jane - posted on 10/29/2011

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Our friends are having a Halloweenie Roast, handing out hot dogs and bottled water on their front lawn. The water bottles have stickers with our church name and address on them.

Teawanna - posted on 10/27/2011

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Thanks everyone forr all of your opinions and options...for this year I think we will have a family movie day with candy that I've bought. Next year I will look into the different festivals and things.

Jane - posted on 10/24/2011

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We still "celebrate" Halloween but we avoid all horror aspects. We decorated with Snoopy-themed lights and hand out candy to little kids. We comment on their creativity and how nice their costumes are, and we practice please and thank you. When it begins to get dark, the little kids go home, and the gory teenagers come out, we shut it all down.

Jessica - posted on 10/24/2011

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At my church they always had a halloween festive that didn't celebrate Halloween they called it Under the big top and would have all kinds of games and fun stuff for children. Maybe a local church is having something that may be more interesting then trick or treating.

Angela - posted on 10/24/2011

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It the day before All Saints Day (1st November) and at our Church we celebrate All Saints Day and sing "Oh when the Saint, go marching in ...."

I love the fact that pumpkins (which normally are only on sale during October in the UK) are rock-bottom price the day after Halloween and I find it's such a versatile thing to cook with!

Also fancy dress on Halloween ... In the States it seems OK to dress up as just about anything. But in the UK all the costumes (whether you buy them or make your own) are always along the horror/witchcraft/death theme. So it's a bit monotonous. All these witches and ghouls going around trick or treating. Yet over in the States you have animal costumes, people dressing as characters from movies, fairytales - anything!

Just looking forward to buying my cheap pumpkin this year and making some nice stuff with it!

Rebekah - posted on 10/24/2011

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I've taken all the things of Halloween and turned them into something Christian.

I really recommend the story book: "The Pumpkin Patch Parable". It talks about a farmer growing pumpkins and picking out just the "right" one to make a new face on. And that cleaning out the crud inside is just like Jesus washing our sins away. Each page has verses that go along with it.

When it comes to ghosts, I've taught my son about the ONLY ghost - The Holy Ghost!

I believe that as Christians when we shun ourselves from this night, we are not allowing our "lights" to shine on the darkest night of the year. I want to be a house in my neighborhood that is a "light house" for all.

We will be passing out candy to the trick or treaters and I'm having my son make "tracts" with me and when we give them out we'll be saying "Taste and See that the Lord is good" and give them candy.

I will have my porch light on, I will have luminaries lining my sidewalk to draw them unto my door step and we will be fishers of men!

Anne - posted on 10/24/2011

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I also grew up tricker treating. (This was in the 1960's) Even then I did not like halloween.

Does your church, or a church you would feel comfortable with, have a Harvest Party or Trunk or Treat type of event? Our Church is recent years, (our daughters also went T o T but no "Bad" costumes. They are now in 23 and 27) has had both T or T or a Harvest Party that many of the Church families attend.

How old are your children, will they be celebrating halloween at school?

I will be Keeping your family in my Prayers as you decide what God would want you and your family to do concerning halloween.

Mary - posted on 10/23/2011

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Growing up my sisters and i were allowed to trick or treat...get lots of candy, and were not allowed to dress up as anything bad such as a witch or ghost, etc. we watched a movie as a family and ate candy and snacks, very fun. I agree wth you halloween is not something you should celebrate but make a day of it carving pumkins maybe or do what my family did:) maybe have a pumkin pie making day or something fun...pumpin patch ride etc.

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