Catholic Christian families are you looking for Halloween alternatives? Why not celebrate a Bible All Saints Day (Nov. 1) or All Saints Eve (Oct. 31)? It’s the real feast behind the Halloween festivities. All Hallow’s Eve was celebrated by pagans in anticipation of All Saints Day in the Catholic church. So have an All Saints Day (or eve) party: that way your kids can still participate and won’t feel left out when other kids trick or treat. Or you could let kids go trick-or-treating dressed as saints. Or you could do trunk-or-treating at your church. Here are All Saints Day (or eve) party games, Bible games and Catholic saints party games.
Catholic Saints Scavenger Hunt or (Bible Character Riddle Game). Adult partygoers dress as certain saints. Each child (or family) is given a list of clues or riddles about the saint. Children try to match saints and Bible characters to their clues. If he guesses correctly, the “saint” signs his list. Children might also just write their guesses on paper as an adult reads out clues one at a time. The winner gets candy (so kids can still enjoy the goodies). Or give out Catholic religious medals, coloring books and crayons or books.
Riddles for Bible saints scavenger hunt party games
I was a tent maker and persecuted Christians before I “saw the light” and converted on the road to Damascus. (St. Paul)
I was a fishermen who became a fisher of men. I had a bad temper. I denied Jesus three times. I was a disciple. My brother’s name was Andrew. My name was Simon but Jesus changed it. My new name means “rock.” I was the first pope. (St. Peter)
I was the first Christian martyr. I was stoned. Paul watched me be stoned before he was a Christian. (St. Stephen)
My eyes were put out because I refused to denounce my faith. (St. Lucy)
I was a Native American and the first North American saint. I had smallpox as a child. (St. Kateri Tekakwitha)
My sister was St. Scholastica. I found a religious order (St. Benedict). My brother was St. Benedict. (St. Scholastica). We are the patron saints of learning.
I was called the Maid of Orleans. I had a vision that I was supposed to command an army against the English. I led an army when I was only 13. I was burned at the stake as a heretic. (St. Joan of Arc)
I am the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor. I owned a piece of the true cross. I was a great prayer warrior. (St. Helen of the Cross)
I gave my coat to a beggar. (St. Martin of Tours).
I was a South American bi-racial saint. (St. Martin de Porres).
I tended slaves that came in on the slave ships. (St. Peter Claver)
I was a missionary to Japan. (St. Francis Xavier)
I was a solder and son of a wealthy merchant. I gave this up to follow Jesus. (St. Francis of Assisi)
I was a Roman Briton. As a boy I was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland. I became a bishop and returned to bring Christianity (St. Patrick)
I was a bishop of Myra in the 4th century. You may know me for other things. (St. Nicholas)
I was poor and not very smart. But I saw a vision of our lady at Lourdes. (St. Bernadette)
I saw a vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe on a hill in Mexico. (Bl. Juan Diego)
I am one of three children to who Our Lady of Fatima appeared. (St. Lucia, Jacinta, Francisco)
I appeared to a young girl in the town dump in a city in France. (Our Lady of Lourdes)
I cared for untouchables in Calcutta India. (Bl. Mother Theresa)
I am known as ‘the Little Flower’. (St. Therese of Lisieux)
Here’s another saints game variation: place saints’ symbols or images around the church, grotto or outdoor area. Children must match the saint and his or her symbol. Here are some saints’ symbols:
St. Peter: staff, rock
St. Joseph: baby, carpenters tools
St. Therese of Lisieux: pink roses
Bl. Juan Diego: red roses
St. Patrick: clover, snake
St. Bernadette: holy water
St. Francis of Assisi: bird
St. Helen: cross
St. Benedict/ St. Scholastica: books
St. Lucy: eyes on a platter
St. Veronica: cloth with image of Jesus
Our Lady of Guadalupe: moon and stars
St. Nicholas: 3 gold balls, bag of gold
St. George: sword
Sacred Heart of Jesus: heart, thorns
Immaculate Heart of Mary: heart with sword
St. Martin of Tours: sword, horse, cloak
St. Joan of Arc: helmet, shield
Have each of the Catholic saints pass out candy to kids who guess correctly. Enjoy these party games at your All Saints Day event.