Halloween has changed: it used to be about kids trick-or-treating. Now it’s about horrifyingly scary decorations, sexy costumes and very adult themes. Parents, if you want Halloween alternatives, why not celebrate the real purpose? All Hallows Eve was an anticipation of the Catholic holy day of All Saints Day. So why not throw an anti Halloween party? Here’s a Christian party planner with Bible games, costumes, food and crafts.
Have a Christian costume party. Invite guests to dress as Bible characters, Catholic saints or famous historical people. Kids could prepare a short introduction to their Bible character or saint. Or they could make up riddles and have people guess who they are. Kids could parade in costume while an announcer reads clues. Other guests write down guesses and the answers are read at the end. Adults could pass out candy as kids “trick or treat” past. This way they get to enjoy the fun of trick or treat too. This game is fun and educational.
Host a service project. In keeping with the Christian gospel message, make your party about giving. Collect items for charity or missions as an admittance fee. Find out from your church missions committee where missionaries are and what they need. Teach kids about the countries where people serve and the history of the people there.
Make cards for the elderly, shutin or those in difficult circumstances. Bypass the gimmes of Halloween and focus on giving. Get a list of seniors from the parish secretary. Set out a card-making station. Have kids write letters. Decorate pumpkins to deliver to folks in nursing homes.
Decorate cupcakes as party snacks. Provide each child with a small plate of frosting, some decorations and a plastic knife to spread frosting. Make cupcakes to share with seniors, too. Skip the Halloween themed decorations. Decorate in generic fall themes.
Play Bible bingo games. Print out bingo cards with Bible characters or verses as clues instead of just numbers, to make it more challenging. Give pencils as prizes.
Play Bible cake walk: Put Bible verses or pictures on chairs. This is played like musical chairs. The winner is the one sitting on the chair that is labeled with the chosen clue or person. Or give out mini Bibles as prizes. Or check Oriental Trading for other Christian themed games and prizes.
Have a Christian Scavenger Hunt. Write a list of Bible verses that mention objects: leaf, stone, candle, grass, cup, piece of wood, dish, rock, book, scroll, box and other common objects. Players must guess items and find them. Prizes could be flashlights (Jesus said “I am the light of the world.”
Play “Fishers of Men”: Set up a wading pool with a little fishing game (available at dollar stores). Or make your own: cut fish shapes and glue magnets to the bottom. Spread a blue cloth on the ground and place fish on it. Give kids sticks with magnets. Write numbers on the bottom of each fish. The number indicates the prize.
Play Bible Bad Guy Bowling: Put names of Bible bad guys (Goliath, the devil, King Ahab, King Herod, Jezebel, Queen Athaliah, serpent, Herod Antipas, Pharoah, Potipher’s wife, Cain, prophets of Baal, King Nebuchadnezzer, Delia, etc.) on a cheap bowling set (available from dollar stores). Players bowl like a regular bowling games.