Whether we like it or not, festivities around October 31st are firmly here to stay. From Strictly Come Dancing Halloween themed programmes to ‘Trick or Treat’ outings with obligatory fancy dress outfits, parents and youth workers have to decide how to embrace this now fixed event in the annual calendar.
Parents with primary aged children find their decisions and conversations particularly difficult: how do you tell a 10 year old they can’t go ‘trick or treating’ with their friends?
We have put together a selection of accessible and imaginative resources that some of our partner organisations have created to provide alternative ideas for events and festivities for October.
Scripture Union have a helpful FAQ about Halloween, as well as a party pack for creating a Light Party for primary aged children.
New for 2021: Halloween outreach resources, Jesus is the light and In search of Light here.
World Vision UK’s Patch the Pumpkin hero returns this October. Their alternative Halloween theme is based on Acts 20 verse 35: ‘You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our master said, ‘you’re happier giving than getting’. (The Message). The Pumpkin Heroes pack is suitable for 4-10 year olds and contains a 20 minute show with games, crafts, the cartoon and sing-a-long fun. Suitable for a party at home or a larger community event.
This evangelism charity produce hundreds of innovative and accessible video resources. The team created an evangelistic video for Halloween a couple of years ago, but have now backed the film up with several podcasts answering those tricky questions about what Christians should make of Halloween. Evangelist Glen Scrivener says: ‘I’m not trying to convert Christians to ‘trick or treating’. I am trying to engage trick-or-treaters (and their Facebooking parents) with the gospel.’
Faith in Kids
Faith in Kids supports churches and parents so that primary aged children can engage with Jesus Christ and respond to him. They do this by creating Bible based materials, running training programmes and family activity weekends to help parents open up the Bible. Download their short talk using a carved pumpkin as an illustration.
Christian Publishing and Outreach (CPO)
CPO have a range of Halloween tracts to give away on your door step or at a Light party.