It’s no secret that we’re some Conservative Christians ’round these parts. We don’t let the kids have any fun and we don’t like smiling. A giggle might get you tied to the whipping post and don’t even think about crying. We’re some tough cookies and we don’t cut it any slack.
Y’all, I literally think that some people think of us this way. As if we’re bunch of fuddie-duddies that despise life. It’s totally the opposite, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much joy until I got saved. Which is why we try to make every moment count and we like it lively. An unhappy Christian is a dead Christian.
But back to the Conservative Christian thing, we don’t celebrate Halloween. I know, my kids are missing out. Blah, blah. But they’re really not. They’re gaining so much. They’re learning about sacrifice, and being obedient unto Christ. They’re learning that “suffering” isn’t forever and what it means to be different.
But not only are they learning to be strong Christians, they’re also learning to make the best of any situations. Which is why we love to create alternative activities to remind our kids that Christians are fun too, and we don’t need to participate in all the world’s activities to do it.
Alternative Halloween Activities for Christians
This one may get me thrown under the bus a little considering Halloween and dress up. BUT, I have a daughter that is a new character nearly every hour of the day, she has a whole wardrobe dedicated to dress up. Why not take this night to create a new piece together without drawing attention to Halloween?
Just think about your child’s favorite shows or characters and Pinterest it; you really can’t go wrong. If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan, check out these fun and simple Dr. Seuss costumes from Organized 31.
Family Fall Activities
Head over to a local Pumpkin Patch or visit an apple orchard and then maybe come home and bob for apples. You can even set up a space at home for a homemade candy apple bar where kids (and adults, of course) can create their own yummy treats. Visit a corn maze, go leaf hunting or tailgating. Put together a Fall scavenger hunt where you can find everyday objects that are associated with Fall!
Autumn Craft Night
Maybe you don’t care for carving pumpkins and the association that it has with Halloween, but pumpkins can still be fun! Try Preppy Pumpkin Craft from Happy Family Blog. I you have some crafty kids, try these Autumn Leaf Bowls from Makes, Bakes and Decor. If you’re anything like me, you’re a major procrastinator. Take this night to get a leg up on Thanksgiving and have your kids create these Clay Pot Turkeys for decoration from Busy Creating Memories.[clickToTweet tweet=”Remind you kids that you don’t have to participate in all the world’s activities to have fun.” quote=”Remind you kids that you don’t have to participate in all the world’s activities to have fun.”]
Family Cook Out
Is it still considered a cook out if you’re cooking in? Anyways, these Easy Acorn Cookies from Ann’s Entitled Life are so simple and good for small hands! If you’re still on an apple kick, try these Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls from Busy Creating Memories. If you carved pumpkins, make use of those seeds with Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds from This Old Gal. Gingerbread has to be added to your fall list, these Gingerbread Fall Leaves from The Monday Box look amazing!
Pumpkin Patch Parable
We did the Pumpkin Patch Parable in my preschool Sunday School class last year and it was a huge hit! The kids absolutely love watching the pumpkin come to life, and I love that we’re having fun and learning about Jesus! I can’t wait to do it as a family this year!
Family Movie Night
Find a great family-friendly Christian movie that you’ll all enjoy. Maybe help the kids to create some yummy snacks and then just sit back and enjoy that family time together! We really love JellyTelly to catch some of our favorite Bible shows or PureFlix Insider has a great list of Christian movies for the whole family. We also have a list of Clean Shows on Netflix (check viewership disclaimer).
Church Fall Fest
It’s guaranteed that you’ll be able to find a Fall Fest to visit around Halloween time, most churches provide options that are safe and family friendly so that everyone can get involved. Be aware that while these are church functions, they are also community friendly. Make friends, have fun!