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Alternative Halloween Activities for Christians

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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.

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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.

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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

Homemade Costumes

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.

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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!

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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!

What kind of alternative Halloween activities do you participate in? Do you have any un-Halloween traditions for your family?

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I don’t think there needs to be an alternative. What is suggested here still looks just like Halloween, without the gore. That to me seems the only difference.
    If we are to truly be separate from the world and it’s traditions, we need to abstain completely, not just change a few things to make it more palatable to Christians, and so we don’t feel like we are depriving our children of ‘fun’.
    We are called to abstain from all appearance of evil – 1 Thessalonians 5:22, and while removing the gore side of things seems less evil, it’s still doing most of the same things as the world. (Most Halloween traditions are pagan in origin, so partaking in them is still partaking in pagan rituals.)
    We are also called not to follow traditions of man. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

    There is some good information on the link below on the rituals/traditions of Halloween. I do sincerely hope that my comment is taken as it is intended, which is not criticism, but trying to share knowledge and information about this tradition.
    May the Lord lead us all in His truth.

    1. Hi Tara! Thanks for taking the time to comment! I definitely agree that Christians shouldn’t participate in Halloween, I wrote about it in a post here:
      However, I do feel like there is a difference between celebrating Halloween or celebrating Fall. Does your church/community not have a Fall Fest or other activity around this time? I completely disagree that visiting an orchard or making family time at home is the same as celebrating a pagan ritual. There are plenty of alternative activities instead of participating in such a vile one. When winter comes, we participate in winter activities, such as ice skating and snow activities. When spring comes, we like to grow gardens or visit fairs. When summer comes, we go to fruit stands and participate in other activities. Just because the world has claimed a holiday, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t celebrate in our own way. I see what you’re saying and partially agree, but I feel as though you’re missing another important aspect. “What the devil meant for evil, God will make it good”. I definitely think that providing an alternative activity for the church body to participate in is a call of the church. Not only for the body, but to shine a light and provide a “safe” space for unbelievers or new converts.

  2. Thanks for recommending my Autumn leaf bowls ? I love this list you’ve put together, I can’t wait to visit a pumpkin patch this year, I’ve been to one before and there were lots of activities and it was so fun!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

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