The History Channel gives a great overview of the history of Halloween, so I won’t go into it here, but it’s not uncommon for Christians to struggle with whether or not to celebrate this spooky holiday. Some see it as a dark day full of evil influence while others deem it a harmless time for fun costumes and candy.

So how do you handle Halloween as a children’s pastor?

The answer to this question will be different for every leader because it’s all about your contextHow you handle Halloween in your children’s ministry should be more about the families you serve than your personal convictions. For me, if I hosted an event on Halloween, no one would come because they’d all be out trick-or-treating. I can condemn them for that, or I can equip them to use that time as a way to connect with the gospel. I know other churches that host Trunk-or-Treats every year on Halloween as a way to provide their families with a time of fellowship and outreach to the community. And other churches ignore the holiday completely. 

No matter your views on this day, when talking about Halloween with kids, touch on these 3 ideas:

  1. There is a spiritual world. (Ephesians 6:12)
  2. Jesus has power over the darkness in our world. (1 John 4:4)
  3. With God, we don’t have to be afraid. (2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 41:10)

So what are your thoughts? Are you the church where the pastor shows up in a costume, the church that hosts a fall festival instead, or the church that ignores the holiday completely? Share in the comments below, but please remember to be respectful of all beliefs and convictions. This is a topic that we aren’t all going to agree on, and that’s OK as long as we can still speak with love.

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  2. We do a big trunk or treat the week before Halloween. This year it was the 21st, well before anyone else and we had 1500 people show up. Normally 500 is a big crowd. We just show love to our community in a fun way. This year my pastor asked me to also have a movie night for any families who dont trick or treat because it is Wednesday. Dont think anyone will show but doing it and we will see.

    • Wow! Congrats on having such a great crowd! How exciting! I also love the idea of a movie night on Halloween.

  3. I love this! I think it’s so important to consider context and what your community values when addressing this topic.

    Our church is located in a neighbourhood full of families. Every year for Halloween, we host a Halloween Open House where we open up our doors to the kids and families who are trick-or-treating in our neighbourhood. We serve warm drinks for parents and have games (with lots of candy, of course!) for the kids that come. This is what works for us and we love to leverage the holiday as a way to connect with the people in our neighbourhood!

    • This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing how you do Halloween at your church, and I love how you use the holiday as a true community outreach event.

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