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. And with Halloween falling on a Sunday this year (2021), it really brings up the question:
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 context. How 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:
- There is a spiritual world. (Ephesians 6:12)
- Jesus has power over the darkness in our world. (1 John 4:4)
- 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.
And if you’re looking for a Sunday-morning lesson that will help you acknowledge Halloween but put the focus on Jesus rather than candy or darkness, check out our Not So Spooky Lesson – a Fall Fest style lesson that’s perfect for the morning/weekend of Halloween! Learn more about this lesson here.