In 1 Corinthians 10:31, followers of Jesus are instructed to always glorify God: "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." However, when October rolls around, many Christian families wonder how they can use Halloween to draw closer to Christ. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Jesus and glorify Him during Halloween.
Law of God's Harvest
Halloween falls during the harvest time, providing a wonderful opportunity to teach others about God's providence. Engage in family-friendly activities like visiting corn mazes and pumpkin patches, using these experiences to discuss the abundant blessings received through following Jesus Christ.
Teach About Overcoming Satan
Address the reality of evil, especially with children, during this time of year. Answer questions about monsters, ghosts, witches, and wizards, while also sharing positive ways to overcome them, such as prayer, scripture study, and meaningful worship. Discuss the importance of avoiding activities that lead away from Jesus' light or invite darkness.
Jesus & Jack-o-Lanterns
Share a meaningful poem that relates jack-o-lanterns to shining Jesus' light upon others. Use this poem while making Halloween decorations to emphasize the message.
Here’s a poem we love:
You are like a pumpkin! God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He cuts off the tip and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.
Give Treats, Not Tricks
Use Halloween as an opportunity to teach your family about service. Instead of focusing on tricks and spooky things, emphasize serving others. Make treats and give them to neighbors in need. If you're looking for affordable and faith-inspiring gifts for your youth group or Sunday school classes,
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We would love to hear how you incorporate Jesus into your Halloween celebrations. Share your experiences in the comments below.