Hallelujah, it’s Oct. 31st
Romans 12:2 – 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Of all the holidays celebrated on the American calendar, Halloween is the trickiest for most Christians. As believers we don’t do “death” but we celebrate the abundant life that Jesus provides for each of us who believe! But try telling that to a young child who has to watch all of his friends dress up in their favorite costume and collect free candy. Satan made sure this was hard for the children of believers to resist. No one is exempt from his cunning trickery but God is never to be outsmarted by the devil. Turn the world’s celebration of death, darkness, tricks and all things scary into a celebration of life, light, treats and all things wonderful! Introducing Hallelujah Night!! A night where friends come together for good food, fellowship, fun and games against the backdrop of God’s beautiful Fall foliage. The devil meant for this night to spread fear but it can be the perfect night to spread life, laughter and light!
Ten Fun things families can do on Hallelujah Night
The more the merrier!
1. Invite as many Christian friends over as possible. Create cute invitations and send them out the first of the month so that families can plan for your Hallelujah night. Ask each mom to bring a bag of individually wrapped candy and or a contribution to the meal such as buns, chips, juice boxes, craft supplies etc. Make this part of the planning easy for you and the other moms. Create a reply all email or evite which allows others to see what the moms are bringing. This will avoid too many duplicates.
2. Encourage costumes of characters from the Bible, Christian Evangelists, Gospel Singers etc. but no scary costumes. This is a great time to have a mini Bible Study. Each child can explain the lives and actions of John the Baptist, Queen Esther, Joshua, Moses, King David, Peter, James, John, Bishop Jakes, Joyce Meyers, Yolanda Adams, etc. While dressed like one of these influential people, allow each child to briefly (2 minutes or less) tell everyone at the party who they are and what they did in the Bible or for the Kingdom of Heaven.
3. Plan to feed your guest a fun meal before the candy. Pizza, hot dogs, pigs in the blanket, baked potatoes loaded with shredded chicken and cheese, fries etc. Hearty food that are filling will make candy eating less desirable. Be sure to eat shortly after everyone arrives.
Plan games and crafts from the moment they arrive!
4. Creating a goofy name tag should be the first stop. Instead of just writing “Lynda” my card will read,” Laughing and Loving all the time Lynda” with smiley faces all over it. Stickers, yarn, eyes, ribbon, etc must enhance this stop. Visiting moms can contribute to this first station. Once the name tag has been created one small prepackaged piece of candy can be pinned to their costume. If your piece is still pinned when you leave you will get three more pieces. This is their first challenge and the first lesson in patience.
5. Cup decorating. When buying paper cups although great for throwing away and avoiding the washing of cups because they all look the same, can often cause confusion when no one knows whose cup belongs to whom. Use the name tag station to decorate a cup as well with each child’s name and other things attached to the cup.
6. Games should be ongoing. Put the children in groups and plan games within your property lines. Toss the bean bag for younger children, Ring toss, “Find the Candy” is the best game ever! It’s the equivalent of an Easter egg hunt. Hide the candy before anyone arrives.
7. Creating scare crows by buying small bails of straw from Hobby Lobby and with a 40 percent off coupon (http://shop.hobbylobby.com/weekly-offers/ ) that they offer daily by visiting their website makes this an even more affordable idea. The joy this craft brings to the children is certainly worth the little extra work this will require.
a. One yard of burlap and a glue gun with a few scraps of colorful fabric from a fabric store clearance bin makes creating a harvest scare crow for each child the highlight of the evening.
b. Buttons, old socks, toddler pants and shirts that are maybe too small are perfect for stuffing with straw. (If you plan well you can visit a thrift store and buy infant or toddler clothing for as little as a quarter per piece. The face can be made from the burlap and the straw).
c. Cut two circular pieces and use the glue gun to put them together leaving a small hole to stuff with straw.
d. After the face is stuffed seal the hole with glue. Use buttons for the eyes. All of this can be accomplished with the magic of a glue gun. Parents should use the gun and not the children.
8. Decorate cookies with frosting and sprinkles, Decorate mini pumpkins with glitter and glue. Place the pumpkin on a paper plate which will later be useful for transporting home. Let each child write their initials in glue on the pumpkin and then sprinkle the glue with glitter for a monogrammed pumpkin.
Trust and Treat!
9. I would suggest not participating in trick or treating. As we know, some people in the world can go overboard on this night. We don’t want our children to be frightened unnecessarily. So, if there are other Christian families on the street that would like to participate, allow the children to walk to their homes for treats and to show off their costumes.
10. Limit the party to two and half hours so that your host isn’t weary by the nights end. If your host does not accept any help to clean please leave promptly but always offer to help. No one refuses help unless they are tired and ready for their home to be free of guest.
Enjoy the night and remember that as Christians we celebrate life, peace, joy and we always bestow kindness upon others and not tricks. Make life fun not scary!
With Prayers & Love,
First Lady Lynda