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Many Christians choose not to observe Halloween.  As one of the most  popular holidays in our culture—for some more celebrated than  Christmas—it can present a challenge for Christian families, especially  when children are involved. Although I won’t discuss here all the “whys”  and “why nots,” and what the Bible says about Halloween, I will offer some fun and practical alternatives to enjoy this year with your family.

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of Halloween, you can  turn the holiday into a positive, relationship-building tradition for  your family.  These ideas offer alternatives to the customary Halloween  activities.  They are simple suggestions to start you thinking and  planning.  Add your own creativity and there’s no limit to the  possibilities for family fun!

Fall Festival or Harvest Party

Offering a harvest party has been a popular Halloween alternative among  Christian churches for years. A Fall Carnival or Harvest Festival adds a  slightly new twist to this Christian alternative to the customary  Halloween activities. Organizing an event at your church gives children  and parents a place to go and benefit from celebrating together with  other families. Bible theme costumes offer an endless source of amusing  choices.   A new variation to this old idea is to create a carnival atmosphere.   With some well-thought-out planning, you can involve various  established small groups from within your church to host carnival  booths.  Each group can creatively choose a theme, such as a  ”hoola-hoop” contest, or a gourd toss, providing a carnival midway of  entertaining games. Craft booths and creative prizes can also be  incorporated. You better get started now!  For more ideas visit

Youth Pumpkin Patch Fun-Raiser

Instead of the usual youth car wash fund raiser, why not plan something  totally different this year to raise money for the youth winter camp?  Consider helping the youth group of your church organize a pumpkin patch  and create an exciting Christian alternative to Halloween. The church  youth can sell the pumpkins and the profits can go toward funding their  next youth camp. To pump up the interest level, more pumpkin related  activities can be incorporated, such as a pumpkin carving contest, a  pumpkin cook-off, a carving demonstration, or even a pumpkin bake sale.   Another option could be to organize the pumpkin patch project with  your neighbors instead. One family might even sponsor such an event on a  small scale in your own neighborhood as an alternative to  trick-or-treating.

Family Pumpkin Carving

For a more subdued Christian alternative to Halloween, you might  consider planning a family pumpkin carving project. This would be a more personal time of fellowship with the members of your family. Conclude  the festivities by partaking in a slice of homemade pumpkin pie!  Remember, family traditions don’t have to be gigantic, just memorable.

Fall Decorating

Another suggestion for a less adventurous Halloween alternative would be  to plan a fall decorating event with your family. The changing season  inspires just the right atmosphere for this occasion, and it becomes  both meaningful and memorable to include the whole family in the  process. For some great suggestions, check out these fall decorating ideas.

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