Are you looking for something non-Halloween focused activities to do this fall? Last year, we had an amazing Princess and Warrior party at the church based roughly on an ideas from Children’s Ministry Magazine. Here are few other ideas:
- Having a pizza night for your children and their friends. You can go all out and arrange a party at your local Chunky Cheese pizza restaurant or take the group to their favorite pizza place.
- Plan a trip to your local planetarium. Take your children and some of their friends to the planetarium for a fun filled Halloween night experience. Even in the day, this trip will be fun! A planetarium is not only fun and fascinating, it is educational. Shh. Don’t tell the kids that part. Let them be amazed by the show and they will not even notice that it is Halloween by the time they enjoy the thrilling experience. Wonder and magic in the stars for all.
- Make Halloween a movie night. Seeing a movie in a theater is a great Halloween celebration alternative. Treat your children to a kid’s movie of their choice, popcorn included. Going to the movies is always fun and memorable. Kids love going to the movies and most adults do, as well. Just choose your movie wisely.
- Have a Corn Shucking contests or a Pie Eating Contests
- Have a bonfire and roast hot dogs
- Have a fall party — decorate everything in orange, including food and drinks
- Explore the inside of a gourd or pumpkin with your little ones. Let them feel, taste and smell the wonder of the season.
- Have a pumpkin seed spitting contest!
- Bob for apples…it’s been a while hasn’t it?
- Fill a wagon with hay and take your little one on a ”hay ride” around the neighborhood.
- Decorate mini pumpkins with paint.
- Enjoy fun wheelbarrow races.
- Go on a leaf collection hunt and pick ones to press into scrapbooks. Or make leaf place mats.
- Check out these games such as Ring the Pumpkin, Roll the Gourd, Needle in a haystack and more.
Danielle’s Place has tons of crafts to check out!
I have a friend who decided years ago to make Halloween a night for creative witnessing. Her particular neighborhood goes “all out” for Halloween. Everyone participates in an elaborate and coordinated decorating project. The display is so popular and well-visited that over 3000 trick-or-treaters pass through their street each year. My friend is also an artist. On Halloween she and her husband turn their front yard into a graveyard. The gravestones are engraved with Scriptures in calligraphy that provoke visitors to think about eternity and mortality. The messages spark questions, and she has had endless opportunities over the years to share her faith.
Lifeway has a big list of Halloween Alternatives too.
What about your church? What’s been your favorite Fall Festival activity?