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Understanding the Churchs Teachings on Halloween

Possible Viewpont: Catholic

Title: Understanding the Church’s Teachings on Halloween

Opening Prayer: Dear God, thank you for this day and for all the blessings you give us. Help us to understand your teachings on Halloween and to celebrate this day with love and joy. Amen.

Introduction: Today we are going to talk about Halloween and what the Catholic Church teaches us about this special day. Halloween is a time when many people dress up in funny or scary costumes, go trick-or-treating, and have fun with their friends and family. But what does the Church say about Halloween? Let’s find out together.


1. All Saints’ Day: Did you know that Halloween falls on the eve of a very important day in the Church called All Saints’ Day? On November 1st, the Church celebrates all the saints who are in heaven. These are people who lived holy lives and are now with God in heaven. So, Halloween is a time to remember and honor all the saints.

2. All Souls’ Day: The day after All Saints’ Day, on November 2nd, the Church celebrates All Souls’ Day. This is a day to pray for all the souls who have died and are on their way to heaven. We remember our loved ones who have passed away and ask God to welcome them into his loving presence.

3. Good Triumphing Over Evil: Halloween can sometimes be scary with costumes and decorations related to ghosts, witches, and monsters. But as Catholics, we believe in the power of good triumphing over evil. We can use this day as an opportunity to remember that Jesus has conquered sin and death, and we can trust in his love and protection.

4. Celebrating with Love and Joy: While Halloween can be fun with costumes and treats, the Church calls us to celebrate this day with love and joy. We can use this time to be kind to others, share with those in need, and spread happiness wherever we go.

Conclusion: Halloween is a special time for us to remember the saints, pray for our loved ones, and celebrate the victory of good over evil. Let’s always remember to celebrate this day with love and joy, knowing that Jesus is with us every step of the way.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching us about Halloween and how we can celebrate this day with love and joy. Help us to always remember the true meaning of this special time and to share your love with others. Amen.

Activity: Have the children create Saint-themed crafts or cards to honor the saints on Halloween. Alternatively, have them write prayers or letters to their loved ones who have passed away, and place them on a special altar or prayer space in the classroom.

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “God’s Family” by Donna Peña
2. “This Little Light of Mine” by African American Spiritual
3. “All Are Welcome” by Marty Haugen
4. “We are One Body” by Dana Scallon

Questions for Lesson

1. How do you currently celebrate Halloween?
2. What are some common misconceptions about the origins and meaning of Halloween?
3. What are some ways that Halloween can be a positive, Christian celebration?
4. What are the potential dangers of participating in Halloween activities?
5. Where can we find guidance on how to approach Halloween in a way that aligns with the teachings of the Catholic Church?
6. According to the lesson, what is the Catholic Church’s stance on the celebration of Halloween?


1 John 4:1
1 Corinthians 10:20-21
Ephesians 5:11
Deuteronomy 18:9-12
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Object Lesson

Title: Understanding the Church’s Teachings on Halloween

1. A pumpkin carved with a cross
2. A small toy devil figure
3. A Bible
4. A small candle
5. A picture or drawing of Christ

“Today, we are going to talk about Halloween and what the Church teaches about it. Halloween can be a fun and exciting time, but it’s important to understand the spiritual perspective as well.”

1. Show the pumpkin carved with a cross:
“This pumpkin represents how Halloween can be a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. Just like the cross symbolizes Jesus conquering sin and death, we can use this time to remember and celebrate our faith.”

2. Show the small toy devil figure:
“Sometimes during Halloween, people like to dress up as scary or spooky things, like this devil figure. However, it’s important to remember that as Christians, we should focus on dressing up as things that are good and noble, and not scary or evil.”

3. Show the Bible:
“The Bible teaches us to be careful about what we participate in and to avoid anything that glorifies darkness or evil. We can use this time to remember and honor our faith instead.”

4. Light the small candle:
“Just as this candle lights up the darkness, we can use Halloween as an opportunity to let our light shine and share the love of Christ with others. We can also pray for those who may feel scared or lonely during this time.”

5. Show the picture or drawing of Christ:
“Finally, let’s always remember to keep Christ at the center of our lives, even during Halloween. We can use this time to honor and remember Him, and to share His love with others.”

“So, as we enjoy the fun and excitement of Halloween, let’s remember the Church’s teachings and use this time to celebrate our faith and share God’s love with others.”

By using these props and explanations, children can better understand and appreciate the Church’s teachings on Halloween.

Craft Idea

Craft Idea: Halloween Prayer Cards

– Construction paper or cardstock
– Colored markers or crayons
– Halloween-themed stickers or decorations
– Scissors
– Glue

1. Begin the lesson by discussing the Church’s teachings on Halloween, including the origins of the holiday and how it is celebrated in different cultures.
2. Explain to the children that Halloween can also be a time to reflect on our faith and remember the saints who have gone before us.
3. Have the children choose a saint to focus on (e.g. St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese of Lisieux) and research a short prayer or quote from the saint.
4. Provide the children with construction paper or cardstock and have them cut it into small squares to create prayer cards.
5. Encourage the children to write the prayer or quote from their chosen saint on the front of the card using the colored markers or crayons.
6. Have the children decorate the cards with Halloween-themed stickers or decorations to make them festive.
7. Once the cards are complete, allow the children to share the prayer or quote they chose and explain why they chose that particular saint.
8. Encourage the children to use their prayer cards to remember the saint and say a prayer on Halloween or any time they need guidance and inspiration.

This simple craft will help young Catholic children understand the importance of Halloween and how it can be tied to their faith, while also encouraging them to learn about and connect with the saints.


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