While we’ve been to some fun alternative-to-Halloween parties, we’ve also enjoyed having our own at home, either just for our family, or inviting a few friends to join us.
As an invitation I would say something like this:
We don’t really like all the weird, grotesque Halloween stuff as it all seems a bit dark. And we don’t really want our children going out trick or treating, but we celebrating light, so we’re having a light party to celebrate light, including thinking about what the Bible says about light.
If your children (and your guests) are fairly familiar with the Bible, you could have a quiz about light in the Bible with questions like:
- According to Genesis 1, what was the first thing God made? (light)
- What two ‘great lights’ did God make? (sun and moon)
- One of the 10 plagues in Egypt was darkness during the day. Where was the only place to have light at this time? (Goshen, the area where the Israelites lived)
- Inside the Holy Place in the Tabernacle was the ark of the covenant, the incense altar and a table with bread on it. What else? (a seven stemmed oil lamp)
- Psalm 13911-12 says: If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become” … what? (night around me).
It goes on to say: “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is … what? (as light to you.) (We explore this Psalm in the Known Faith at home mini-mag.)
Isaiah 9:2 says: “The people walking in darkness have seen” … what? (a great light)
It continues: “on those living in the land of deep darkness” … what? (a light has dawned)
In Matthew 5:14 Jesus says: “You are the… what? (light of the world)Matthew 5:15-16 says: “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your… what? (light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.)
Alternatively, read John 1:1-9 in the dark with a low torch. Challenge everyone to hold their own torch and flash it on and off every time they hear the word ‘light’.
When you’ve finished, say that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Ask why they think the writer uses light as a way to describe Jesus and God’s work on earth.
- Light up jelly – make jelly in a bowl and before it sets, put a glass or clear plastic tub into it, holding it down with sticks and string or some other engineering! When it’s set, put a set of battery powered lights into the glass or tub before turning the jelly out. Make sure there’s a switch outside the jelly, or that you’ve already turned the lights on!
- Make star shaped snacks using a star cutter on carrots, slices of cheese, apple etc. I’ve even cut thin slices of raw broccoli stem! (see picture below)
- Make cheese candles – use a small rectangular block of cheddar for the candle and fix a Red Gloucester flame shape on top using a short cocktail stick. (See the picture below)