Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Finding Truth in Halloween: Repost
It's October, so that means it's time for a repost of one of my most popular activities on this blog. Looking to teach your kids about the truth behind Halloween? The history of All Hallows Eve and the Connection to All Souls Day and All Saints Day? The deal with relics, zombies, and praying for the dead? Well, here you go! Plenty of information packed into a booklet or several coloring/info pages, ready for you to use in your classroom or home. Enjoy!
Will you be decorating with skulls or cornstalks?
Dressing your kid as a zombie or St. Francis?
Teaching about death and salvation or pretending that the holiday isn't really happening?
I have to admit, all of the "camps" of opinions about Halloween can be confusing. Redeem the holiday. Ignore the holiday. Revive the "holy day" in the holiday. Reject the dark, embrace the harvest. Focus on the Saints, forget about the evil...
There is great truth in the traditions and rituals of Halloween, and I think that instead of forgetting about them entirely, we can use this holiday (which the culture has abused) to teach kids about topics that can be easy to skip over, like death, purgatory, praying for the dead, relics, and good & evil.
My friend Bonnie at A Knotted Life is tackling her parish's All Saints Day party, and has set a goal for bringing in as much symbolic truth into the celebration as she can. You can read about her ideas here, which includes great plans for snacks, games, structure, and decorations. She also has a Pinterest board with all kinds of fabulous ideas.
Per her request, I put together some coloring pages with explanations, prayers, and Scripture to explain some of the "holy" found in All Hallow's Eve. I was more than happy to comply, because after talking about many of these things in my classroom last year, the idea of a teaching tool like this was something that I knew I would be able to use.
Click here for an 8 page mini book about All Hallow's Eve, including its origins and traditions, All Saints Day, relics, praying for the dead, Jack-O-Lanterns, Saints and souls, good and evil, etc.
Click here for one with info on a few of the traditions of All Hallow's Eve:
All Saints & All Souls Day Letters.)
Here is a connection between Jack-O-Lanterns and the Morning Offering:
And one about praying for the dead:
Here is one about zombies and the resurrection of the dead:
Do you have any ideas on incorporating truth into Halloween and All Saints Day? I'd love to hear them here, or you can join the conversation at A Knotted Life.