Truth And Halloween

Learning about  the Truth and Halloween can be a rewarding, learning experience with young kids.

Our Flagstaff, Arizona  Sunday School class went on a family adventure in Williams, Arizona at, Bearizona, a wild life drive through park.  The journey was inspiring to say the least as the kids learned what Christ Jesus tells us,  “Ye shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free.”  We learned the Truth about Halloween and can apply the principle to all kinds of unpleasant or scary situations.  When confronted about what is real and what is not real we saw the truth about a lie.

The original fun afternoon was just to have a picnic then drive through park and walk around the baby animal area. The 3rd and 4th grade boys found a Haunted Halloween House and wanted to go through it.  The haunted house was PG13 so a parent had to go with them.  One dad stayed with a 4-year-old and 2 moms and I went with the two boys with me bringing up the end.

B Haunted house

As we entered the haunted house we were greeted by a serpent that was alive and well.  A rather ominous welcome.  We later talked about the serpent in the Garden of Eden and the temptations we are often offered by this character in the first chapter of Genesis. We also talked about Moses and how his rod turned into a serpent and he took it by the tail and turned it back into the rod.

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The sign at the entry seemed to heighten the anxiety as we entered the Haunted house.  I mentioned  we would be walking with God and not to fear the unknown as he would be right there with us.

b sign prepare to die

The entry was very dark and we all went one by one into the haunted chamber.

B entering HH

The first sounds and sights did create a lot of fear as the haunted chamber was so dark and the images appeared real.

B scary animals

B only yellow eyes B fire

The kids started to scream as a hand reached out in the dark to touch them.  One of the mothers calmly shared the fact that the creatures were only in costumes and they were people pretending to be Halloween goblins and there was nothing to be afraid of.  We were in the middle of the Haunted House so we had to go back out the front or follow through to get to the light at the end.  I captured  proof of the creatures not being real by shooting the tennis shoes.  I reaffirmed what the mother had told them was so true that these were employees dressed up in costumes.  I had the shots on the camera so they need not be afraid of something evil trying to claim it was real when that was not the truth.  God was right there with us and taking us to the light.

B feels like Raiders

B the truth people in costumes

Once we could see the light the boys were elated and ready to move on with the day.  They found a  torture area and decided to try it out.  We talked about how Jesus was nailed to the cross and how that might feel the same. We were really covering a lot of concepts in the Bible in one Halloween adventure where we learned the truth about evil as not being real and knowing that God was protecting them no matter what.   Having the photos to be able to calmly discuss the Bible connection at the next Sunday School class was very helpful.

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B kids on pumpkins

Learning about God and his protection can be a fun adventure and applies to absolutely everything we experience, as we found the Truth in Halloween.   All the fear in the dark was NOT real.  There was nothing to be afraid of.  The people in the haunted house were just dressed in costumes and masked so we could not see the real individual employee who was kind and loving.  Once the mask is removed from any evil that appears to be real,  the Truth is then evident and all anxiety is gone.  God is all and it is all good Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that hehad made, and, behold it was VERY good.”  We walk through the door to the light and Love of God leaving everything that was untrue behind.

We found the Truth and what is real at Halloween.

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6 Responses to “Truth And Halloween”

  1. Valentina Says:

    That serpent was big and scary, it would have scared me for sure, but thanks to your teaching about walking with God the kids got over the fear. Great teacher you are, Carra!

  2. Carra Riley Says:

    Valentina, Thank you for stopping by and reading the post. I feel that in life we have so many different serpents and scary things to deal with on a daily basis the sooner we learn to rely on God for everything the more balance our lives will have. Thank you again for your kind comment!

  3. Bonny Says:

    Wonderful lesson and lovely pictures of a happy day. Thank you so much for sharing those useful thoughts about taking the mask off of a lie to reveal the truth!

    • Carra Riley Says:

      Thank you Bonny for your kind comment. It is so important for kids at a young age to know how to go to God with EVERYTHING as God a connection with God is the only coping skill they will ever need! We were talking with the same kids about the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and she was lost in space and said “No one ever taught me how to pray” Now that was a powerful message! We need to teach our kids how to pray and talk to God as Daniel did in the Lions Den and David with Goliath as we all have Lions and giants to deal with no matter what age. Thank you again for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Fun learning together at all ages!

  4. Gary Woltal Says:

    What a fascinating experience of Haunted House and talking about teachings from the Bible Carra. They say the rise in Haunted Houses is people wanting to FEEL that fear, an adrenaline rush, to laugh, almost like an amusement park ride. A live serpent was surprising. Fear NOT is what is taught over and over again in the Bible and if you have that unlike Sandra Bullock in Gravity who doesn’t know how to pray you have found FAITH. I am very happy Carra you are molding young minds to God so well.

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