Fear Not! Halloween Sunday School Lesson

Halloween is a day in our country when both the young and old find fun in death and what is scary.  Many children set out to find the scariest costume to wear for their school parade and trick-or-treating.  With so many visual symbols of death set before our children at this time of year it is fitting to teach them about how children of God have no need to fear death.

This lesson walks children through a passage from the book of Matthew to help them see how death is not a scary thing for the believer. It could be used in Sunday School, but would be ideal for a Halloween Children’s Church lesson.

We’ve also posted an alternative lesson plan for Halloween – Faith Overcomes Fear! and a preschool lesson called “Do Not Fear!

Text: Matthew 10:28-33

Learning Objective: The children will learn how a child of God does not need to fear death.

Target Age: 3rd-5th grade

Time Needed: 20 minutes, plus time to meet with children following the lesson to discuss their salvation.

Materials Needed: None

Optional: You can use our free Halloween Coloring page or Armor of God coloring pages along with this lesson. For younger children, the My God is So Big Song would be a good addition.

Hook:

  1. “What are some things that come to your mind when you think about Halloween?”  Take input from the children.
  2. “Many of the things you have shared are scary things and things to do with death.  Would you say a big part of how people celebrate Halloween is to be scared and find fun in death?”
  3. “But, God tells us in the Bible that if we are His child who has accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we do not need to fear death.”

Book:

  1. Open your Bibles to Matthew 10:28-32
  2. Read aloud this passage while the children follow along in their own Bibles.

Look:

  1. “Let’s read verse 28 again.”  Have a child read it out loud.
  2. “Who is ‘him who can destroy both soul and body’?”  God.
  3. “Can people destroy your soul?” No.  “Can Satan destroy your soul?” No.  “Does our soul live forever even when our body dies?” Yes.
  4. “So if you are a child of God, God has already given your soul everlasting life!  You do not need to fear losing your body or dying because your soul will go to live forever with God in heaven!  And in heaven we will even get a new body!”
  5. “Now look at verse 29-31.”  Have a child read these verses out loud.
  6. “Does God care for little baby sparrows?” Yes.  “If God cares for little sparrows, then how much more do you think He cares for His own children?”  A lot!
  7. “Isn’t it amazing that God knows the number of hairs on our head?  He must care for us a lot to know that fact about us.”
  8. “If God knows the number of hairs on our head and sees us as more valuable than sparrows, then we have nothing to fear because the God of the universe knows us and cares for us.  He will be with us in life and in death.”

Took:

  1. Have a child read aloud verse 32.
  2. “This verse tells us that if we are a follower of Christ and we believe in what Christ did for us on the cross, then we have nothing to fear because we will be going to live in heaven with God forever.  That is good news!”
  3. “But is it true that everyone on earth has nothing to fear, not even death?”
  4. Have a child read aloud verse 33.
  5. “This verse says if you are not a follower of Christ and you have not trusted in what he did for you on the cross, then you do have something to fear.  You who have not given your life to follow Jesus will not live for eternity in heaven with God.  That is not good news.  That is something to fear.”
  6. “My question for you today is: do you have a reason to fear death or have you given your life to Jesus and therefore have no reason to fear death?”
  7. This would now be a time to present the gospel and/or allow the opportunity for children to meet with an adult leader to discuss the state of their salvation.


Comments

  1. Shylie says

    Bless you for this!!! I grew up not celebrating Halloween, and honestly felt rather terrified of it because of the occult stigma it had. But now I am in a church that does acknowledge it and I am a leader of an Awana class. I was searching for something to do tonight that WOULD acknowledge the holiday (since all the kids in my Awana class will be celebrating it with their parents tomorrow) BUT at the same time, that would put the focus on the Lord and not make me feel like I am “selling out”. This is PERFECT. And I really feel I need this lesson as much as the kids because of the fear factor that is often pushed on Christian families in regard to Halloween. So thank you and God bless you! You saved the day for me! :)

  2. Tariq Masih says

    I am God,s servant from Pakistan and whole dadicated to teach children the message of true love of God,s for them.As being a Muslim country there are not much resources in Pakistan for those who want to work in children.I found this ministry very effective that how in better way we can deal with children in the light of Bible teaching.God bless you we are using your lessons for sunday schools,children camps,and providing your material to our local Churches and peoles who are running any ministry for children in Pakistan.We will pray for your more spiritual growth and blessings

    Kingdom of Jesus Ministries
    Pakistan
    Tariq Masih and our team

  3. says

    Thanks for this easy-to-read and follow text – just what I was looking for, both for Halloween AND follow-up to a lesson on how each person is specially & wonderfully made, & God cares about each one (the sparrow verse) – so it will reinforce the “sparrow” lesson, while addressing what I wanted to cover re. Halloween.
    We will be talking about souls of loved ones dearly departed, & honoring them by making gauze-covered photos of their loved ones, hopefully over helium balloons, & talking about how we all still live (John 3:16) and Matthew 10:32. Through you, God provided what I needed to tie these together!

  4. Eunice says

    Thank you a lot i think you are in right way because on Sunday i was telling them about fear.This is because sometime they fear to do or to say something infront of us and they know something even to represent a verse and song is problem. This will help me to teach and to encourage them so that they can improve not to have fear in their life. Thanx

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