Fear Not! Halloween Sunday School Lesson

"Fear Not" Bible lesson for kidsHalloween 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

  5. Jacqui says

    Thank you for these comments…Halloween has been an issue in our current church(overseas) but not in our old church(US) and since I am a volunteer Sunday school teacher, I will make the lesson for the kids to be just like HIM…”I wanna be Lord just like YOU… “the song I have learned when I was in a kid in the church. Thank you again for this beautiful site…such a great help! May GOD bless you always!

  6. leslie says

    I was looking for the pumkin template with the word “shine” and a cross. Was this on the Ministry to children website…I’ve lost track of that. Also, was there not a craft with beads and the word “shine”?

  7. marc says

    its that view of some christians ignorance that ticks me off. Holloween isnt even a celtic holiday it was actualy ironicaly made by christians to help convert pegans and celts to are side. It originaly was a tribute to harvest then christians came and dicided rather than denie the holiday they converted it and trick or treat has a partial relation to the old tradition of giving soul cakes beggars would take the cakes from people and in return for them would say prayers for souls that have passed. research!!!!!!!!!

  8. Robin B says

    I taught Pre-K Sunday School and Wednesday night Christ’s Kids for years and was never privileged to tools such as this. Due to a popular rise in technological advances and the good old internet, I now have this useful information. Thank you for developing this site to better assist us as educators in paving a Christian road for our children. Now, regarding the Halloween lesson, I don’t see any harm in allowing our children to dress up as long as they are not bloody, gory, monsters. It is fun for the kids to participate with their friends. It can be harmful to a child’s self-esteem to be excluded from community activities. As long as your children understand that this is not about worshiping Satan or honoring demons or the dead, and about having simple fun in your community, you should be okay. Make sure that you offer this lesson or any other Christ lesson before you take your children out to get their candy so that they understand that God is the real “treat”.

  9. Jadyn Clark says

    They have a bible lesson for preschoolers about not being
    afraid. it is called “Do Not Fear”

  10. Bobbie Jo says

    I am very thankful that you posted a lesson such as this. I teach the Children of our church and I feel that Halloween is nothing to be ignored, children of today are shown thru school and parents thats its ok to dress up and participate. However, it is our job as Sunday School and Children Church teachers to show and teach these children that this is NOT a Holiday. Deliver the message about Jesus Christ and his wonderful Salvation for us. This lesson is perfect for reaching out to children and show them that by accepting the Lord Jesus into our hearts gives us eternal life in Heaven with Him. But by turning our heads and ignoring Halloween would be like ignoring the fact that the Government is taking God out of our childrens schools.

  11. Jason says

    Actually, it is a celtic holiday and does not represent satan, but the false belief that souls pass through another life when they die. I think that the basis of this story has good potential but be careful not to teach falsly about things just because we don’t agree with them. Teach the truth and it will set you free.

  12. Veronica says

    Good lesson. Focus should be on Jesus!!!!
    I do not celebrate Halloween and neither does my church. Instead we teach our children the truth, Halloween is a pagan day, that celebrates Satan. We inform our children and encourage them not to participate in this event. We don’t ignore it but we teach against it. 1 Cor. 10:20 Jesus did not ignore sin but He called it out and encouraged those to turn away from their sins. Props on putting the focus where it should go!

  13. Emily says

    Thanks, Tony. Appreciate your grace and wisdom. I don’t believe God wants us to hide our heads in the sand, and He certainly wants us to seize every opportunity to speak and share His Truth to the lies of the world, which speak that God doesn’t exist, that Satan is more powerful than God, and that we can do nothing in the face of fear but look ‘inside’ at ourselves for the answers. We HAVE the answers, and we need to be prepared every chance we have to share it with the world!

    I am the Jr. Church Coordinator/Teacher in our congregation, and you have hit the nail on the head in terms of where I was planning on going this year with my lessons. 2 years ago we carved a pumpkin along with the theme of the pumpkin prayer, last year I handed out glow in the dark crosses and we talked about being the light in the darkness, and this year God has been leading me to share about His love, protection and provision in the face of fear, and how we can find our refuge in Him. Love your scripture, and I’ll be specifically adding your references to God being in charge of our soul, and not fearing what man or Satan can do to it.

    God bless you,
    Emily

  14. Amy Scott says

    also, just thinking we have done the pumpkin gospel the past few years and it is well received.

  15. Amy Scott says

    Hi everyone
    Thank you for your comments. This is a struggle for us too.
    I do think kids need to hear the message God has overcome evil and I am fearful if we do not address it because we are acting like it doesn’t exist and the kids are not being affected by halloween which is not the case of what I have seen in our kids. so glad you wrote this lesson and I will be using it for our older kids 1st-5th. Any ideas on how to use with preschoolers?
    Thanks
    Amy

  16. says

    Tony: I’m solidly opposed to celebrating Halloween. Therefore I loved your lesson. It was excellent at taking the focus off of Halloween and putting it onto Christ. Way to go.

    One correction to point out. According to Matthew 10:28-32 no one BUT GOD can kill the soul. It doesn’t say that the soul cannot be killed. In fact it specifically says that God CAN kill the soul. Immortality only comes through Jesus (See 1 John 5:11-12, Eze 18:20, Eccl 9:5-6)

    Kim: I think that totally ignoring Halloween is a dangerous thing to do because the kids and their families are not ignoring it. If you’re silent on the issue then your silence will be understood as support.

  17. LORI KRAVITZ says

    GREAT IDEAS!!! OUR KIDS AT CHURCH WILL ENJOY. THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A BLESSING!

  18. says

    Tony said: “But if Paul used pagan temples as sermon illustrations why should we not talk about Jesus power over death? ”

    I also think about Elijah. He even encouraged the prophets of Baal to set up an altar, make sacrifice and pray to their god – so that the truew and living God would be recognized.
    I am not advocating thatwe welcome pagan practices into the church!! But it goes to show that under the anointing of God, like Paul and Elijah, we can declare the overcoming power of the all-victorious Jesus Christ at sauch seasons as this! Kids are exposed to hallowe’en and all sorts of other horrendous, filthy stuff all through the year. We MUST take every opportunity to present the wonderful Saviour from sin, fear and death, or we are failing them and failing the Lord who called us to serve these children and declare the Truth.

  19. says

    @Kim: Thanks for your comment, but I don’t see how anyone would miss the point of this lesson. The good news of Jesus can overcome fear of death, which needs to be said now of all times in our culture. If you’re against Halloween then confronting it with Bible truth is the best approach.

    I understand people have strong feelings about this Halloween. But if Paul used pagan temples as sermon illustrations why should we not talk about Jesus power over death? To miss this opportunity would be itself be un-Christian.

  20. Kim says

    I’m giving this a thumbs down. There is no need for “alternative” lessons for this day. It would help if publishers like yourselves would just ignore it and stick with good old bible lessons. There is no place for anything related to a satanic “holiday” in the church.

  21. Anne says

    Kid’s Ministry people are THE BEST! Thanks to one and all for making these resources available.

  22. says

    I love seeing Hook, Look, Book, Took! Its a format I learned in college and haven’t seen from anyone other than my prof and those of us who learned it from him.

  23. Genalyn Nanquil says

    Hi!I just want to thank you for a wonderful stories and awesome coloring pages that you allowed to download and print.i’ved been using this lesson for my children’s bible story..i helps me a lot.I will pray that God will give you more wisdom to make more crafts and coloring materials.Thanks a lot! To God be the glory!

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