This year, celebrate the true meaning of Halloween by throwing an All Hallows Eve party. Halloween for kids can be unattractive to many families, and rightly so. A wholesome and beneficial alternative to Halloween is throwing a party party which focuses on the feast of All Saints Day. We have found that it is way more fun than trick or treating and all that scary stuff. You and your guests are sure to have a blast!
Although any meal will work at an All Hallows Eve party, it’s fun to try to keep it Halloweenish. You can achieve this by making ghost bananas and pumpkin oranges. Have your guests bring their favorite side dish, that way everyone likes what’s being served and the more guests there are, the more food there is!
Soul cakes are also an essential food to help remind the guests that we must be praying for the Poor Souls in Purgatory during the month of November.
To make your banana ghosts you will need:
Peel each banana and cut them in half. Put two little chocolate chips side-by-side for the eyes and one big one in the middle as the mouth.
And...Voila! you have just made a eatable ghost.
To make your pumpkin oranges you will need:
each orange. Cut the green beans into little, 1/2-inch chunks. Put the green bean chunks into the tops of the oranges.
Doesn't it look like a little mini pumpkin?
Both these recipes are really easy and fit very well into the Halloween season. Plus they are healthy to offset any candy that will be eaten that evening.
When children first started trick-or-treating, they would be given, instead of candy, a soul cake. Instead of "Trick-or-treat" as the door was opened they would say:
"A soul cake, a soul cake, a prayer for a soul cake."
The children would be given a soul cake along with a list of the family's departed family and friends. The children would then have to pray for these souls during the month of November.
You can make these little historic rolls by following the recipe at the right. They are a sweet roll and are very tasty especially when served with butter and jam-peach jam was our favorite.
Because this is not a very common party, enclose many details in your invitation. You can print out ours and fill in the blanks, or use it as an outline.
The best decorations for an All Hallows Eve party include:
These decorations are most necessary and the party is not complete without them!
When constructing your own graveyard, you will need a few things to make it look real. The things necessary are:
Set the gravestones out and put a pile of leaves at the end of each gravestone. Make each pile the length of an adult. This will give the effect that the buried have not been dead long.
You can easily make your own gravestones. All you need is:
Put a rock in each of the cardboard boxes, arranging it so that it stands up straight. Then wrap the boxes completely in butcher paper. Tape your label on the front of the box.
Now you have a "gravestone" to place in your graveyard ahead of each pile of leaves. It really turns out great! If you have time make more graves.
What the Poor Soul should wear:
Paint the poor Souls using the face paint. Paint the entire face white and then black and blue around his eyes. Also paint his cheeks so they look thin and sunken in.
This skit is better when it is memorized as it will seem more like a visit than a recital. Here is an appropriate skit that could be recited by him. We use the script suggested by the folks over at Catholicculture.org. You can print the skit words right here!
The Poor Soul is a part that can be done by one or two people. I am usually the Poor Soul with Sham-Wow. I do most of it as he is still a little young. I do, however, give him certain parts to do all by himself.
A Hell room is a part of an All Hallows Eve party because it reminds the children that there is a place of punishment for those who die in mortal sin.
This room is not to scare people, just to make them remember to be good in little things while they are children so that they will be able to be good in important things when they are adults.
Preparing your Hell room is easy. All you need is:
Using the crayons or markers, color the paper side of the butcher paper with flames. Tie the string to the head cut out. (Mr. B is our expert devil head artist.)
Hang your cut out in the room that you are going to use as the Hell room. Using a few thumbtacks, hang the colored butcher paper in the doorway to your Hell room. Inside the room put a shop light in a position that the shadow of the head will show clearly silhouetted against the butcher paper.
Turn on the scary music and let it repeat playing throughout the party. We play "Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor" which we bought from iTunes from the soundtrack "Film Classic Orchestra Oscars Studio".
Encourage your guests to dress in the garb of their favorite saint. (Or their own patron saints!) This fun need not be reserved for the kids only. Moms and dads should join in the fun!
Begin the festivities with recitation of the Rosary.
The Sorrowful Mysteries are prayed for the souls in Purgatory, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints.
Then have a candlelight procession to your “graveyard” chanting or playing an audio of the Litany of the Saints.
Upon arriving at the “graveyard”, say a Hail Mary for each of the intentions: for family, friends, clergy, and the forgotten dead. Berries and evergreens should be left at each grave to symbolize that it is Christ’s Passion and Death which brings Eternal Life.
Next? Dinner and refreshments! Then a few games can be played. Some favorites include:
Then a distribution of bagged goodies are given to the children before their departure. Have the parents bring bags for their own children. This year, our goodies contained:
family should be responsible for their own children’s goodies. Have the
child’s name written on the bag with a list of souls to pray for during the month of November.
This party provides a good time for the children, but as Catholics we should reserve the big celebration for the holy day, All Saints Day, November 1st. So remember to maintain a little of the fast-before-the-feast character for All Hallows’ Eve.
Our annual All Hallows Eve party is my favorite party of the entire year! I hope it becomes a yearly tradition and that the guest at your party enjoy themselves!
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