All Hallows Eve Party updated by Kathleen and Faustina on November 2, 2019
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 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!
If you plan on carving pumpkins during the All Hallows Eve party, which I like to do if it is just our family, you will need to start early. Prepare as much as possible by gutting the pumpkins, printing templates, and having tea lights ready.
A big pot of soup is perfect for this party. It’s fun to have Halloweenish appetizers. Have half of the guests bring an appetizer and half bring dessert that way you can make a big pot of soup, provide table wear and forget the rest. When throwing children parties keep the food simple. They don't eat very much during parties anyway.
You may want to provide soul cakes. They are a traditional roll that serve as a reminder to pray for poor souls 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 an edible ghost.
To make your pumpkin oranges you will need:
Peel each orange. Cut the green beans into little, 1/2-inch chunks. Put the green bean chunks into the tops of the oranges. Who can resist these mini pumpkin?
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 traditional rolls by following the recipe below. They are a sweet rolls and are very tasty especially when served with butter and jam--peach jam is delicious.
We just love our All Hallows Eve Parties! Every year we recycle our costumes and add some new things as you will see in our photo gallery below. Because most people expect something different at a Halloween party, enclose as many details in your invitation as you can. Use the one pictured above or create your own. The one we provide prints out lovely and has a place to provide your address and RSVP information. It is a square invitation measuring 5 1/2 inches for envelope purchasing purposes.
The best decorations for an All Hallows Eve party include:
These decorations are 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 with:
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.
A visit from a poor soul in the graveyard can add an element of scary as well as imply the need for prayers for the souls suffering in Purgatory. A simplified skit from Catholicculture.org is provided below:
Children of God and Members of His Holy Church, we (or I) have come from Purgatory to beg your prayers and urge you to amend your lives.
While I lived on earth, I was forgetful of my true home in heaven. My sins were not so great as to condemn me to Hell, but neither did I strive to love God with my whole heart and soul, mind and will. I am now bound to suffer...(moan)
Oh! The sufferings I endure now to make up for my sins. My brothers and sisters in the Mystical Body, begin today to change your ways.
Remember, it is in the Cross that we most resemble Jesus, our Savior. And finally love our Vicar on Earth, and our Blessed Mother Mary. I must leave now to my temporary prison of Suffering.
Pray for me!! Pray for all the faithful departed. Repent NOW! Repent now! (trail off)
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.
Preparing your Hell room is easy with:
Using the crayons or markers, color the paper side of the butcher paper with flames. Tie the string to the head cut-out.
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".
Finally create a sign that reads:
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here!
...and place it over the door to the room.
Encourage your guests to dress in the garb of their favorite saint. This fun need not be reserved for the kids only. Moms and dads should join in the fun!
Some favorite activities include:
Distribute the goodie bags that the parents brought for their own children after the Rosary and before your guests leave. As a part of an All Hallows Eve Party, it is easy to incorporate the meaning of All Souls’ Day. In each goodie bag include a for each child with a prayer and a list of souls to pray for during the month of November. This way the children will begin the habit of praying for poor souls as they partake in their treats.
Compile your poor souls list by brainstorming departed family members, friends and clergy. Divide this list of names among your children. A short prayer that works well for little ones is:
Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the holy Souls in Purgatory. Amen. (300 day indulgence)
A longer prayer can be found for bigger children.
Another November tradition to adopt is making visits to cemeteries. Visiting several during November while praying for the poor souls is highly recommended. It is fun to look at all the old graves.
Don’t forget to add to your morning offering during the month November:
I wish to gain all the indulgences attached to the prayers I shall say and to the good works I shall perform this day for the poor souls in Purgatory.
November is a great opportunity to teach children about the Communion of Saints!
Our annual All Hallows Eve party is my favorite party of the entire year! I hope it becomes a yearly tradition and that the guests at your party enjoy themselves!
Faustina Bowen is a founding member of industriousfamily.com. She is the second of ten children in a homeschool family. This high school Senior likes writing scripts for movies, helping mothers with their babies and playing the flute. She contributes to society at large by making wholesome movies and writing amazing articles and entertainment reviews.
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