If we’re going to participate in Halloween, we should celebrate the Great Light in the Darkness (Jesus) and not the darkness itself! The use of a flashlight to study the “Ten Commandments of Halloween” can help students understand this.
“Ten Commandments for Halloween” Object Lesson
Note: This lesson contains a helpful craft at the end!
Household Object #1: Flashlight
Matthew 4:16: The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
– Bright flashlight & a dark room
– 10 sheets of paper
– Sharpie, use to write out The Ten Commandments for Halloween (see lesson).
– Photocopies of The Ten Commandments for Halloween, one for each child.
– Crayons and Halloween stickers (optional)
Object Lesson Preparation:
On ten individual sheets of paper, write out The Ten Commandments for Halloween. Make sure the room can be dark enough to be slightly ominous, but not so dark that you can’t see your notes.
Object Lesson (with teacher’s words):
Seat students around you in a dark room. Make it as dark as possible.
How many of your are afraid of the dark? Let them answer.
What are we afraid of in the dark? What types of things?
Spooky things like ghosts and witches.
As it’s almost Halloween, lots of folks will be dressed like spooky things we fear in the dark”¦like ghosts and monsters. What is a ghost? What does that word mean?
That somebody who was alive has now died and is hanging around here.
That is a dark thought, isn’t it? Darkness makes us think scary or depressing things sometimes, doesn’t it? That’s why Jesus referred to himself as “the light of the world.” He came to”¦
Go to the light switch and switch it on.
“¦keep us in the light, so that we don’t have to be scared of darkness. “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” That’s what Matthew 4:16 says about Jesus.
Those of us who are going to celebrate Halloween need to remember a few things.
First, many people make Halloween a celebration of darkness.
Turn off the lights again.
Rather than being scared – and rather than scaring others –
Turn on your flashlight.
We need to be lights in the dark for others! Using our light, let’s read The Ten Commandments for Halloween:
Have students come forward one at a time, hold the flashlight, and read one of the commandments off the individual sheets. After each student reads, he should stand in a line in the darkness, holding up his commandment. Flash the flashlight down the line occasionally. The Ten Commandments for Halloween are as follows:
The Ten Commandments for Halloween
1. We don’t want people to fear us. We want people to love us;
2. We don’t want to make people shudder; we want to make people smile;
3. We don’t want to wear costumes that will make people sick; Jesus came to heal the sick!
4. We don’t want to focus on graves; we want to focus on resurrection from the graves!
5. The only blood we should be happy about is the blood that Jesus shed for our sins.
6. The only ghost we want to believe in is the Holy Ghost.
7. The only screaming we should do is to shout the love of Jesus from the rooftops!
8. We don’t want to act like bats. We want to act like doves of peace.
9. We don’t want dress like devils. We want to be angels of love.
10. On Halloween, we don’t want to celebrate darkness; we want to be lights in the darkness. We want people to know that there is something special about us. We may be in costume, but our hearts are dressed like Jesus!
Take the flashlight to read your conclusion:
When we go out on Halloween, let’s see how many people we can make smile. Let’s see how many compliments we can give others. Let’s see how many times we can shrug, refuse to be afraid, and not dwell on those extra-scary costumes and houses. Let’s see how many times we can say “thank you!” when people give us candy. Let’s remember to share with little brothers and sisters who might not have as much candy as we have when we get home.
Shine the flashlight around the room at all the faces.
That’s being a light in the dark.
Father, help us to be lights in the dark everyday, but especially on Halloween, when so many are celebrating darkness! Amen.
Related Art Project
Give every child a copy of The Ten Commandments for Halloween. Let them decorate them with drawings and glitter and stickers.
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