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Halloween Costumes for Christian Children

Updated on March 8, 2016
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Deborah is a mother and grandmother who loves to pass on tips to other parents and grandparents in her articles.

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Christian children have many positive options for costumes, including butterflies!
Christian children have many positive options for costumes, including butterflies! | Source

Choosing a Costume for a Church All Saint's Eve Party

When we were raising our children in Dallas, many of the Christian churches did not like the idea of encouraging young children to go out trick or treating, especially when the children were choosing to dress up as witches, devils, monsters and evil characters from movies. They didn't think that this sent the right message for Christian children.

As a result, a number of churches began to hold carnivals on Halloween night and frequently they called them All Saint's Eve parties. (The first day of November is All Saint's Day.) Our children loved to attend these events. The kids got all the candy they wanted, enjoyed getting their faces painted, and also had the opportunity to play games and win prizes. Sometimes there were hayrides or pony rides, especially if the weather was good. Parents volunteered to work at the booths and donated the candy.

That tradition continues today, not just in Dallas, but in Christian churches across the United States. It is a nice alternative to letting your children run through the streets, knocking on the doors of strangers and asking for candy. It is also much safer. You don't have to worry that they could run into the street and be hit by a car, or that they might eat something that they should not have.

The one request that most of the churches make is that the costumes be appropriate. The children should not be dressed as devils, monsters, witches, or evil movie characters. They should also be appropriately covered up ... no low-cut dresses, short skirts, or shirtless costumes. They also did not want any costumes that would scare the youngest children.

So, you may be asking, what's left? Shown below are a number of great ideas for fun costumes for Christian children.

Christian Costumes for Children - Religious Characters are Always Popular

Many of the children love to dress up as characters from the Bible. They really enjoy these costumes that allow them to dress as Mary, Joseph, an angel or a shepherd. These costumes are handy, too, if the kids are going to be in a Christmas pageant later in the year.

These costumes can easily be passed down in the family, as well. Year after year, different children can be angels or shepherds at Halloween or for the annual Christmas pageant.

In addition to the costumes that you can find online, you can also make your own, often with sheets, robes, scarves or other items you already have around the house. The ones shown here should give you some great ideas to get you started.

Great Ideas for Multiple Occasions

One idea is to make or buy costumes for your children that can be used for more than one occasion. For example, you can help dress your child as an angel, shepherd, Mary, Joseph or other characters from the Bible. Often you can make these costumes yourself, with a pattern or by using items you already have.

If you have more than one child in your family, you can often passed the outfits on from child to child within a family, frequently using them for both All Saint's Eve parties and Christmas pageants. Many Christian families will find it handy to keep these costumes on hand for their family.

In addition, kids love to play dress-up, and these outfits are all are fun, appropriate choices. They are not scary or gory.

Animals Are Another Popular Idea

In addition to dressing as religious characters, many children loved to dress up as animals. Those were always a fun choice in our family and most children love to dress up as everything from frogs to elephants. It is easy to turn your child into a butterfly, like the one shown in the photo at the top of this article.

When it comes to animals, you are only limited by your imagination. One of our daughters had a cat hood that covered her head. It was white and, when combined with a white t-shirt and pants, all we needed to do was use make-up to pain whiskers on her face to turn her into a cat. When it was cold, she wore a white sweater over her costume.

It was an inexpensive outfit, with very little that we needed to get in a store. In addition, it was very appropriate for her to wear to church events.

Pumpkins and Other Costume Ideas for Christian Children

There are many other choices for Christian Children. They can dress up as pumpkins, historical characters, robots, astronauts, priests, cowboys or other creative ideas. They can dress as people in all types of jobs. Sometimes just having the right hat or mask is all you need to add to clothing that they currently like to wear.

If you already have items around your home that can be converted into one of these outfits, such as turning boxes into a robot body, then you can make a fun costume yourself without spending a penny.

Choosing to dress your children in positive costumes rather than scary ones does not have to limit your choices.

Don't Forget How Important Medical Personnel Are

Many young children want to grow up to be a doctor or nurse. These are more costumes that your kids may enjoy wearing, even after Halloween is long past.

In addition, letting your children play dress up in these costumes may encourage them to want to pursue these careers one day. Meanwhile, these are two also costumes that they are going to want to wear for playtime, and not just for holidays.

Many kids love having a trunk full of costume pieces to stimulate their imagination when they play. These medical costumes are sure to please all year long.

Share Your Ideas for Great Christian Costumes for Halloween

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I hope this article helps some parents realize that their children don't have to dress as devils or serial killers in order to enjoy Halloween.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I just wanted to come back and share this article again because Halloween is tomorrow! Maybe someone who is still undecided about what costumes to let their children wear will be helped by these great suggestions.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I think that many of us are hesitant to let our kids go out, even one night a year, dressed in certain types of Halloween costumes. The ones in this article are much more likely to please both children and their parents.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      You have some great ideas here. With Halloween just a few weeks away people may already be thinking about their children's costumes. I would never let my daughter dress up in certain costumes either, when she was growing up. I really don't like celebrating certain things. Voted up!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Our church found that All Saint's Eve parties were a fun and safe way to keep kids off the streets on Halloween ... and the kids didn't feel like they were missing out on anything!

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      All saint's eve parties sound like a great idea, kids love the concept of costumes and dressing up, it's great to have a fun alternative when Halloween promotes themes and ideas that we do not support.