Over the last few years I decided to stop celebrating Halloween. As a Christian, I believe it serves us no purpose. (Ephesians 5:11)
But ever since I’ve had my daughter, everyone is so excited to dress her up and take her trick-or-treating. With this being my first Halloween as a mom, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I am going to explain to her that we don’t celebrate Halloween without making her feel like a complete outcast lol.
Nevertheless I have a few years to worry about that. For now, I’m more focused on finding Halloween-free ways to celebrate one of the prettiest times of year! So I’ve curated some fun, affordable, and family-friendly Fall activities!
1) Be blessed & pumpkin spice obsessed
It’s Pumpkin Spice and everything nice season. Turn on the fireplace, light some candles, and have some family baking nights! These pumpkin spice recipes are a fun way to celebrate Fall & usher in some much needed family time. (PS: pumpkin spice cupcakes will be your fave.)
2) Get apple cider from a local farm or apple orchard
Fresh apple cider is SO good and SO slept on. Not only does this give you a chance to support your local farmer‘s market, but also get those cute Fall pics that everyone wants. Leaves, hay, apples, pumpkins—the whole Fall vibe in one place.
3) Fall movie nights at home
Everyone talks about Christmas movies, but nothing beats cozying up to Netflix and fall vibes. Hot local apple cider and your pumpkin spice snacks were just made for fall movies/TV. Here are some of my favorite (family-friendly) things to watch to get in the Fall mood:
- Pumpkin Pie Wars (or any seasonal Hallmark movie for that matter)
- Any Thanksgiving episode of Friends (“The One with the Rumor”) is my personal favorite. Who doesn’t love Brad Pitt?
- Seasonal Netflix movies
4) Drive-in Movies
If you search hard enough, you’ll find that many states do have drive-in movies or outdoor movie nights! These are typically hosted in the Summer, but many continue into the first week of October. If you’re in the DMV area, Union Market and The National Harbor host Fall movies throughout the season.
5) S’mores over a bonfire
Who said that bonfires are only for the summer? If you have a backyard, this is a super affordable and fun way to bond this Fall. If you don’t, some local farms offer bonfire packages. Here’s one in the Maryland area: Butler’s Orchard.
6) Have a picnic in the park
If weather permits, a cozy fall day is perfect for a picnic in the park. These are best when it’s not too cold but warm enough for you to be comfortable outdoors. The leaves make the perfect backdrop for lunch, cider, apple cider doughnuts, or even a PSL.
7) VISIT A PUMPKIN PATCH, OF COURSE.
Did you really think you’d read a Fall activity guide without a pumpkin patch? Of course not! This one is self explanatory. Fall was made for pumpkin patches. Periodt.
Invitation to Salvation
Hey there! You probably weren't expecting this at the end of a post like this, but I have really good news to share! God desires so much more for us than we know. God desires for us to be restored back to His original design for mankind. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before about Adam & Eve and the fall of humanity (see more here.)
God designed us to display His glory. Unfortunately, we chose to follow our own idea of evil and good, and sin was introduced to the world. For a better understanding and in-depth analysis of why we need salvation please visit these resources!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:3
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The gospel is God’s good news of reconciliation of Him & mankind. God is not looking for robots to aimlessly follow a leader who will smite them for doing the wrong thing. The truth of the gospel is that God loves us and invites us to dwell with Him in eternity. That is life. God’s overall plan is so much more than we could ever understand, but the beauty is that we don’t have to fully comprehend to believe in Him. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). As a result of human nature, we are all destined to die. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So instead of us having to die eternally and suffer the full sentence of death that came about as a result of sin, God took on that punishment for us. Through Jesus Christ, He justified us through His own blood and made life available to all who would choose to believe.
The gospel is so much more than a story about an angry God who wants to control your life and just send you to hell if you don’t do what He wants. I implore you to study the scriptures and God’s creation and redemption story. He will give you the answers you seek. The gospel is God’s plan to restore us into relationship with Him. Sin keeps us from God.
If you believe, or you feel that God is trying to get you to invite Him into your life, the first step is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believe that He died for the atonement of your sins (1 John 2:2), that He was buried, and resurrected on the third day, defeating sin and death (Revelation 1:18), and that He invites us to partake in this victory too (Romans 6:5-10.)
So What Must I Do To Be Saved?
It is by grace, through faith! (Ephesians 2:8-9).