Candy and costumes, witches and ghouls—your children are probably hyped up on Halloween these days.
And since superheroes and spirits are already on their minds, why not take a moment to tell them the story of All Saints' Day, a.k.a. "All Hallow's Day," the day after Halloween for celebrating the known and unknown saints who have died faithful to Christ.
Talking about the saints can help your children connect to Halloween on a deeper level. Discovering their stories can set great examples of virtuous, faithful lives—and it tackles that scary subject of death in a not-so-scary way.As this short history of All Hallows' Eve and All Saints' Day explains, the celebration "is an affirmation of the essential spiritual nature of human life. People are made for more than can be experienced over our lifetime spent in this world."
So how to get this all across in kid-speak? It can be as simple as reading a children's story about one of the saints and helping your child point out moments of faith. Or if you don’t have a book on hand, you can share a story about your own ancestors, or talk about the virtues of someone important to you who has passed away.
And yes, there is also a sugary way to get your kids into the true spirit of All Hallows' Eve. Make some tasty "soul cakes"! Before you eat them, just be sure to say a prayer together for the dead.