Halloween Unit Study Day 1 Monsters

When I pulled my kids out of public school many years ago it just so happened to be the week before Halloween. Since it was a bit unexpected, I hadn’t quite narrowed down the curriculum I wanted to use. For the first few weeks, we just concentrated on doing some unit studies about the upcoming holidays, and the kids really had a blast. We were looking at old pictures the other day and saw some from our Halloween unit back then. The kids begged me to do something like that this year, but since they are much older I decided to take a little different approach.

Last time I focused on the ‘symbols’ of Halloween: bats, pumpkins, spiders, candy, etc. This year I wanted to focus on all of the major celebrations that occur the week of Halloween and discuss them against a Biblical worldview.

We started with Halloween in America. For the first day I had them read a basic synopsis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as a brief history of the Salem Witch Trials. We talked about the ideas behind a Frankenstein monster and witchcraft as the people of Salem described it, and I asked them to tell me why they thought these ‘monsters’ could or could not ever exist. We then discussed that the Bible says there are only 2 kinds of spirits, one from God and the other from Satan, and that the spiritual world is very real.

My main goal for this lesson was to make sure they understand that God is the only one with the power to give life to dead things, and that people who claim to talk to the dead or have special powers are either lying or messing with a spirit that is not of God. I think some of the recent success of certain television shows has presented psychics and mediums in a way that is not in accordance with scripture, and I want to make sure my kids are aware of the seriousness of making light of that which God says to stay away from.

We also talked a little about the ‘real’ stories behind most of our other Halloween monsters, like Vlad the Impaler for Dracula, and of course the mummies from Egypt. I also found it interesting that these monster stories have originated from all over, but it seems America was the culture that brought them all together. Maybe because we love a good fairy tale, even if it’s a scary one? 🙂

Halloween monsters