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Halloween is a time of treats and trickery. Try something new with a Halloween full of service. Check out this great Halloween family home evening lesson on service! Scripture: Mosiah 2:17 Hymn: When We're Helping or Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel Lesson: One Wonderful Halloween or History of the Pumpkin Treat: Scrumptious Skeletons or Banana Ghosts Activity: Jack-o-lanterns or Service Project •View entire lesson...

Halloween (Service)

FHE Scripture

Scripture

Mosiah 2:17

17- And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

When We’re Helping – Primary Song 198 or Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel Hymn 252

When We’re Helping

1. When we’re helping, we’re happy,
And we sing as we go;
And we like to help mother*,
For we all love her so.

2. Tra la la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la.

* Alternate words: father, grandma, grandpa

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

1. The world has need of willing men
Who wear the worker’s seal.
Come, help the good work move along;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

[Chorus] Put your shoulder to the wheel; push along,
Do your duty with a heart full of song,
We all have work; let no one shirk.
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

2. The Church has need of helping hands,
And hearts that know and feel.
The work to do is here for you;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

3. Then don’t stand idly looking on;
The fight with sin is real.
It will be long but must go on;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

4. Then work and watch and fight and pray
With all your might and zeal.
Push ev’ry worthy work along;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read or tell the following story “One Wonderful Halloween” (Friend Oct 1989). Discuss the importance of service.

“Yuck,” I said, grimacing at the reflection of my silver braces. My friend Rachelle sighed. “You aren’t feeling sorry for yourself again, are you? Braces aren’t the end of the world.”

“But, Rachelle,” I exclaimed, “you heard what my dad said about Halloween. Since I got these stupid braces, he’s not letting me near candy. He says that I’ll just have to stay home tonight and help Mom pass it out to everyone else.”

Rachelle thought for a moment. “Why don’t you see if he’ll let you just dress up and come with us for the fun of it.”

“No thanks,” I replied. “It wouldn’t be the same. I guess it’ll be OK handing out goodies to the little kids. Some of them are really cute.”

“I’m going to the grocery store,” Mom called as she walked out the door. “Your dad is in the garage if you
need anything.”

“OK,” I replied. Just then the phone in the kitchen rang. I hopped up and ran full tilt down the hallway. Just as I rounded the corner, I crashed into my little brother, Nathan, who was carrying Mom’s coupon box. Up in the air flew the box, and down on the floor we fell. It didn’t hurt us, but the once-organized coupons were scattered everywhere. “Oh no, Marta!” my brother exclaimed. “Mom’s going to be mad at you!”

“Well,” I retorted as the phone stopped ringing, “don’t just stand there looking at them. Help me get them back into the box.”

Quickly we gathered up the coupons. One for a free jewelry-cleaning at a local store caught my eye. “I have it!” I shouted. “I have it!” I stuffed the remaining coupons into the box and herded Nathan out the door. By this time Rachelle had joined me in the hallway. “Come on,” I said as I hurried into the kitchen for a pencil and paper. “I have the greatest idea for trick or treat.”

That evening everyone was dressed in their costumes. Nathan had chosen to be a pirate with a green face; Dad wore his usual scarecrow costume, and Mom was dressed as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. They were really surprised when I entered the room as Little Red Riding Hood.

“Where are you going?” Dad asked. I opened my trick-or-treat bag, and he looked inside. “So that’s what’s been keeping you so busy. It looks like you’re going to have an interesting Halloween.”

Rachelle and I picked up our friends Bobbie and Linda and started out. I was so excited that I could hardly walk.

“I didn’t think that your parents would let you go,” Linda remarked.

Rachelle laughed. “Well, they changed their minds after Marta spilled the coupons all over the floor.”

There was no time for further explanation right then because we were already at the first house. Mrs. Perry, an elderly widow, lived there. “Oh my, what do we have here?” she exclaimed. When we shouted, “Trick or treat!” Mrs. Perry smiled and handed us each a small candy bar. Instead of taking mine, though, I gave her a small, hand-printed card. “What’s this?” she questioned. “A coupon good for one free lawn mowing? Is this some sort of trick?” “No,” I laughed. “Instead of tricking tonight, I’m treating. I’ll see you and your lawn next summer.”

Brother and Sister Marker lived next door to Mrs. Perry. Again, when we rang the doorbell and the Markers tried to give me a treat, I pulled a card from my sack and gave it to Sister Marker. She looked at it and laughed. “You have to be kidding! An evening of free baby-sitting all six of our children?” My friends chimed in, “Well, we’ll help her. Just give us a call when you need us.” Sister Marker laughed and waved as we went on.

That evening we delivered coupons for free bread, baby-sitting, and car and window washing. I say “we,” because my friends were really getting into it too. They even started turning down candy that they were offered! It was a lot of fun, and before we knew it, we were at the last house. I had saved a very special coupon for this one. The people who lived there had moved in just before school started. “Trick or treat!” we shouted when Mrs. Bybee answered our knock.

“Well, let me see if I can find any candy for you scary creatures,” she laughed, starting back into the house.

“No—wait,” I said. “We’re treating tonight. Is Crystal home?”

Mrs. Bybee looked at us hard. I knew that she was wondering why we wanted to see her daughter. You see, Crystal was born blind and with several other birth defects. Although she’s a year older than we are, she still has a hard time, and kids sometimes make fun of her. Slowly Crystal emerged from the room where she had been sitting. “Who is it, Mom?” she asked shyly.

“It’s Marta,” I told her. “And my friends Rachelle, Linda, and Bobbie are with me. We’re treating instead of tricking tonight, and we have something for you.”

I reached into my sack for the very last card and handed it to her. She felt it and asked, “What does it say?”

Rachelle spoke up this time. “It says, Crystal, that if you don’t mind, we’d like to come to your house every week and read with you.”

“Wouldn’t you like that?” asked Bobbie anxiously when Crystal didn’t answer right away. “We want to be your friends.”

“Oh yes!” she said. “Oh, please come!” She turned to her mother and said, “They really are my friends, aren’t they?”

“Yes, we are,” we exclaimed together. “And we’ll see you every week.”

Crystal and her mother stood on the steps of their porch and waved good-bye until we were out of sight.

Testify of the importance of serving others.

*For Teenagers or Adults* You may want to read the following story above and brainstorm of ways you can help out this Halloween, such as helping a little kid go trick or treating, or handing out candy for your parents, etc. Enjoy the History of the Pumpkin below.

Testify of the importance of serving during the holidays, including Halloween.

(Taken from History.com)

FHE Treat

Treat

Scrumptious Skeletons or Banana Ghosts

Scrumptious Skeletons

Ingredients:

Chocolate-frosted cupcakes
Mini marshmallows
Black decorators’ gel
White icing
Icing bag fitted with a small round tip

Instructions:

1- Start with a batch of chocolate-frosted cupcakes. Top each with a mini marshmallow head, using black decorators’ gel to create eyes and a mouth.

2- Use an icing bag fitted with a small round tip to pipe on a stick figure, adding a couple of short horizontal lines for ribs.

Banana Ghosts

Ingredients:

Bananas
White Chocolate
Black Candies or currnats

Instructions:

1- Remove any stringy fibers from the peeled banana, then cut it in half widthwise. Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).

2- Next, place a 1.5-ounce piece of white chocolate candy in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (it generally takes about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the frozen banana halves.

3- Set the pops on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on candies or currants for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve. Makes 2.

(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Carve Pumpkins and make Jack-o-lanterns.

2- Do a service project.

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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    I love this activity it is so perfect for a halloweeen lesson

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    We also showed this Mormon Message, “Opportunities to do Good” and talked about how people used their talents and creativity to help a family in need. Then we sacrificed our FHE treat and took it to a neighbor who we thought might like it as our little service activity. It was a great success and our 3 year old called it “treating”
    Here’s a link to the mormon message:

    http://lds.org/pages/mormon-messages-gallery?lang=eng#opportunities-to-do-good

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