You guys, I have no idea what to do for All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, or All Souls’ Day.
As Protestants, it had been years since we even did anything for Halloween! We did take note of Reformation Day – Martin Luther chose the eve of All Saints’ Day to nail his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Door, and we used to celebrate that.
We’ve changed things up a bit around here a bit.
I’ve pulled together a round-up of the best resources I can find on how to observe these important days with your family. I’m excited to dig in and start some new traditions! It’s so important to be open and frank about death with kids, and the Church gives us the tools to do that well.
The Basics – what All Saints’ and All Souls’ are, and what they mean
A Catholic’s Guide to Halloween – Gretchen Filz, The Catholic Company
All Saints and All Souls – Catholic Education and Resource Center. Gives a thorough rundown of the history and origins of the days.
All Souls – New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia
Solemnity of All Saints – Franciscan Media
Halloween and its Christian Roots – Franciscan Media
All Saints’ Day – Catholic Online
All Souls’ Day – Catholic Online
Celebrate! Or, “Now what!?”
Carrots for Michaelmas, November Liturgical Living. I wouldn’t have a clue how to liturgical year without Carrots for Michaelmas.
Carrots for Michaelmas, October Liturgical Living. Tips for All Hallow’s Eve.
20 Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Gretchen Filz, The Catholic Company.
Discussing Hallowtide with Children
The Year and Our Children, Mary Reed Newland. A beloved classic that covers the whole year and includes a section on All Saints’ and All Souls’.
One more from Carrots for Michaelmas – a favorite post of mine about Harry Potter, Hallowtide, and teaching children about death. If you only read one of the posts in this round-up, pick this one!
Hallowtide – Catholic All Year. Lots of good stuff on doing these days with kids.
16 Ways to Celebrate All Saints’ Day in the Catholic Home – Elizabeth Clare Blog.
Praying for the Dead With Children – Catholic All Year
Praying for the Dead With Kids – Catholic Icing
What are your favorite family traditions for Hallowtide?
This post is part of the CWBN Blog Hop at Reconciled to You.