Halloween Costume - The Full Armor of God

To start I'm not a huge fan of Halloween.
I just don't like it.
It probably was one of my favorite things to do growing up, go door to door and eat lots of candy. 
Now I just think it's a very strange concept to teach a child to knock on stranger's doors and ask for candy. Not to mention people dressed up as skeletons and other ridiculously horrifying costumes.

Anyway, I do like to have fun so this year we're dressing up Andrew in The Full Armor of God playset from Christian Book stores.


It will be great for Halloween but also a wonderful life lesson and a great playset for everyday that's not Halloween too.

It comes with the "Faith Parenting Guide" a brochure totally devoted to assisting you in teaching your child about the Armor of God. The following is taken directly from the brochure included with the purchase of this Full Armor of God set.

Ephesians 6:13-18 from the Holy Bible says this, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

1. Have your child put on all the pieces of The Full Armor of God playset. Discuss the purpose for a soldier wearing armor to fight in battle - protection. Talk about how the believer's protection for spiritual battle comes from the armor of God. When soldiers go to battle, they follow the orders of their king or general - they don't go on their ow. Share that our king is God and we stand with Him in the battle against evil; we don't fight alone.

2. Discuss each part of The Full Armor of God playset. what would happen to a soldier if he went into battle missing a piece or two? He would be wounded and have to leave the battlefield. In the same way, the Christian soldier needs to put on all the spiritual armor to be protected and able to stand firm. Talk about the spiritual words associated with each piece of the armor: truth, righteousness, gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God. Some brief definitions are presented here to get you started. 
Truth: to be strengthened by God's truth and to practice truth
Righteousness: to reflect the righteous character of God by our actions
Gospel: knowledge and acceptance of the gospel causes us to be ready to do the will of God, including sharing the good news
Faith: our relationship with a faithful, all-powerful God protects us from the evil one
Salvation: ultimate protection (salvation, present and future)
Word of God: instrument by which God's power is shown

4. Even the best parents cannot shield their child from the evil in the world. A child can be exposed to all kinds of harmful and evil things. They may hear on the news of something bad that has happened to a child or a friend at school may be a victim. How can a child be aware of these things and not be fearful? Talk about how we stand beside God in the spiritual battle, and He has already won - Christ triumphed over evil when He rose from the dead.

5. Your child may know the story of David and Goliath. (If not, you will find it in Samuel 17). Talk about the fact that although the giant Goliath had real armor and weapons and David had no armor and only a slingshot for a weapon, David was not afraid. Ask the child where David got his courage. Make the point that, like David, we won't wear physical armor when we got out into our neighborhoods or schools, but we will always have the armor of God that the Bible promises us in Ephesians. Therefore, we do not need to be afraid.

6. To illustrate the idea of "stand firm" you will need a large playground ball (a basketball or volleyball will do" and a sturdy footstool or child-size chair. Carefully take the child by the hand and ask him or her to try to stand on the ball. This will be hard! Now, still holding the child's hand, ask the child to stand on the sturdy stool or chair. In a classroom setting, each child can try this in turn. complete the exercise by discussion the fact that when we try to stand on the promises of the world we are on shaky ground like standing on a ball; but when we stand on the promises of the Lord, we can stand firm.

7. One of the greatest weapons a Christian has is prayer. the believer has power in Christ over all kinds of evil. Encourage your child to take his/her fears, failures, etc. to God in prayer.

Additional Scriptures for Discussion:
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands (1 Samuel 17:47)

Who is this King of glory: The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8).

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped (Psalm 28:7).

We also tried on a rocket costume at Target.
Pretty cute.

Fun for a moment while we tried it on.
Ha! See what I told you about trying stuff at Target but not buying.
Sorry, Target.
I do buy PLENTY of stuff from you as is.
That's what happens when you live in MN, land of Target Corporation. They're everywhere and have everything you could ever need. I do really like Target.

Have a great day lovelies.