The authors explain in the introductory note to this 2000 book, "For some people, Halloween is a time for harmless fun, while others see it as a pagan holiday. Some see Halloween as an innocent time of dressing up and pretending to be someone different. Others would like to abolish Halloween because of its association with witchcraft and demons. Can a church sponsor any event at Halloween? We believe that planning a party at the end of October is not honoring the evil in the world. Rather, it is a celebration of the fact that Christians have nothing to fear. Christians cannot ignore the existence of evil but we know that 'the one who is in you is greater than than the one who is in the world' (1 John 4:4). This party can be a fun alternative to the traditional Halloween activities. Instead of trick-or-treating, young and old alike can gather in a safe environment for autumn fun, free of any pagan overtones." (Pg. 7)
The book includes ideas for "Getting Started" (e.g., publicity), as well as "Party Plans," eighteen games with biblical themes (e.g., Belly of a Whale; David and Goliath; Fishing in the Sea of Galilee, etc.); Crafts; Puzzles; Snacks; Costumes, as well as a section of "Patterns and Reproducibles" (suitable for easy photocopying).
This book would be an EXCELLENT resource for a church, or even individual families, who want to have a biblically-honoring "fall celebration" without making it a "Halloween" activity, per se.