All Saints Day is once again upon us! While it will always be a Holy Day of Obligation, this year it falls on a Saturday. That means our obligation to attend Mass has been nullified. Of course, we still recommend that you go anyway to pay respect to the known and unknown saints of the Catholic Church. With this special day falling on a Saturday, that does provide Catholics with more of an opportunity to celebrate the day. We’ve seen, heard, and participated in some really fun ways to celebrate All Saints Day, so we wanted to create a list of different ways to honor the saints.
Ways to Celebrate All Saints Day
All Saints Paper Bag Puppets
Lacy from Catholic Icing put together an ebook of over 50 printable templates for All Saint paper bag puppets. This is a great craft idea to do with young kids. Creating the paper bag puppets is only half the fun! We’re sure you and your kids will have a blast playing with these puppet saints.
Play a Saint-Themed Game of Catholic I Spy
Jennifer from Catholic Inspired put together a free booklet of Catholic I Spy pages. She recommended this as a potential activity at an All Saints party because of the saint themed pages. We think that sounds like a wonderful idea! Her slogan for the game is, “Never stop searching for Christ in your life!”. How perfect is that!?
Side note: Monica from Equipping Catholic Families added a few of her own Catholic I Spy pages here: http://www.equippingcatholicfamilies.com/2012/06/catholic-i-spy-holy-coins.html Check them out for more fun!
All Saints Day cupcakes … mmmmm
Fittingly, Lacy from Catholic ICING shared a cute and easy idea for All Saints’ day cupcakes. These are perfect for a party or you could eat them all alone and not tell a soul about them, you know, 100% your call. As Lacy notes, we’re not all blessed with the same talents so if you’re not a cook, don’t worry! These cupcakes are more about the decoration than the cooking. You can actually buy them in store if you want.
Have a Saint Anthony Treasure Hunt
Another awesome idea shared by Jennifer at Catholic Inspired! We’re assuming you know that Saint Anthony is the patron saint of lost things, right? Well if you didn’t, now you do. This is a good opportunity to teach your children about Saint Anthony. This looks like an easy game to set up and kids will definitely love it!
Have an All Saints Day Vigil
Barbara from Praying for Grace shared a picture of her family’s All Saints Day vigil. We think this a really good idea. This would pair nicely with some of the fun games, crafts, and treats from above. It’s a moment to remind yourself and your kids what All Saints Day is about.
However you choose to celebrate All Saints Day, guess what? It’s right. As long as you’re honoring the saints in your own special way, go for it!