Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Plan of Salvation - Halloween Style Box

Halloween is such a FUN HOLIDAY to send Missionaries a care package because you can find lots of Spooky items - but trying to make it Spiritual can be a little bit tricky. 

So, with this box we decided to make it Spirit-ual by creating a Missionary 'Plan of Salvation' Halloween Style. 

We LOVE Halloween and we LOVE Halloween Care Packages!

If you would like to send your own Halloween 'Plan of Salvation' care package to your Missionary - check out this kit we put together to help you do just that! 

This Halloween 'Plan of Salvation' kit is designed to give you a Quick and Easy way to send Your Missionary a Spiritual & Fun Care Package.  The Box Flap Designs & Printables have over 61 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

This kit includes an 16-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY printables. 

★ For Ideas to help you put together the perfect Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box - look below!

Too Cute to Spook!!!  It's always so fun to see the pictures our Missionaries send home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of the box is.  Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X5 which meant the flap size was just under 12X6 - so you can simply cut one piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper in half for each flap. 

For the 'Plan of Salvation' box we used 2 different colors of 12X12 sugarcoated Scrapbook paper from the Doodlebug Design Company in the following colors: Tangerine and Limeade.  We cut each paper in half - then trimmed them slightly to fit the box flaps.  We then printed off our MBM printables onto photo paper, cut them out and attached it all to the box with Glue Dots for durability. 

You can choose whatever size box works best for you.  We chose to mail the large 12X12x5 U.S. Postal Service sized box simply for economy - since it was just a few dollars more to send a large box vs. a medium box.

You've Got Mail!  One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Box Mom Boxes was a personalized letter o each Missionary from each mother.  Inside our letters we included our testimonies, the reason we chose that particular item to include in the box, along with uplifting messages filled with love.  A lot of the items won't make much sense as to why you are including them in the box unless you explain how it specifically applies to your Missionary and to Missionary Work.  Many times over I have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the things they thanked us all for the most was the letters we included.  It's just a little piece of 'Home' in a box!  So don't forget to write! 

Boo to You!  As we decided on each 'Missionary Box Theme', which we based around a scripture or missionary teaching idea, we would then brainstorm fun ideas that could be included in our box.  I often wondered if our Missionaries realized how comprehensive we were in our themes!  It honestly might have been just as much fun for us to build these boxes as it was for them to receive them!  Depending on the size of the box you are sending - you could include or delete any of the following items - or come up with a few of your own.  We tried to make sure that most of our items could be used to enhance Missionary discussions, to be given away, to decorate their missionary apartments and left for future missionaries when they moved on, or simply eaten and enjoyed.  But of course there were always a few that were just for fun!

Our first purchase was a Story Time Felts - Scripture Stories Plan of Salvation packet ($13.99) which we found at Deseret Book (Use a coupon for 25% off). We added our own tag - Missionary Halloween Plan of Salvation.  Inside it had a very basic description of the Plan of Salvation along with co-coordinating felt pictures. Our missionaries could use the 'Halloween Items' we chose to go along with the pictures for a 'Hair Raising' Family Home Evening lesson – or they could just eat/use the items but still have a fun Felt Plan of Salvation packet that they could use during lessons.

Obviously we took a huge creative license with the items we chose – and you could swap up any that you felt you wanted to change. Some of the items were chosen based on size since we had to fit it all in one box, and others were chosen because they just fit our Halloween theme.  We also included 'extra' Halloween items that they could give to children they were teaching. 

Deseret Book Plan of Salvation Felt Pack


Pre Existence:
Space Astronaut Mint Chocolate Chip Freeze Dried Ice Cream
Space Astronaut Neapolitan Freeze Dried Ice Cream 


Birth, Body, and Earth Life:
Cadbury Creme Eggs (Green Screme Egg Singles)
Life Savers Gummies 

The Fall:
Alpine Caramel Apple Cider Packets

Dancing Skeleton Bones

Spirit World:
Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts

Halloween Notepads
Halloween Pens
3D Spider Erasers

Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes
Halloween Tissue Packets

Terrestrial Kingdom:
It's Sugar Squirmy Sours Worms
Clip-On Bats and Spiders
Bug Creatures

Telestrial Kingdom:
Psychedelic Jawbreakers in Mini Size
Spritz Bouncy Balls Pack

Celestial Kingdom:
Glow Sticks
Halloween Flashlight
Halloween Bubbles (Pack of 8 Small Tubes)

Outer Darkness:Hammond's Candy Coal Cinnamon 2oz. Bag

Print off the following Conference Talks and Stories:

Liahona October 2015: The Plan of Salvation: A Sacred Treasure of Knowledge to Us by Robert D. Hales Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 

General Conference Talk April 2015: The Family is of God by Carole M. Stephens First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency

General Conference Talk October 2006: The Plan of Salvation by L. Tom Perry of the Quorum Of the Twelve Apostles

General Conference Talk October 1983: Our Responsibility to take the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth by Jack H. Goaslind

General Conference Talk April 1976: The Stone Cut without Hands by Spencer W. Kimball President of the Church

General Conference Talk April 2013: It’s a Miracle by Neil L. Andersen Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Friend April 1986: Share the Gospel by Pat Graham 

Ensign October 1974: When the World Will be Converted by Spencer W. Kimball President of the Church
Friend October 1993: Olden-Days Halloween by Chris Jensen 

It's Always Fun To Include Some Photo Op Props for our Missionaries to have fun with on their P-days inside their apartments - and the pictures we receive have never disappointed!!!  So just for fun - throw in some Missionary Halloween Costume Props and see what your Missionary comes up with!

We always include a costume for both our missionary and their companion - so with these costumes items we had a Purple Sister set and an Orange Sister set.  (Halloween Spider Web Masks, Halloween Soft Socks, Wack-O Wax Lips, and Halloween Witches Hats with 2 hair clips.)  Sometimes though there might be 4 missionaries living together - so you will have to adjust your number of costumes appropriately.

In past years we have included Foil Hair Wigs, Colored Mustaches, Hats, Funny False Teeth, etc. all from the Dollar Tree Store.  Really anything goofy that catches your eye would probably be put to good use! 

Shopping List

Hallmark Halloween Cards $2.99 each 
Oreo Cookies (Caramel Apple Flavor) $2.99
Oreo Cookies (Pumpkin Spice Flavor)
AW Rootbeer $2.69 (Pack of 6)
Duff Goldman's Jeepers Creepers Cookie Mix $3.99
Halloween Bubbles (Pack of 8 Small Tubes) $1.99
E.O.S. Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm $2.84 each
Creepy Eyeballs Bubble Gum
Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes
Spritz Bouncy Balls Pack (15-Count) $3.00
Halloween Glow Sticks
Target's Dollar Section (Usually located in the front of the store)
Notepads $1.00 each
Halloween Pens (Variety of Styles) $1.00 each
Halloween Soft Socks $1.00 each
3-D Spider Erasers (8 Pack) $1.00 each
Halloween Spider Web Masks $1.00 Each
Adhesive Wiggly Eyes (40-Count Pack) $1.00 Each
Halloween Tissue Packets

Grocery Store
Alpine Caramel Apple Cider Packets $2.89
Cadbury Creme Eggs (Green Screme Egg Singles) .99cents each
Wack O Wax Lips $1.09 each
Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix
Mike and Ike Vampire Variety
Malt-O-Meal Maple & Brown Sugar $4.99
Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts (9 count) $1.59
Snickers Pumpkin Singles
Sugar Babies Caramel Apple Flavor $1.39
Twix Ghost Singles .99cents each
Krazy Straws Halloween Spooky (6 pack)
Spooky Smiles Cellophane Bags w/Twist Ties by Unique
Ice Breakers Mints $2.39
Life Savers Gummies $2.19

Bennion Crafts and Frame
PVC Tube 12-inch Clear $1.19 each
12X12 Scrapbook Paper by Doodlebug Designs (October 31st Series)
Doodlebug Designs Spooky Friends Die Cuts (October 31st Series)
* (14 Reversible Die Cuts per pack including some with bows on top!)
Clear Plastic Craft Box Envelopes
Simple Somethings Scardey Cats Cards (Slides in Craft Boxes)
Doodlebug Designs Twine (Orange, Black, Purple, Lime Green)
Doodlebug Designs Mini Paperclips Pack
Halloween Ribbon
Glue Dots
Witches Hats with 2 hair clips (Purple or Orange)
Clip-On Bats and Spiders

Zurchers Party Store
Cry Baby Gumballs (4-Pack) .25cents each
Bulk Candy
Bug Creatures

It's Sugar
It's Sugar Squirmy Sours Worms $3.99
Astronaut Mint Chocolate Chip Freeze Dried Ice Cream $3.99
Astronaut Neapolitan Freeze Dried Ice Cream $3.99
Psychedelic Jawbreakers in Mini Size (Bulk Area) (Looks like a planet)

Deseret Book
Hammond's Candy Coal Cinnamon 2oz. Bag $3.99
Plan of Salvation felt packet $13.99 (use a coupon for 25% off)
Dancing Skeleton Bones 8oz. $2.50

Dollar Tree Store
4ft Banner (Spooky) $1.00
Bottle Stickers Package (8-Pack) $1.00


I added Halloween Bottle Stickers from the Dollar Tree Store to the Duff Goldman's Jeepers Creepers Cookie Mix and Malt-O Meal Cereal.   

I added Celebration by Sweet Works Sixlets Chocolate Candy to the 
PVC 12-inch Clear Tubes and added ribbon and a Happy Halloween tag.

I added Wiggly Eyes to an EOS Lip Balm to make them look like little creatures. 

This Spooky Monster Mint Free Printable is from The Idea Room!  You add their printable onto an Ice Breakers mints can.  

I hope Your Missionary has a Boo-tiful Halloween!!! 

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