Pastor Jose Cortes, Associate Director for Evangelism at the North American Division, recently posted this article on his facebook page with some very helpful ideas on how we, as Christians, can handle Halloween:
Halloween seems to be the one holiday in American Christianity that we just don’t know what to do with. We happily celebrate cultural or historical holidays like the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, or New Year’s Day. We love religious holidays like Easter and Christmas. But Halloween has quite a dark history, and we don’t know how to approach it. As Christians we can either pretend that it doesn’t exist (even though it does) or we can seize a great opportunity right in front of us to reach out to our neighborhoods, friends or colleagues. Here you will find some tips on how to use this Holiday as a ministry opportunity:
1. Be present: Don’t hide out all night. Open your church, and if families stop by, have some cider, get to know their names and where they live in the neighborhood.
2. Think of the Parents: Consider having some hot chocolate and pumpkin bread out for the parents who are bringing their kids around the block. Make church’s entryway inviting so they want to come closer or inside and hang for a bit if possible.
3. Pass out Christian goodies: Halloween is the one night of the year when strangers literally will show up on your church or home doorsteps looking for handouts. Why not make sure they walk away with something meaningful? If you’re planning on handing out candy this Halloween, you could hand out a few tasteful tracts as well.
4. Host a Light Party! How can we be the light if we are hiding in our homes; with the lights out, not answering the door? We are to be the light, not hiding in the dark. You can host a Light Party in your home or in your church. Turn on all the lights in your church, hang up some bright Christmas lights, play Christian music, and hand out candy with handwritten notes saying, “Jesus loves you”. You can offer free hot chocolate and free prayers. Be the brightest place on the block, not the darkest.