How did Halloween become the most social holiday of the year?
Children, adults and whole families are out in the streets talking with people and enjoying the evening. Churches have various ways to approach this holiday. Fall Festivals, Harvest Parties, Trunk or Treat, and Light the Night all enable churches to give alternatives to the dark themed Halloween tradition as well as provide fun environments to connect with their community.
Blessing your community can mean candy – yes, the good chocolate. As well as other more lasting blessings like the friendship and love your church provides. God is not afraid of Halloween. He is helping churches develop even more creative ways they can be a part of their neighborhood at this time of year. So often the Good News churches bring is unintentionally hidden behind the typical church format.
Ideas for connecting your Church and Community at Halloween
Below are a few more creative alternatives to connect at this fun time of year from the Christianity Today article, “5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk or Treat”. Communities are varied in what they need but maybe one of these would be a great idea for your church.
Halloweenie Roast –
“For those churches with established regional small groups, this event can be extremely effective in connecting churches with communities. Small groups host lawn parties on Halloween night. As the parents meander around the neighborhood with their costumed children, the small group members distribute candy to the children and free hot dogs and water to the adults. In addition, you can hand out treat bags containing candy, community giveaways, and information about the church.”
Mad Doctor Medical Festival –
“For this event, the church partners with local shelters, hospitals, doctors, nurses, or dentists to host a fall-themed, free medical clinic. This new twist on the conventional free clinic offers general medical exams, dental cleanings, fillings and extractions, eye exams and health screenings, free glasses, skin exams, and health and wellness classes for the underprivileged in the area. These events can include a meal, a bonfire, and goody bags containing necessities such as socks and common hygiene and sanitary products.”