Some church people think of Halloween as a dark time on the calendar – a time when godly people should go the other direction as fast and far as possible. I disagree. Of course, there are elements of weirdness in dark spirituality here and there on October 31. On the other hand, October 31 is the biggest holiday of the year. Perhaps Church people have demonized what God has in mind to use as a tool to reach out with his kindness, generosity, and love.
Halloween is a fantastic opportunity for creative and engaging outreaches.
Here are some ideas to consider for Halloween outreach, whether you’re doing it on your own or with a small group of friends:
Instead of receiving treats, go door-to-door, giving out small gifts, encouraging notes, or even homemade crafts to your neighbors. It’s a twist that spreads kindness and surprises.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
Organize a pumpkin decorating contest in your neighborhood or community. Provide pumpkins, decorating supplies, and set a date for people to display their creations. You can even have different categories like “Spookiest,” “Most Creative,” and “Funniest.” Check out the supply of creative trophies available on Oriental Trading Company.
Halloween Craft Workshop:
Host a crafting event where participants can create their own Halloween decorations or crafts. Provide materials and instructions for making things like masks, garlands, or pumpkin lanterns.
Virtual Costume Contest:
If in-person gatherings aren’t possible, organize a virtual costume contest. Participants can submit photos or short videos of their costumes, and everyone can vote for their favorites.
Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt:
Create a neighborhood scavenger hunt with clues and riddles that lead participants to different houses where they can collect treats. This adds an element of adventure to the traditional trick-or-treating experience.
Pumpkin Carving Contest:
Host a pumpkin carving competition with categories like “Most Creative,” “Funniest,” or “Goofiest.” Display the carved pumpkins for everyone to enjoy and offer small prizes for the winners. Don’t forget — trophies rule!
Remember, the key is to make the activities inclusive, safe, and enjoyable for all. Whether you choose to do one of these ideas or combine a few, your Halloween outreach can bring a sense of community, creativity, and fun to bringing the kindness of GOD to your neighborhood.