Halloween haunts many Christians. We dont want to endorse a holiday thats
rooted in pagan rituals aimed at appeasing the spirit world, but what can we do
when neighborhood ghouls come ringing our doorbells expecting a treat? Turn off
the lights and hide in the dark?
Wouldnt it be wonderful if we used this holiday to reach out with the love
of Christ to those neighbors we dont usually see the rest of the year?
Following are ideas for Hallow-een treats that share biblical truths, and
theyre educational and fun for children to make. You can give them away in
place ofor in addition to candy or treats. Theyre a great way to reach out to
neighborhood parents as well.
Make a "History of Halloween" flier. Creep on down to the
library for the facts. Besides the encyclopedias, check the subject card file
for books and peruse periodical indices for related articles. Ask your
librarian where additional information might be lurking. The Web works too.
Write out what youve learned and, if your family does not celebrate
Halloween in the traditional ways, explain why. If you wish, include a
scripture such as Deuteronomy 18:10-13. Decorate the page with pumpkins and
Hand out published tracts.
Christian bookstores carry tracts you can drop into trick-or-treat bags with
candy or your homemade project (LifeWay Christian Resources, 800-448-8032;
American Tract Society, 800-548-7228).
Give away "tickets"invitations to your church service. Cut
pumpkin shapes out of orange construction paper. In bold letters write "Admit
One Free," and then provide the name and address of your church, a map with
directions, and the time of your worship service and Sunday school. Include the
words "For trick or treaters and their parents" to attract the attention of
adults who may dig through the candy bags.
Hand out invitations to church events. Make pumpkin-shaped
invitations to church sponsored activities like student groups or Bible
studies. Or think ahead to upcoming holidays and create turkey-patterned
invitations to your churchs Thanksgiving service, tree-type invitations to
Christmas programs, or invite neighbors to your home for a December party
celebrating the birthday of Jesus.
Design your own tract. Draw cartoon characters discussing
questions such as: How did Halloween start? Where did the traditions originate?
Are there really ghosts and goblins, demons and a devil? Why does Halloween
spook Christians? How can it be a positive, fun fall season for children?
Make a storybook. Collaborate on one story or let each
family member spin a yarn. Challenge each story writer to include a biblical
truth or related scripture. Or, recount a Bible story like the parable Jesus
told of the rich man and a poor man named Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.
Create a comic book. Illustrate a story that teaches Gods
truth about life after death, like Jesus resurrection or when He raised
LazarusMary and Marthas brotherfrom the dead (John 11:1-44). Even if your
artwork isnt perfect, the kids wont mind. Let your children color too.
When writing your own material, avoid Christian jargon and keep the wording
lighthearted and fun. You want to invite these little spirits to meet Christ,
not frighten them away.
Dianne E. Butts is a writer living in Limon, Colorado.
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