We all agree that community is important, meeting your neighbors and living on mission are vital to our christian walk. One of the times the rub of society and Christianity hits is during the holidays. Halloween is can be an especially difficult one to navigate as a christian family. Our family has tackled this issue together with much prayer and thought and this post is the story of our conclusion.
We decided to use this holiday as an opportunity to live on mission at home. What better way to engage your neighbors than the day they are ALL walking up to your door and engaging with you? Why not utilize this opportunity to spend some time with them? The trick is to provide a space they and their children will want to stay at for an extended period of time.
My daughter put it best in an essay she wrote on why our family should celebrate Halloween:
Instead of ignoring this holiday for ghosts and demons, a good alternative is to leap at the opportunity and meet people and invite them to church.” Katie Ann Huy
Here is a simple step by step project you can do with your family or a group of friends. The skill level is easy, the impact level is limitless.
SOME ITEMS NEEDED:
- Small balls
- Nerf Guns
- Plastic cups to shoot down
- Ping Pong Balls
- Small bowls
- Hot Chocolate
- Styrofoam cups
Have a brainstorm meeting. The goal is to have people there for longer than just ringing the doorbell so plan some simple games for them to play in your driveway. The prizes: CANDY!
Make signs and games. We made signs that said “Free Hot Chocolate” and also signs for each game. We also made simple (VERY SIMPLE) games that looked cheesy, but the families LOVED them. We had a Ping Pong Toss, Pumpkin Dart (Nerf guns shooting at large orange cups), and an Angry Birds Throw.
Make coffee and hot chocolate and set it all up! We set up a TV with It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown playing in a loop, an EZ-up with lights on it, our games and also a table with hot chocolate, coffee and invites it our church.
Have a great time! We received so many compliments for having coffee, I was shocked how far that small gesture went. The families (and some big kids too!) loved the games and many, many people stood around talking and enjoying the evening together. They even called their friends to come over and join in!
YOU CAN DO THIS! This is a great way to reach and meet your community, spend time with your family and redeem the holiday. You can see our pictures from last year here and here. If you decide to do this, send me pictures and tell me all about it!
“My family has decided to have a harvest festival at our house on Halloween night to engage the community. This is a great opportunity because lots of people are coming right to our door. When people come to our house it will be a great time to meet them and invite them to church. ” An excerpt from an essay by Katie Ann