For some Christians, “Halloween” is a dreaded word that can bring up questions and debate.
But putting aside all the differing opinions, Halloween can offer an opportunity for believers to engage their neighbors who don’t know Jesus.
At this point some Christians may be thinking, OK, what gospel tract should they place in every trick-or-treat bag? Gospel tracts have a time and place, but some might want to consider an approach that requires a little more investment. Halloween is a time when believers have the chance to open up their lives to their neighbors, with the hope of open doors for gospel conversations.
Here are a few steps to consider this Halloween:
1. Get involved
If the neighbors are having a party, plan to join them. When the neighborhood sends out an invitation, see it as a great possibility to find a new friend and be a window into the Gospel.
Is there a single mom in the neighborhood who may need help with her children? Are there families who’ve had sickness and need someone to take their kids trick-or-treating?
As Christians get to know their neighbors and specific needs, they should find creative ways to be a blessing to them during this community-wide holiday.
3. Create hangout space
If the plan is only to open the door and pass out candy, it may be difficult to have a real conversation with people.
Consider ways to encourage neighbors to stop and visit, like getting a fire pit and putting it in the driveway, or offer visitors hot apple cider or hot chocolate — or even pizza.
Sometimes in neighborhoods, one household may decide to provide the main course and invite everyone to bring a side dish. Then everyone hangs out at that house while bowls of candy are left out on the doorsteps for trick-or-treaters.
Some have also coordinated a block party with music and a bounce house, inviting everyone to join in. The goal is to create an environment where people can have genuine conversations. One never knows what will happen until they try it.
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Source: Baptist Press