I believed in Jesus Christ when I was five years old right in front of a television screen– back when Jimmy Swaggart and other televangelists were the only thing available to watch on Sunday morning. But it wasn’t until I was 28 years old that I ever even heard that some Christians don’t participate in Halloween at all.
One mother exchanged verbal blows with our pastor over having kids dress up like their favorite Bible characters at AWANAs since that Wednesday night happened to also be Halloween. The tense opinions and anger that flew around floored me.
Some of you mom and dads might feel the same way. Maybe the Holy Spirit is telling you to abstain from tonight’s festivities. You could be thoroughly convinced that Halloween and everything with it is evil. Turn the front door’s light off and hide in some back room so none of your neighbor’s even know you are home.
You could, however, use the opportunity to spread the love of Jesus. If you stay home and hand out candy– hand out the best treats in town. Love on every neighbor that shows up with genuine joy and interest in their children’s costumes. Maybe sneak in a church invite card with every handful of candy or ask the parents if they have a church they attend regularly– and invite them to yours!
If you and your wee ones go trick-or-treating, print out little thank you cards that include a church invite. Let your kiddos be the ones to give them to the families whose doors they knock on. Some years we have even included a Bible verse on our thank you cards. It was fun to see how over the years some of those families that we knocked on their doors year after year actually began coming to our church!
And if you still feel antsy about the whole thing, let me put it to you this way:
What other night of the year do we have the opportunity to meet and greet with so many of our neighbors? When else do they all come knocking at our door? How many other chances do we get to put an invitation to church into so many hands in one night?
I sincerely hope you all enjoy a Happy Halloween and take every opportunity tonight to share the light and love of Jesus with your friends and neighbors as you collect as much candy as you can stand!