Halloween: A Night of Opportunity
By Michelle Schonken
“And then [Jesus] told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’”
– Mark 16:15 (NLT)
Halloween is just around the corner – the stores have been anticipating it for weeks! Costumes are on sale, scary decorations have appeared, and everywhere you look candy and treats are increasing kids’ excitement. Needless to say, picking the right costume and group of friends to go trick-or-treating with is a big deal for many kids. Of course, as Christians, we have a dilemma. How do we deal with Halloween as representatives of Christ?
I personally believe that we can have fun during Halloween without necessarily honoring its pagan roots. Every family will decide how they will have fun, whether they go trick-or-treating, go to Harvest Festivals, host costume parties, etc. What is more, I think we can use this time when whole communities are out and about as an OPPORTUNITY – an opportunity to share Jesus. Jesus didn’t shy away from anyone while He was on this earth, and instead used every encounter to care for and influence someone. Shouldn’t every trick-or-treater get a taste of Jesus? After all, Jesus told us to “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone” (Mark 16:15, NLV).
Perhaps it seems weird sharing Jesus with over-excited kids begging for candy at your front door – but you never know where it will lead! However, I totally understand that having a conversation like that on your doorstep may be daunting. But there is another way! You can attach the Good News of Jesus offering us salvation to the candy you pass out. At the end of this article are some fun ideas! Trust me – it’s attached to candy and they will take it!
Most of those kids will be from families that don’t know what Jesus’ message really is about. Maybe there are families that have had bad experiences with people who say they are Christians, but don’t walk and talk like Jesus. Others might not be comfortable walking into a church, but feel something is missing in their lives. When the kids unload their candy haul from the night of trick-or-treating, that message of love and hope will be waiting for them and anyone in their family to read. Perhaps it will be read, perhaps not, but don’t let an opportunity for God to work in people’s lives pass you by!
I’d encourage you to pray and take a look at the following ideas of how we can use this Halloween as a time to spread Jesus’ light to anyone who might need it. And remember, even if we face opposition for sharing Jesus, God is on our side – “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:10, NLV). So be a light on this year’s Halloween and we will shine Jesus’ light together!
Ideas for sharing Jesus with candy:
- Cut out pumpkin shaped pieces of paper with John 3:16 written/printed on them and attach them to candy pieces with string or ribbon.
- Print or copy off these free messages about Jesus’ gift of salvation to us from this link and glue candy to it.
- Ask your church for Sunday service invitations and use the paper to make an origami envelope that has candy inside of it. (Instructions for box at this link).