I’ve got a new attitude…about Halloween. Honestly, our family typically just lays low on Halloween. We’ve never gotten into the whole ghosts and goblins deal. Our church normally hosts a fall festival on Halloween so we have typically participated there and just not been home during trick-or-treating time. Yeah, we kinda wimped out…
But… I recently read the following in Transformational Groups by Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger:
“We are aware that some Christians do not like to participate in Halloween observations. I (Ed) do and I will tell you why. This is the one night in the year when people will actually come to your house and introduce themselves to you. Your (Christian) home should have the best candy. You can easily stay away from the occult connections and redeem the holiday as a opportunity to reach (and treat) your neighbors.”
Wow! That’s a cool paradigm shift. So, those of us who have avoided Halloween for the obvious reasons, may need to jump in with both feet this year. Here’s a link to a blog post with some cool, very doable ideas about how to leverage Halloween to reach people in your community.
Here are some strategies: http://adammclane.com/2011/10/12/5-ways-to-be-good-news-in-your-neighborhood-on-halloween/