Ok so my wife told me the title was a horrible idea. She thought I may offend a couple of people.
So, before you leave a comment just humor me for a minute?
Did you know that Halloween could be one of the greatest evangelist opportunities your not taking advantage of?
No Jesus was not born on Halloween, that’s Christmas. And he was not resurrected from the grave on Halloween, that’s Easter. But Halloween could be just as an effective tool to reach the lost.
My office is on the second floor, off of a major intersection. Every Halloween I see hundreds of parents walk past our church doors and enter the doors of a grocery story, or carpet place looking for candy.
What if we could steer that foot traffic into your church? I’ve seen it done and done well.
For almost 5 years, hundreds of children pack the sanctuary of Christ Tabernacle on Halloween. And wherever there are children, parents are not far behind. So hundreds of unchurched folks are willing to enter the doors of our church to experience a family safe Halloween alternative.
Here’s why this works:
- Parents are scared of having their kids egged.
- Parents want an environment that is not too scary for their kids
- Parents want to their kids to have a great experience (free candy absolutely takes the experience to the next level)
Let me be very clear, we are not celebrating Halloween!!! Let me repeat that just in case someone feel asleep and just woke up. We are not celebrating Halloween.
We are taking advantage of an opportunity where people are coming to the church. Think about your last evangelistic event and how challenging it was to fill the building. But here, people are coming, you just need to open the doors.
There will be church members who have a strong disagreement with doing an outreach on Halloween. That is absolutely fine. Here is what I recommend:
Preach about evangelism two weeks before the event. Be very careful to share how people are in need of a Savior and that Halloween gives an opportunity to present Jesus.
The week of the event remind the people to pray. By praying they are participating in the outreach.
The weekend after share the result of the event. How many bags of candy did you give out? How many children came through the door? How many people came to know Christ? By sharing these numbers you are really vision casting for the following year!!!
A Map For Creating A Halloween Outreach
So if you are ready to use what the enemy has meant for evil to glorify God here is a detailed map for creating a Safe Halloween alternative for the family.
- Get candy for the kids – have your congregation donate candy so you can give it out.
- On Halloween be on the street handing out candy. Setup a table or a tent in front of your sanctuary and ask your most kid friendly volunteer to give out the candy. You want someone who is going to smile and interact with the parents and kids. It’s ok to have them wear a custom – something that is not scary or offensive. Maybe something that ties in with the theme.
- Create a service whose theme is based on a popular children’s movie (Toy Story or Legos The Movie)
- Create flyers and posters to share with the community. Make sure it says a Safe Halloween environment for the entire family. Oh and make sure the event is actually on Halloween.
- And preach a sermon the week before about reaching the lost (Jesus came). Let this sermon motivate and educate your members.
- Create Halloween bags and don’t include some in depth track just give out a flyer with church info and plenty of candy.
- Plan a service 1hr long – play fun music or instrumentals – 3 five minute skits where the hero and villain interact
Here is what the service schedule should look like:
- Have a Host Welcome Your Guests
- Skit 1 with the Villain antagonizing the Hero
- Do two or three Worship Songs for Children (have the children who attend your weekly children’s ministry participate)
- Plan 3 to 4 Games that get the crowd involved (split the audience into 2 groups that can challenge each other)
- Do 2 more skits in between the games
- Take 15 minutes to share gospel and ask families to respond to the Gospel give out candy bags on the way out (if your making an altar call please make sure you collect the names for follow up)
I know I’m simplifying stuff but here’s the takeaway.
If Halloween is such a popular day for children, it sounds like a no brainer to me.