Halloween is the one time of the year when people are knocking on your door and wanting something from you. And yet, as Christians, we close the curtains, turn off the lights, and tell the children that we don’t believe.
There is so much that we engage with and yet Halloween and Harry Potter seem like Christian taboos.
Why retreat and run a mile? Why don’t we get involved? What happened to our understanding of Matthew 5?
Read it and remember the simple call of Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. People also don’t light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. and he enlightens everyone in the house. Likewise, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. “
I can’t think of a better time to do this than Halloween.
Instead of streets of silence imagine if thousands of homes lit up this Halloween and offered warmth, generosity and hope?
This year, like the last time, I am run a Halloween trail in our local community. I am delighted that 45 families and a few local businesses are getting involved.
Within an hour of creating an event on Facebook, more than 100 people said they were joining. It was great getting to know the team and I can’t wait to make friendships as we get closer to the event.
As a family, we have thought about what we want to do. It was a great opportunity to sit with the kids and chat together.
A lot of Halloween is all about fear, kids spend weeks preparing their spooky costumes, and houses are decorated with ghouls and monsters. So we decided to take the the opportunity to explore this theme of fear. We wanted to see if the Christian message has anything to offer.
Fear levels are at an all time high, being a mother of two, our life is like a big game of snakes and ladders. At any time, we could receive a text home from school to say that a child has tested positive for COVID.
The kids are on leave for a week, all after-school clubs have been canceled, and another week of work is lost. Maybe for you, it’s general, floating anxiety and fear from 18 months of confinement and isolation.
Or maybe it comes from reading a newspaper article about the impact COVID still has on all levels of society. In all of this, do we have something to say to our friends?
1 John 4 says “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear “. Imagine if friends and neighbors grasped the truth and beauty of these verses. Could it be that this love is what we all need?
Like a family we want to arouse curiosity about the person of Jesus Christ and we want to give people a space to stop and discuss. And over time and friendship we want to communicate something of the perfect love of Jesus.
As Blaise Pascal says, make religion attractive, make good men want it to be true, and then show that it is.
I wrote curious stories thinking about my neighborhood. These are stories that arouse curiosity and interest in the person of Jesus Christ, I sell them on my Etsy shop here.
Like last year, we are giving away gift bags containing candy, glow sticks and one of the curious stories. We’re going to be making and distributing Spider Web Cotton Candy and we have a Spider Web Assault Course too!
We would love for you to join us and become a House of Light. here is five ways to make the most of Halloween…
Share how Jesus is the light of your world on social networks
Decorate your home as House of Light
Give something that show jesus
Invite friends to a light party
Join to a local trail
Whatever you do, don’t back down, do something and take seriously the call to let your light shine before others.
Read more about Make Halloween for Christ here
No Dawson, regional coordinator of IFES Europe training and leader of Passion for Evangelism, a network of women evangelists.