The first thing most people think of when they hear the word, Halloween, is scary monsters. People think of witches, ghosts, pumpkins, goblins, ghouls, and this year – clowns. Halloween is when many in the United States think of the darkness. On dark nights like Halloween, the church has the opportunity to shine bright.
There are many churches that will hold fall festivals or harvest festivals. Numerous churches offer Trunk or Treat, a safe environment for families to take their children to dress up and get candy. I was talking with a pastor recently, and he shared an interesting approach his church takes on Halloween.
At his church, the church members are encouraged to be open and inviting in their homes for all the trick or treaters. They set up fire pits in front of their houses and hand out candy and gospel tracts. They pray for opportunities to have gospel conversations.
John 8:12 says, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” As Christ-followers, we are children of the Light. We are to help those who are walking in darkness to see the light of Jesus.
As you head into this Halloween weekend, encourage your church to be the bright lights on the darkest night.