For me, Halloween is a harmless and fun holiday. I love to carve pumpkins, dress up, and trick-or-treat. But not all Christians share my enthusiasm for the holiday, and that’s okay. For those who do, let me offer a simple idea for how the church can join the Halloween fun by providing a safety tool for children as they trick-or-treat.
This year we are hosting a Halloween Blessing at my church. We have invited children to wear their costumes to church on Sunday morning (you could also do this during a weeknight program if Sunday morning worship feels a bit too radical). During children’s church, I will pray with the children, asking God’s blessing for a safe and fun night, and then give each child a glow stick necklace to wear trick-or-treating, which will make them easier to spot in the dark by motorists and parents. The necklaces are tagged with a poem I wrote just for the occasion:
It’s time for trick or treating, for goblins and bats
spooks galore, ghosts, and cats,
weird happenings and witches brew,
but one thing I wish for you:
have fun and be safe this spooky night,
stay together and shine this light,
wear it on your wrist or as a necklace,
whatever you do don’t be reckless,
have fun and be safe, that’s my wish for you,
this Halloween night and in all you do
At home, I took this one step further. I created a double sided tag with the poem on the back and an invitation to church on the front. Kids love glow sticks and it’s an awesome way to invite families to church. Plus, it’s a great way to join the Teal Pumpkin Project, which raises awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!
Resources Free to Use:
The tags are created to use with Avery® business cards, but you can also print on regular paper and cut out the tags. I attached them by punching a hole in the top corner and stringing them onto the glow stick necklaces with orange ribbon. These tags are free to download and use.