Halloween and the Church has gone through many seasons of change. First it was okay to trick-or-treat. Then it was dangerous. Then it was giving the devil extra glory. Then we created the Fall Fest so kids could dress up and get their candy and stay safe. First it was Bible costumes only at those Fall Fests. Now any costume usually passes. Halloween has been made safe and alternative by the church.
Over ten years ago I began speaking often about a “Wild Frontier thought” I had about Halloween. Why on the one night of the year that the neighbors are coming to your door, is your house darkened because you are at your church? This is the night you get to be neighborly and appreciated as a neighbor. Be home. Be present. Do it up. Talk to your neighbors. Get to know their names. And then continue talking to your neighbors post-Halloween. Call them by name and have real conversations with them. Love your neighbors! (Have you heard that before?)
This upcoming year Halloween falls on a Friday night. No school the next morning for the kids. (To which the teachers rejoice because they will not have sugar-hyped kids the next day for class.) Stay home and be a neighbor. And with this early notification, plan something special.
My brother attends a “megachurch” in Colorado (one you probably haven’t heard of because they don’t write books and create conferences.) They have decided to cancel their fall fest for this reason. Be inspired by their announcement video. Click.
What will you do at your home? What will you inspire the people around you to do?