To Trick Or Not To Treat: 5 Alternate Ideas For Halloween

One of the big questions people face during this time of year is how to approach and respond to Halloween. As Christians, what is our responsibility?

Halloween doesn’t have to be about spiders and ghouls. Here are 5 alternate ideas to do this Halloween:

1. Hold a Pumpkinpalooza. Invite a bunch of friends over for grand occasion of pumpkin carving. Just be sure to provide enough trashcans to clean up all the goop. Bake cupcakes or cookies and decorate them with orange and green frosting. Sprinkle tiny pumpkin confetti on the counters to add some themed glitz. Throw some apple cider in a slow cooker to mull throughout the party for an autumn refreshment.

2. Make your home kid-friendly. Peggy Randall loves to greet kids with a smile at her door to be an example of salt and light in our world. Alina builds an interactive driveway, complete with a chance to take a picture with a giant inflatable cat! She enjoys standing at the bottom of her driveway to talk with other parents as they trick-or-treat with their kids.

3. Celebrate Reformation Day and read Scripture. Dunia Edwards talks about Martin Luther and the 95 Theses he nailed to the Wittenberg church door in 1517 every year with her kids. Transition from talking about the church to talking about God’s victory over evil. As Christians, we do not need to fear the darkness of this world. Grab your Bible and read passages that celebrate God’s triumph.

4. Knock for charities. During the holiday season, seeing a man or woman in a fake elf costume ringing for spare change is not uncommon. Instead of trick-or-treating for candy, use the time to collect spare change for a charity. UNICEF hands out  “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” boxes each year to raise money. Check out local schools and churches to see if they have a similar program.

5. Create your own tradition. Misti Michaels holds a character PJ party with her kids each year. Her parents come over in the evening for a simple meal and a fun, spooky movie like “The Sword and the Stone”. Or, if the trees turn where you live, collect pretty leaves throughout the season. Then make wreaths or pictures out of the colorful foliage. Make it a competition by giving a small award to the most creative piece.

Will you and your family spend Halloween trick-or-treating or doing something less traditional?

*This adorable little one’s name is my friend Kate’s son, Brody.

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