Happy Halloween or Happy Reformation Day or Happy stay at home day, whatever you may call it.
When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays! We would dress up in fun costumes, I would go trick or treating with my mom and some friends. Then after trick-or-treating we would head to my Grandma's for a whirl wind of activity that involved a lot of costumed cousins, dinner at McDonald's, and visiting all of my great-grandparents. As I got older it turned into going with my sister and my neice and nephew and pizza at my parents. But regardless of my age it always invovled food, candy, and family.
Now that I have my own kids and now that we're in ministry, there's more questions to answer. How do we view the holiday, do we dress up our kids, etc.?
For me I view this holiday as a fun experience for kids to get candy, meet some neighbors, and hang out with their family.
Tonight we are hosting our youth group, Revolution, over at our place to put on a Light the Night in our neighborhood. What's Light the Night? Think of a mini-carnival in your front yard during tick-or-treat.
A few tips:
-Invite some friends or family over to help you facilitate.
-It's a great event to do with your youth group or kids ministry that can bridge the gap between church even and outreach
-Hand out big candy bars, being the big bar house makes a huge impact on kids
-If you hand out a track or church information (it's a good opportunity to do so) make sure that you hand out a big candy bar or a lot of little candy bars (feed their stomach to get to their heart)
-You can set up a movie to show, either on the side of your house or in your garage, use a projector and a white sheet
-Set up a hay bale table for coloring or crafts. Adds to decorations and gvies another thing to do
-You can find easy and cheap carnival games at oriental trading or at american carnival mart (both online). Games like: knock the can over, duck pond, bean bag toss, ring toss, etc.
Our daughter Abbey will be dressed as Mulan and our son Micah will be a Train Conductor.
What are your kids (or you) dressing up for this year?
Enjoy your evening, whatever you may do with it.