Don’t wait until after your Halloween alternative event to start thinking about how to get your visitors back to church on Sunday. Some quick planning and a friendly photographer to welcome guests to your Halloween party may lead to new church members later…
What You’ll Need:
- A welcome volunteer to greet visitors at the door to your event;
- A camera — preferably digital;
- A paper and pen to register guests as they come;
- 5×7 card stock paper, envelopes, a glue stick, and stamps;
- Optional: A tripod and a fun backdrop for your photos.
Before your event, recruit one of your church’s friendliest individuals to be a welcome volunteer at the door to your event. Ask them to greet visitors with a smile, and register their name and contact information as they arrive. Then, with the family in costume for the party, ask them to stand together for a fun photo that will be mailed to them later. Use a digital camera if you have access to one, so you can view the photo and make sure everyone’s eyes are open and the photo looks good. If you’re using a film camera, take a couple shots for good measure. To make the photo the best it can be, use a tripod and create a fun backdrop by draping a colorful cloth down from the wall, or painting a scene on a large roll of art paper.
After the party is over, print the photos in the standard 4×6 size. Make sure you keep the pictures in the same order that you took them in, and refer to your registry to know which photo goes with each family. Glue the back of each photo, and center each one on a piece of 5×7 cardstock. Then flip the card over to write a kind note on the back. Be sure you use this opportunity to invite the family back to church on Sunday. Slip each card in an envelope, address and stamp them, and mail them off. If you had a lot of visitors come, gather some friends to help you in this task, and enjoy leftover treats from your event!