Read in 1 min Leader Resources » Ministry Basics » Event Ideas Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 3 Big Ideas to Shine Jesus’ Light During Halloween Published: October 18, 2023 These three big ideas will help you shine Jesus’ light this Halloween. 3 Big Ideas to Shine Jesus’ Light During Halloween Halloween Idea #1: Make and give treat bags. Help kids serve others. Send home letters to parents requesting a donation of a Halloween treat, such as individually wrapped lollipops, chewing gum, or candy bars. Sort the treats into different containers and place them on a table. Have each child select either an orange or white lunch bag and decorate it with black and orange markers. The children can then fill the decorated bags with treats from the table. Fold and staple the top of each bag. A few days before Halloween, take the children to deliver the treat bags to a nursing home, a women’s shelter, or a homeless shelter. Roxanne Williams Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Halloween Idea #2: Redeem the day! Rather than avoiding Halloween, transform it with these fresh ideas: Go Halloween caroling with the good news message. Hold a candlelight service on Halloween night to pray for the neighborhood children’s safety. Take photos of trick-or-treaters, get their addresses, and mail the photos to them. Carve pumpkin heads and put a candle inside as a reminder to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:16). Think of four special things to do in the four weeks before Halloween; for example, do something for God, for unchurched friends, for churched friends, and for family members. Create an Advent-type program to honor these four relationships at this time of year. Mark von Ehrenkrook Puyallup, Washington Halloween Idea #3: Throw a party! Use these fun themes to make your Halloween-alternative party new each year! Country Picnic: Eat on the ground, auction boxed dinners, and invite your “aunts.” Pumpkin Patch Party: Meet in a pumpkin patch or create a patch in your church. Carve pumpkins, hold a seed-spitting contest, and eat pumpkin pie. Costume Ball: Have a sports night where different balls are used for activities, such as a football throw or a three-person basketball game. Come dressed in costumes, of course. Pie Fair: Have pie judging, pie eating, pie throwing, a pie raffle, and a pie walk. Cider Squeeze: With this apple theme, have apple pies, caramel apples, and apple games such as bobbing for apples and apple rolling. Mark von Ehrenkrook Puyallup, Washington Check out all these Halloween ideas! And for even more ideas and daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!