Well it’s that time of year. You settle down to watch your favorite TV program, or eat a late dinner, or watch the news. Then the doorbell rings. You answer the door, and there staring you in the face is a pint size monster wanting you to give up your sweets. Then they move on, until they have devoured all the neighborhood of their stash of munchies. Halloween. Evidently it was a holiday invented by a parent, or two, who had little monsters running around the house causing havoc. And they wanted peace and quiet. So their solution? Sugar of course. Send them to a strangers house so they can give the little monsters sugar. Now they are up all night causing havoc, instead of falling asleep at a decent hour. What we will do for our sanity.
But now we come to those who don’t believe in Halloween. They politely tell the little beggars that they don’t believe in the practice saying it was against their individual beliefs. Some would go as far as to give out gospel tracts instead of candy. Many would say it is the devil’s day and slam the door on them. Of course, they may risk cleaning up some kind of vandalism.
While the timing of Halloween happens on days that either falls on a festival day of pagans, or on a day set aside as all saints day, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is evil, or supports evil. If we are truly Christians or Believers, we should look at Halloween as an opportunity to evangelize quietly to the children. But let’s not just stop at tracts, but offer them the snacks and candy normally associated to their fun night. In doing so we send them away happy, and more willing to read the tracts. Just giving the tracts may cause them to just throw it away without reading it. And if you would give tracts to children, why not see if you could find any written in the form of cartoons or comic book form? They would more likely read that than a cold, dull writing they probably wouldn’t understand. And if the parents should just happen to pick up and read the tracts, then the seed would be planted one more time.
These days we should try to put a positive spin on all those that we would consider evil or a bad influence. Doing so we are reclaiming that ground for God, because it was His to start with. Creative evangelizing should be a part of our everyday ministry to others; especially when traditional methods fail to make an impact. That’s why many Churches offer an alternative trick or treat night by sponsoring a Halloween night. It is safe, fun, they get to hear the gospel in some form, and of course they get their candy. That is their way of creative evangelizing. If they can do it, so can we.