I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now. We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community. We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.
When I was growing up, Halloween was the number 2 most important holiday on the kid’s calendar. It was rivaled only by that grande dame of avarice – Christmas. Christmas may have been all about the presents but Halloween was all about Candy, Candy and more Candy. This was your chance to get a sugar payload big enough to last well into December before you would get another hit.
In my day, we donned a cheap-o plastic costume mom bought at the drug store. It came with a mask you couldn’t see out of or breathe in because the holes were cut lopsided and uneven. Your mom was usually a giant buzz kill and made you wear your coat. And you weren’t allowed to eat any candy until she checked it for needle holes and razor blades. Somehow the snickers bars never made it back to my stash from the rigorous safety examination.
Back then we didn’t have a lot of Halloween swag – fancy pumpkin baskets and holiday accessories. The plan was simple. We grabbed our pillowcases, threw our coats in the bushes and headed for the nearest apartment building. All kids can do complex math equations on Halloween. Greater density housing + smaller square area x speed ÷ number of trick or treaters = maximum candy payload. Any house that gives out apples or raisins is obviously making a cry for help and wants to be egged or tented in toilet paper. Whether it was from the contraband eaten on the way home or from breathing in the chemical residue from the inside of Spiderman or Wonder Woman’s face – we were delirious by the end of the night.
Halloween can be a very touchy subject for Christians. Some Christians take the stance that it descends from All Hallow’s Eve, a Christian holiday . Why not let the kids dress up and have some harmless fun? Other believers feel that to celebrate Halloween in any way is equal to sacrificing a goat on the church lawn. Most Christians fall somewhere in between. One thing I think we all can agree on is that Halloween has gotten out of hand. The decorations hit the shelves in the summer while you’re still on your beach trip. Costume Superstores are open for three months a year then disappear back into the internet. Your neighbors decorate their yard like its the set of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
With so much hoopla given to one day why not make it a witnessing opportunity? Swarms of kids will descend on your yard with costumed parents in tow. Here is your chance to tell them Jesus loves them and died for them. Some of our young adults organized a neighborhood outreach to present the gospel to Trick or Treaters last Friday night. They set up a base camp with goody bags filled with glow bracelets and bookmarks and a clever tract about Jesus that looked like a million dollars. There were also free games and costumed greeters who invited the kids to take part in the Halloween Treasure Hunt.
Treasure maps were given out to lead the kids to each of four locations set up around the neighborhood cul-de-sac. Each location had costumed participants who acted out different Bible Stories. Then the Trick or Treaters were given stickers on their map and the usual Halloween loot of a pick from the candy bowl. When they had finished visiting all four locations they returned to base camp where they showed their completed map to collect their treasure. The “Treasure” was a bag of gold wrapped chocolate coins. I considered a makeshift costume and map of my own for a minute but common sense and my daughter’s inevitable shaming of me stopped it from happening.
I visited each location to see what skits were being performed and check for any chocolates that may have inadvertently fallen to the ground. The quality control was pretty high so I didn’t find any sweets but I did get to watch each skit performed for the kids. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. David and Goliath. Noah and the Ark. And The Story of The Birth of Jesus. The Trick or Treaters and their parents all seemed to enjoy it and they made sure they went back to collect their treasure when they finished their maps.
One of the houses had a visitor who told the actors that she was very blessed and that whoever thought of the outreach had heard from the Holy Spirit. She said it was a blessing not just for her grand kids but for her personally. That’s what we like to hear. If you want to watch the skits, and i hope you do – I have the links to each one in the titles above. Spoiler alert – one of them is set to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song.
I took a poll from each house to see what the most popular costume was for this year. And the answer is . . . Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. One of my houses counted SEVEN.
Over 120 visitors went through the Halloween Treasure Hunt and were witnessed to, Praise God! What a great way to present the gospel to families in your neighborhood.
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.