Written by: Alyssa Duvall 
Article source: hellochristian.com

For many Christian families, Halloween is a non-starter and is too close to the darkness of 2 Corinthians 6:14 we are called to avoid. In author Michelle Iazurek’s eyes, “one day of gorging on sweets and wearing silly costumes is only a small reminder of the spiritual battle that is waging wars in our kids’ souls everyday.” Here are her three tips for being missional this Halloween:

Know the Word
“Knowing what the Bible has to say about the paranormal can help educate your children on what’s right and wrong about the dark side,” Iazurek writes. “…The Bible speaks clearly about the paranormal.” 

“Although exactly what goes on in the spiritual realm remains a mystery,” she continues, “we can educate our children on the truth about ghosts, zombies, and the afterlife. Use Halloween as an opportunity to make your kids more aware of what the word of God says about this (and many other current issues). Deuteronomy 18:10-11, Luke 24:39, and Romans 8:38 are great places to start.”

Reach the Lost
“If you do go out trick or treating, be intentional about meeting some neighbors along the way. As you wait for your children to ring the neighbor’s bell, strike up a conversation,” Iazurek suggests, recalling an instance in which she did the same. “We met some new neighbors a few years ago when we bought our first house. Because of that meeting, my husband officiated their wedding ceremony and we have been friends ever since.”

“Instead of dreading the day (as I have done in the past), see it as an opportunity to meet people you would never meet otherwise. Can you imagine the celebration in heaven if the people you met on a day intended for evil resulted in someone’s salvation?” 

Redeem it, Don’t Avoid It
Iazurek points out several ways Christians can truly glorify God in serving their neighbors on Halloween: “If you give out candy, attached a piece of paper to it with a Bible verse. ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8) is a great verse, as well as Proverbs 16:24 and Psalm 119:103. Also, let the neighbor kids know that if they ever feel unsafe at any point in the night (other kids harassing them, they get lost, etc.) your house is a ‘safe house.’ Reassure the kids that they can come to your house and stay there until you can contact their parents.”

Trunk or treat events are another way churches can establish “a presence within your community and makes people aware of the location of your church to everyone who visits, whether they ever come on a Sunday or not,” she adds. “Some churches give out cards with their service times and other pertinent information and slip them into each child’s bag. You never know: a child may decide to visit at a later date because of the kindness you showed them on Halloween.”

“Whatever you choose to do when October 31st rolls around, make sure you put Christ at the center of it,” Iazurek concludes. “What the enemy intends for evil, you can turn into something good.”

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