For many Christians, Halloween creates a lot of inner turmoil – Do we participate in this pagan celebration? Do we hand out candy? Or do we express our disgust by closing up our houses and shutting off the lights? Whatever way you have handled this time of the year, you might consider one other alternative. I would propose that you use October 31st as an opportunity to present the gospel to trick or treaters (it doesn’t matter if they can’t read – their parents can). Here’s how I have envisioned this working:
1) Purchase candy to hand out to trick or treaters
2) Purchase sandwich or snack size zip lock bags
3) Download template for the gospel tract (see link), print on regular copy/printer paper and cut (4 tracts to the page)
4) Download “Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation” shipping label to place on each bag of treats; print on clear shipping labels (Avery Shipping Label #8663 template – Google it) (see link)
5) Attach printed shipping label to bag, put candy (any amount of wrapped candy) and tract into the bag and seal it.
You may use what I have provided here. Or if you prefer, you can use another gospel tract or mailing label. The important thing is that you give each child the message of Christ, letting people know in a subtle way that you are not celebrating Halloween, but rather Reformation Day, which is the day that Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the Wittenberg Chapel door.
Soli Deo Gloria