Halloween is just around the corner. Over the years, our family has taken a variety of approaches to this holiday, including (but not limited to):
- scheduling family vacations that time of year so we’d be out of town and miss Halloween altogether
- celebrating Reformation Day instead, singing Martin Luther’s hymns and watching various biopics of his life
- attending Fall Festivals at local churches (and occasionally even volunteering to help)
- visiting a pumpkin patch after dark and feeling our way through the corn maze
- leaving an bowl of candy (unattended) on the front porch while we went out to eat or took in a movie (bad idea – the first trick-or-treater ignored our “please only take one” sign and dumped the entire bowl in his bag, so all the candy was gone before we even got out of our driveway)
- letting the kids dress up in non-scary costumes (think colonial garb, hospital scrubs, and army camouflage) to visit elderly neighbors who’d told us days in advance they’d prepared special treats for our children and could hardly wait to see their costumes
- Prescott Publishing offers more printable tracts, including the one we passed out last year: “The Good Shepherd.”
- The Happy Home Fairy offers another Christian Mom’s perspective on Halloween, and some great gospel labels you can stick on your candy before handing it out.
- 2015 Update: We added three more Halloween tract designs, so take your pick and rotate year to year!
However, when we moved into our current home, we were warned that Halloween in this neighborhood attracts a flood of trick-or-treaters from all over town. Sure enough, we had over a thousand come by last year, but we were prepared.
Not only did we stock-up on candy, but we also laid in a huge supply of gospel tracts, installed a couple of flood lights in the trees outside our house, and invited a team of church members over to share Jesus with parents in the front yard while we filled their children’s goody bags with tracts and candy and entertained them with optical illusions on our porch.
It was time and money well-spent.
We designed the simple little tract we’ll be passing out this year ourselves. You are welcome to print as many as you’d like for your own family’s use, if you are so inclined. Just click on the images below, which are linked to the pdf files you will need.
This tract will print black on white. If you’d prefer it to be more colorful, you may print on colored paper or cardstock. Make double-sided prints, then cut the page into quarters and fold each section on the dotted line.
Follow these related links for more ideas for sharing the gospel on your own doorstep:
How will you be spending the 31st of October? Does your family have special traditions you enjoy this time of year? We’d love for you to share them in the comment section below. And however you choose to pass All Hallow’s Even, we hope it will be a safe and happy one for all!