Our family has handled Halloween in a variety of ways over the years. When our kids were younger, we tried to avoid it. Now we try to redeem it. And these free printable trick-or-treat tracts are a big part of how we go about it.
We live in a neighborhood that attracts hundreds and hundreds of trick-or-treaters every Halloween. Our first year here, we had over a thousand knock on our door before we turned off the porch lights and called it a night.
In our minds, this is an amazing opportunity. It’s like reverse door-to-door evangelism: we stay home and the people come to us!
Approaching Halloween with a Missional Mindset
That’s why I design a new gospel tract every year to drop into all those pumpkin buckets and pillow cases along with the candy we pass out. Want some Halloween tracts to pass out to your own trick-or-treaters? Scroll down and take your pick from the 10 designs we’ve published to date.
In light of all the tragedies America has faced lately, I thought the messaging on this year’s tract would be especially timely. Kids watch news reports, too. And they sometimes worry about the state of affairs far more than we realize. Kids need to know that when we trust in Jesus, we have nothing to fear.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.” – Psalm 23:4
God’s Word says:
- “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.” – Isaiah 41:10
- “Give all your worries and cares to God, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
- “Be anxious for nothing; instead, pray about everything.” – Phil. 4:6
- “Fear not, I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13
- “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.” – Matthew 6:34
… but don’t let that haunt you! Instead, we want to urge kids — and parents — to give all their cares to Christ today. That’s the message of this first tract in a nutshell.
Whereas Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus comes that we may have life more abundantly. Picking between the two should be an easy choice, right?
Jesus is the light of the world. In Him, there is no darkness at all. He has defeated sin, death, and the grave. And He calls us out of darkness, to walk in His glorious light.
Most years we package our tracts in a small bag of candy. But on the years we use this tract, we pass out full-size candy bars, instead. And you should see the kids’ eyes light up when they see them. God has always been generous to us, and we want to reflect His generosity to others.
It may sometimes seem like they do. People, on the other hand, have only one life to live. So we’d better make it count — and be mindful that we must one day give account for how we spent it.
This design by Kate D. tied for 1st place in a Gospel Tract competition we sponsored recently. We think her idea is so clever and love the hand-drawn zombie inside! It’s message? Don’t remain among the “walking dead” — accept the new life Christ offers instead!
Sharing 1st place (and the $300 prize) is this design by Sarah B. She asks a very important question — and did a great job drawing that stash of candy! We are hoping this tract will help give trick-or-treaters an eternal perspective.
In these troubled times, lots of people are searching for pease. And the acrostic Selah T. came up with for her contest entry tells them exactly where to find it! This Halloween tract tied for 2nd with the design below it.
We love the fact Eli K. packed so much Scripture into his Halloween tract. Especially since we know God’s word never returns void, but accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent. Eli shares 2nd place (and the $200 prize money) with Selah T.
Here’s another clever analogy in a design submitted by Micah S. The $100 3rd place prize goes entirely to him. Frankenstein was a monstrous mess; Jesus is a miraculous Messiah. Frankenstein, fiction; Jesus, fact. There is really no comparison.
Instructions for printing these Halloween tracts
Want to print a stack of trick-or-treat tracts to share with the costumed kiddies who come to your door? Just click on any of the images above (or text links below) to download a black & white copy of that particular tract. We print our trick-or-treat tracts on colored paper to brighten things up.
Each design prints four copies per sheet, so you’ll need to cut the tracts apart and fold along the center after printing. We zip ours into snack-sized bags with a handful of candy. This makes it easy for our trick-or-treaters to grab and go.
To review, here’s a quick-reference list of the ten trick-or-treat tracts we’ve published to date. As you can see, you have lots of designs to choose from:
Trick-or-Treat Tracts (in English):
- We are living in troubled times — but don’t let that haunt you.
- Do you want a trick or a treat?
- Who can defeat the powers of darkness? Whooo?
- Please accept this king-sized candy bar!
- Do cats really have 9 lives?
- Are zombies real?
- What do you live for?
- Do you know how to rest in peace?
- It’s easy to get spooked on a night like this.
- Frankenstein rose from the dead in the movies
Trick-or-Treat Tracts (in Spanish):
We live in Texas, so we see our share of Spanish-speaking trick-or-treaters, too. I’ve translated a few of our Halloween tracts into Spanish now to share with them. Here’s what we have available so far (hopefully, with more coming soon):
- ¿Quiere un Truco o un Dulce? (Do you want a trick or a treat?)
- Estamos viviendo en Tiempos Temerosos (We are living in troubled times)
Even More Gospel Tracts to Share
And that’s still not all. We have lots more tracts available for other holidays, as well as a few multi-page tracts that can be used year-round.
- Christmas-Themed Gospel Tracts – tuck these into Christmas cards and stockings or pass them out to neighbors, coworkers, and fellow shoppers
- Valentine-Themed Gospel Tracts – perfect for card exchanges at school
- The Good Shepherd Tract – multi-page tract available through our sister site, Prescott Publishing
- The Limits of Science – a good, multi-page tract to share with people who think themselves too smart to believe in God
Live in the country far away from trick-or-treating neighbors? Prefer to skip Halloween altogether? Then you might be interested in turning the day into a history lesson instead. You’ll find our favorite resources for celebrating Reformation Day here.