Trunk Or Treat – Churches Find New Way to Connect With Their Community
Many Christians still struggle over Halloween. Some think that we should not celebrate it at all while a growing number are turning Halloween into a Christian event with Trunk or Treats and Hallelujah festivals. These are bringing a large number of children and parents to the events. At the Trunk or Treat or Hallelujah festivals kids receive candy, play games, eat and receive information about the church or the Gospel.
It was believed that as the harvest season ended and winter approached, the spirits of the dead were most active, intent on mischief and mayhem toward the living. Bonfires and costumes were supposed to frighten away spirits, while treats were set out, and sometimes sacrifices offered to appease them.
St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and the church eventually instituted All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, and later All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, in an attempt to Christianize the season. As Christianity grew in influence, the ancient pagan practices waned.
Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and Trunk or Treat parties have become one way to do that.
One fun way to share the Gospel has been with the Memory Cross “What could be better than free candy card”. The message on the card reads “Free Candy! That’s what Halloween is all about! Just dress up in a costume, say, “Trick or Treat!” and get Free Candy! What could be better than that? God’s Love! That’s the sweetest Gift of all!