Halloween Tract Evangelism: Don't Be Tricked, Follow the Truth

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Halloween is a good opportunity to share God's love.

Halloween is a challenge for Christian families. The Christian community is divided over how to approach the holiday. Some refuse to observe a holiday with pagan roots. Others engage in alternative activities that celebrate the fun without the pagan elements.

How do you approach Halloween? Have you considered its ministry potential? Halloween is a good opportunity for evangelism. There may be no better time to share God's love with your friends and neighbors.

The American Tract Society estimates that 80 to 90 percent of children trick-or-treat each year. This gives you an opportunity to witness to hundreds of children from your own doorstep, with the flip of a light switch.

Halloween Tract Evangelism

Many churches sponsor community outreach activities for Halloween. They may host a fall carnival with food, games, and costume parades. Orlando Baptist Church, for example, sponsors a "Trunk or Treat" event.

As a Christian, you can organize your own community outreach. Halloween tract evangelism is one way to share God's love with your friends and neighbors. Tracts are small, colorful pamphlets that explain salvation through Jesus Christ.

Charles Spurgeon, one of the most influential preachers of all time, used gospel tracts to explain salvation. "There is a real service of Christ in the distribution of the gospel in its printed form," he said. "How many thousands have been carried to heaven instrumentally upon the wings of these tracts, none can tell."

How many thousands have been carried to heaven ... upon the wings of these tracts, none can tell.

— Charles Spurgeon

It's easy to drop a gospel tract into a trick-or-treat bag along with candy and other goodies. Halloween tracts have the potential to reach not only children but also their parents. The American Tract Society hears from hundreds of people each year who say their faith began with a Halloween tract.

You can find Halloween evangelism tracts {affiliate link} online, at church, and in Christian bookstores. Their messages are easy to read and understand. Some gospel tracts contain puzzles and games that are fun for kids.

Here's an example of the type of message that appears in Halloween tracts. All scripture quotes are from the New American Standard Bible.

Don't Be Tricked

People say a lot of things about God, and sometimes what they say is not true. If you're not careful, the lies can trick you. Here are some things people say about God, followed by what the Bible says about God:

TRICK: Some people say, "Wait until you're older to think about God." But Jesus didn't think people should wait until they are older to think about Him. "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me," He said, "for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).

TRICK: Some people say, "There are many ways to God." But the Bible says Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6).

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TRICK: Some people say, "Jesus is boring" or "Christians don't have any fun." But boredom is not what Jesus had in mind for his followers. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly," he said (John 10:10).

Follow the Truth

Don't get tricked by the things people say about God. Let Him speak for Himself. The Bible shows you that God shares the truth, not tricks.

TRUTH: God loves you. Have you seen "3:16" on calendars, t-shirts, or signs at ball games? This number refers to John 3:16, a Bible verse.

It says: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

TRUTH: Everyone sins. This means everyone thinks, says, or does bad things sometimes. The Bible says, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Disobedience, lies, selfishness, and all sins separate people from God. Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death," which is bad. But there is hope because the verse also says, "... but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

TRUTH: Jesus died for our sins. God made a way for everyone to receive forgiveness. He sent Jesus, His Son, to earth -- to become a human, live a perfect life, and die on the cross. Jesus took the punishment for everyone's sins, and God accepted it.

TRUTH: Christians have an eternal home in heaven. People who believe that Jesus died for their sins receive God's forgiveness and become part of his family forever. In John 10:28, Jesus said, "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish."

The Best Treat

Anyone can receive God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life -- the best treat at Halloween or any time of year. If you want this gift, talk to God about it. This is called prayer. Use your own words, or say something like this:

Dear God, I believe Jesus is your Son. I admit that I have sinned against you and other people by what I have thought, said, or done.

I believe Jesus died for me to take the punishment I deserve. I also believe He rose again to give me new life. Thank you for forgiving me and making me part of your family. Help me to live a life that pleases you. Amen.

If you prayed to God and accepted his gift, you made the best decision of your life. Not only do you have an eternal home in heaven, but you also have a brand new life on earth. Shoot me an email so I can welcome you into the family!

Your Turn

How do YOU celebrate Halloween? Do you share God's love through Halloween tract evangelism? Leave your answer in the comments below. And if you liked this post, use those nifty buttons on the left to share it with your social networks. Thank you!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Annette, good thoughts on what can trick you into believing falsehoods. We do have alternate activities this day, usually watch old movies at home or go out to the theater. Love your leading others on the prayer.


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Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Thank you, Dianna. We often use tract evangelism to share the gospel on Halloween. Although we didn't meet many trick-or-treaters this year, we had an opportunity to talk about Jesus with one of our neighbors. It was a very good evening.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

People can sin in many way's, including judgement against others in a church. I see nothing wrong with the fun Halloween brings to children. It is our responsibility to teach our children about God and his commandments. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

"It is our responsibility to teach our children about God and his commandments." So true. What an awesome responsibility and privilege God has given us. Thank you, Ruby, for reading my hub and posting a comment.

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