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Sharing Your Faith on Halloween

Updated on May 11, 2015

Not everyone will celebrateate Halloween

Even though we are in a town that celebrates this as a holiday this is not one that we completely take part in. We don't do the costumes or carve the pumpkins. The light is not turned on for those that are going door to door. But there are still knocks at our door.

We once would not answer the door but that has changed over the last few years. As you read on you will see how and why. So please continue on and find the reasoning behind this change.

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Harvest Night Celebration - Sharing with the community

Harvest Night
Harvest Night

Looking back over the first two of these I helped out at. The weather encouraged both to have people stop in. The first was a snowstorm and the second year there was a heavy rain coming down.

What am I talking about you are wondering? Well our church has done this a few times. We were able to use a local gym and get it set up with activities for the local kids to come and enjoy. There were puppet shows and face painting. We had people dressed up as clowns and doing balloon animals. There was even a place to win a gold fish. There were many other activities but the main idea was to share with the community. And at the same time giving kids several enjoyable activities.

Parents were also brought into the picture. Or to a certain extent out of the picture. There were teens and adults that would walk around with their children sharing the activities with them. And you are wondering what about the parents. Well they would have a sort of snack aria where we had drinks such as coffee, tea and cyder. There were also pastries and other sweets that they could enjoy. Sort of a way for the parents to relax and fellowship with other adults. Knowing that their kids were in easy earshot and watched over while they got a change to relax.

And as a final note there would be bags of candy for each child that had been there that evening.

Harvesting Poll # 1

Have you ever participated in a Harvest Night Celebration?

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As Harvest Night is about Gardening - Here are a couple books that I thought may be usefule for those that garden

Heres a chocolate bar
Heres a chocolate bar

Having chocolate for those that came to our door

Even if the light was off and there was no jack-o-lantern

For several years we would answer the door and explain that we did not celebrate Halloween. The light was always turned off and the curtains closed. Because it was not something we participated in we would not have a pumpkin outside. We are talking the non-carved type. But the people still knocked.

It was interesting that the parents would not stop their kids. I remember growing up that my parents would tell me that if the outside light was off that you do not knock on the door. This was not Motel 6 we would not leave the light on for anyone.

It was interesting explaining to the kids and college kids that we did not believe in this holiday nor did we take part in it. Sorry no candy. The eggs hit our home more than once because of this.

Then the wife got an idea. Why not give them the biggest piece of chocolate that they could get their hands on. And place on them a scripture and church contact information. So the light was still off and they would still knock. But now they get the explanation of why we do not believe in Halloween and a large piece of chocolate. Add to that the attached scripture and invitation to our church.

They may ignore the attached piece of paper but if they take the time to read it at least the seed has planted. And as they say some will plant the seeds and others will water them and yet others will be their for the harvest.

What to add to the candy you give out

At first glance all they see is a large bit of chocolate. But you can add a little something personal to that bar of chocolate. A verse from the bible such as - John 3:16. The church's contact information including the address and phone number. Also the time(s) and date(s) of your church's services.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

— John 3:16

Harvesting Poll # 2

Have you ever shared by adding a message to the candy being given out?

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There are two ways to classify October 31.

Which way do you use?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Now that we are older, we go to bed pretty early so we cut off the light but leave a basket of candy on the front porch just in case. Enjoyed reading about your tradition.

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      PaigSr 

      4 years ago from State of Confusion

      @ideadesigns: I know it may seam small but most "seeds" are. And sometimes you have to plant many "seeds" for the harvest to be ready.

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      ideadesigns 

      4 years ago

      I like the large chocolate bar idea. The idea of giving out notes or "seeds" is a great way to show love. Using our gifts to think up ideas for this holiday is what we should do best. I like the fish fry idea that Susan52's church does.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @MariaMontgomery: I am sorry to hear that both of your parents passed so close together. But at the same time I am glad that you were willing to share their passing and how it related to this lens.

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      MariaMontgomery 

      5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Halloween was originally All Hallows Eve, the night before All Hallows Day, more commonly known as All Saints Day on November 1. Most Christian churches still acknowledge All Saints Day on the first Sunday of November, with reserved seating for the families and friends of those who have died since the previous All Saints Day. The services are usually quite touching, but I did not attend the one for my parents (both died the same summer), as it was just another heartbreaking reminder of my loss.

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      TanoCalvenoa 

      5 years ago

      I wonder why some Christians celebrate Halloween and see not problem with it (such as myself) and others will not. I have nothing against those who differ, although I'm not sure I understand the rationale.

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      tonyaalves3 

      5 years ago

      I don't celebrate halloween.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @Nightcat: That I can understand as well. The scary part is that people would still TP or egg a house if they did not get what they wanted.

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      Nightcat 

      5 years ago

      My fave holiday and yes I remember the same thing growing up. No light meant to leave people alone and it wasn't always a faith thing. Here a lot of people are simply too poor to afford anything.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @siskiyoucowgirl: You are welcome and glad to know you have found a way to share.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @DebW07: Its not always easy but I do try.

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      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      This is one of my favorite holidays. Probably because the kids love it so much, and I love the enjoyment they get from it.

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      DebW07 

      5 years ago

      I really like your idea of sharing your faith with a candy bar on Halloween/Harvest Night, whatever you want to call it. For me, the label is not important but what is important is living-out your faith every day.

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      siskiyoucowgirl 

      5 years ago

      Very good lens! I loved it! As a Christian I don't believe in celebrating Halloween either and never have. My family and I have given out candy and gospel tracts to the kids as well though. Thanks for sharing this lens

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @ChrisLdn: I can see where this would outrank Halloween in any ones books.

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      ChrisLdn 

      5 years ago

      Halloween is also my grandmother's birthday, so she's always our main celebration!

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @SusanDeppner: The fish fry is another great idea. Happy parents is a great way to help keep the kids happy.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      @SheGetsCreative: Then I am glad that I was able to share. Rare as it maybe it is still out there. And can be shared if you are willing to take those steps and try. Thanks for sharing today.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I hadn't thought about the note on the candy bar. That's a great idea! Our church has a harvest celebration, too, that usually includes a fish fry for the adults as well as games and fun - and plenty of candy - for the kiddos.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've done all three - embracing Halloween, embracing a church-based Harvest festival and choosing not to celebrate at all. For me, I like the idea of a family-friendly Halloween festival or a neighborhood block party best but those seem to be very rare.

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