Halloween and Student Ministry

A couple of weeks ago, we had Halloween. I heard many mixed reviews on should we do anything for Halloween, or how much should we do? Is having an alternative celebrating the dark day that it stands for? I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share with you about Halloween and Student Ministry:

  • You can make Halloween fun without worshiping the day– Look, we made the day fun, and even allowed the students to dress up for youth group (monitored for sure). It was fun, but I never felt like we celebrated the day, or even worshipped the day. The dress up, and fun never took the place of the Gospel in other words.
  • Use Halloween as an opportunity to share Jesus– We did a haunted school for our student ministry and the community, and shared the Gospel through it. We saw 1 for sure accept Jesus, and several other decisions made. We also had a “trunk or treat” for the people in our community, and gave the Gospel out to over 300 kids and families. We also had people at their homes pass out the Gospel to everyone who knocked on their doorstep. What better way to share Jesus than on the one day a year where people actually knock on our doorsteps?
  • Students get involved for the fun– I have learned that students who want to trick or treat or dress up on this day are in it for the fun and friends, not because they worship the day or what it stands for. If a student went trick or treating, it does not mean that they are into demonic things. They might just want to have a night out for fun, and receive tons of free candy 🙂
  • Regardless of how you feel, Halloween will still happen– Look, you may be totally against everything that happens on October 31st, but that does not change the fact that it will still happen each year. This is the reason why I have embraced it, and try to use it to share Jesus, because my stand against it will change the fact that it is still going to happen, and that people will be involved in it!

Question: What did your ministry do for Halloween?

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

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