Instead of the usual haunted house, a small church
in Georgia has set up a series of rooms containing
dramatic portrayals of real life situations. One
shows a bloody car accident, another displays the
horrors of abortion. A sordid drug scene is included
along with a ghastly satanic ritual. The last room
contained a scorching walk through hell after which
trick-or-treaters were given a gospel tract on the way out.
This is only one of the creative methods used by soul winners to capitalize
on the witnessing opportunities at Halloween. Many churches buy Halloween
literature and hand it out free to their members to use during the Holiday. One church in New York distributed 2,000 trick-or-treat bags that included a tract along with candy. Another church set up a table on the sidewalk with tracts and treats for the neighborhood kids while the church youth were having a "Harvest Party" inside.
One pastor spent some pulpit time teaching on the history of Halloween and
then provided literature for the families to distribute when the night came. "Many people are surprised when they learn the actual meaning of Halloween," he said. "Tracts are also a good way to get the gospel message across when time does not allow for a discussion."
Some churches watch for community activities were they can reach large
crowds quickly. One town in Kansas has a week-long, city-wide celebration
called Newollah, Halloween spelled backwards. It included a parade and
carnival, a queen contest and musicals. All of these activities attract
a lot of people where soul winners can move quickly getting the gospel
into many hands in a hurry. The pastor reported, "The tracts were readily
accepted and very few people refused them. We stamped our church name on
the back of them and our members passed out 1800 tracts."
One church provided Halloween tracts to a local food bank that asked
churches to supply literature to go in food boxes. Another Ohio church
is working on putting the gospel in every home in their town. At Halloween
they add Chick Halloween tracts to the information packet which they leave
at each home. "We know especially that with the Chick tracts they are
going to get read. If they throw the packet away they will still have
the church information on the back of the tract," said church member Tom
More even than Christmas or Easter, Halloween is being turned into a major
national witnessing opportunity by creative soul winners.