Whether you like it or not, Halloween is a big deal. Decorations go up, parades are planned, and kids get to dress up and become whatever they want. Trick-or-treat night is a big deal. Have you seen the candy displays? So, what are you giving out to all the visitors? Yes, visitors…to your front porch…no invitation needed. Don’t tell me you’re hiding with the porch light off!!!
If missional living isn’t a part of your line item household budget, it needs to be. Let me tell you what we did last year and I hope you copy this idea and put it to work at your house, in your neighborhood, with the people around you.
Last year, we decided to go all out. We live in town, with sidewalks, and lots of families around. PK and I decided to go big. We got a ton of candy – the good stuff, six big containers of hot cocoa, two (or was it three) gallons of apple cider, and 200 coffee cups with lids.
Yes, we set up shop on our front porch and gave away candy, hot cocoa, and warm cider to everyone. Kids, parents, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, a few people we knew and a bunch of people we didn’t know. My husband felt like a barista. I think we had 20 cups left. No one complained when the line was ten deep or they had to wait for the next batch of warm cider.
In fact, do you know what happened? People talked and laughed. We weren’t strangers. We were people out with our kids. We could ooh and ah about costumes and commiserate about how something fell off or so and so was having a melt down and by the way what’s your favorite candy you are taking out of your kid’s bag.
Does this mean you can’t take your kids out trick-or-treating? No. I took mine out while Keith manned the stand. It was a chilly evening, but I had my cup of cider with me. It was advertisement. Someone said, “I could use a warm drink” and I replied, “Go up to the house on so and so street. They are giving it out for free.” I didn’t say it was my house, because it didn’t matter. Word got around that our house was the place to go.
Did we convert people and invite them all to our MAG? No, of course not. But we were friendly and open. We were just being kind. People tried to pay us and we said ‘no’. They asked why we were doing this and we said because it sounded like fun. It’s really that simple. Be kind. Be the only light of goodness that people might see all week.
So, go get your Halloween spirit out. Go buy more candy than you can imagine. Get some cocoa, cider, and cups. Or get whatever you think people will enjoy. Set up on your porch or lawn and get ready to serve. Be a presence in your neighborhood! Don’t just talk about it. Take action! Have fun!
Oh – one last thing. Don’t worry about being Pinterest perfect, your heart intentions are much more important. Prior to the picture with PK being taken, a gust of wind came and blew my ceramic pumpkin off the table and it shattered. Like I needed to clean that up in the midst of everything else! Really, just have fun!