Posted by: sdunnpastor | October 23, 2011

THE BEST COMMUNITY CONNECTING DAY OF THE YEAR – HALLOWEEN

Here’s a good blog article http://churchtalk.tv/live/ on how your church may want to connect on the best community-connecting day of the year: Halloween!

Using Halloween to Reach Your Community

Session Description

Whether you’re for it or against it, Halloween is one of the most influential holidays of the year. In the US, only Christmas sees more money spent on decorations and sweets. In this episode, Drs. Kris and Bill explore how to use Halloween’s popularity to reach and touch your community for Jesus Christ.

Disclaimer

We recognize that in some churches and in a number of tribes, the topic of Halloween is at best controversial. We want to acknowledge these churches and their positions. However, a number of other churches have opted to use Halloween as an opportunity to “use” the holiday to reach out to their community in hopes of building relationships that lead to meaningful spiritual conversations. Although some of the following suggestions may be useful to the former churches, a number of them may be specific only to the latter.

Session Outline

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year – and the trends seem to be increasing:

  • 63.8% of Americans celebrate Halloween
  • $5.8 billion was spent for Halloween in 2010
  • $1.63 billion was spent on Halloween decorations, doubled from 2005
  • Adults 25-35 spend on average $60/year
  • According to the National Candy Association, more is spent on candy for Halloween than any other holiday (Easter is second)
  • There were an estimated 41 million trick-or-treaters in 2010
  • However, there are many reports that indicate the number of trick-or-treaters are declining

Churches that want to use the national Halloween celebration to effectively connect with their community have three choices:

  • Provide a trick-or-treating option
  • Provide an alternative to trick-or-treating
  • Provide a combination of the two

. . . more on the website/blog

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