Halloween has become one of the biggest holidays in America. Regardless of how you feel about the origins of Halloween, it’s possible to use the holiday to encourage community-building and outreach. More and more small groups are seeing the holiday as a catalyst for relationships. Here are three ideas your group could use this Halloween to grow closer together as a group and serve your community:
1. Get involved in your church’s Halloween activities.
Lots of churches have started hosting fall parties and trunk-or-treat events that are open to the community. If your church has already planned something, it’s a great opportunity for your small group to support it together. For instance, your group might do a car for trunk-or-treat together. Divvy up the jobs—buying candy, decorating the car, creating an activity or game, etc.—and get to work. One church I know throws an annual Halloween party for the local transitional living center. The kids get to pick out a costume from a pile of donated costumes, and they get to keep it so they can wear it to their school parties and not feel left out. As you serve together, you’ll have fun and deepen your relationships. Plus, you’re helping your church’s event be successful.
2. Throw a party to celebrate fall.
Have group members invite friends and neighbors to a fun-filled party. You can even get the kids involved! Carve or decorate pumpkins, serve apple cider and pumpkin cookies, make a fire for s’mores, or even have a costume contest. This is a great way to introduce people to your small group in a fun, non-threatening environment. Plus, you’ll naturally build relationships with your group members.
3. Make the most of trick-or-treating.
When I asked group leaders what their groups do for Halloween, many shared some form of trick-or-treating fun. One leader shared that their group members set up in the front yard and grill hotdogs for adults as they accompany their kids around the neighborhood. Another group sits around a fire pit in the front yard and serves warm drinks to adults passing by. As a bonus, your group members get to spend time together, and the kids can trick-or-treat together.
Don’t miss our other ideas on enjoying fall with your small group.
—Amy Jackson is associate publisher of SmallGroups.com.