Sunday, November 1, 2009

No Tricks, Just Treats

There are a lot of different opinions about celebrating Halloween.

Recently, I was having lunch with a group of young children. One young boy turned to me matter-of-factly.

"If you go trick-or-treating, you are worshiping the devil," he coolly informed me.

Hey man, don't be afraid to tell it like it is or anything.

As for us, we have been all over the board on Halloween celebrations, and have gone trick or treating in past years.

This year, we have been praying through various cultures of the world with a wonderful book and it has been very eye-opening to learn about how many belief systems are based on fear. Since we have been set free from fear through Christ, we saw no reason to celebrate fear this year.

So we celebrated the treasures (or treats) that belong to those who are children of God.

Armed with flashlights and ready for adventure, our kids made their way through a darkened house to discover a treasure chest in the kitchen

They opened it to find jeweled papers with verses about the treats enjoyed by children of God:

Attached to each "treasure" was a map or riddle to solve for the location of a bag of treats to enjoy.

It was a night of mystery and adventure, with flashlights bobbing wildly around the house, squeals of delight, and maybe just a little (okay a lot) too much sugar. And overheard was the exclamation that, "I never knew Halloween could be this much fun!"

"The thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy, but I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full." -Jesus Christ


debby94 said...

Yay you're back! What a GREAT idea Angie! I love this & may have to use it next year!! I love the look on Joshua's face when they are looking in the treasure box. So cute!!

stephanie said...

can you please spell this out step by step for me? as usual, i intend to copy you completely.

everything in life, i've learned from my big sister.

JB said...

I LOVE it!! I'm SO doing this next year. Thanks!