This is taken from a post of a few years ago, and you won’t be able to do all of it this year. But I still wanted to post these ideas for you to ponder now (whether you’re reading this on Halloween or not) and then apply today, next week, or next year.
I do recognize that October 31st is “celebrated” differently campus-to-campus, and many schools may not see much activity when it comes to this weekend or the night of Halloween. But other schools see quite a bit – it’s the moment when everybody drinks, perhaps, or when the costumes come out (and not unto holiness), or when debauchery is otherwise at its worst. And since this year’s Halloween falls on a Friday (and next year’s falls on a Saturday), any of that effect will be multiplied for awhile.
So my Fridea and encouragement this week is to consider Halloween as an opportunity for either vision-casting or direct ministry. Discern what works best for your campus, and plan accordingly. Some ideas:
- View what takes place, like a missionary would / should. Drive through the University District / row of bars / wherever. Let it break your heart. Let it open your eyes and your students’ eyes. Let God use what’s actually happening – not just what you assume is – to provide ministry ideas.
- Serve students. Like Spring Break mission trips or finals week, your campus might respond well to free midnight pancakes, hotdogs on the strip, or van rides. Yes, you’ll need to work through what’s best (and what might only encourage more problems), but it’s worth considering how you can serve – and build relational bridges to – students.
- Teach. The issues raised by Halloween – and not just the occult issues, though those are real, too – are worth discipling about, right? Why shouldn’ta girl “dress to impress”? Why wouldn’t a college student drink to excess?What’s so wrong with a night or weekend of debauchery? How can we serve our peers when they’re wrapped up in these things? Have you taught even your Christian students this stuff – which is directly applicable to their lives both now and in the future?
- Think long and hard about how you can best serve, impact, and encounter your campus at the Halloweens to come. In fact, there may even be some ways the school itself could use some help with various problems that arise at Halloween – have you asked?
- Pray. Pray as you view – with your students, or otherwise. This might be a night for all-night prayer, or it might be something you intercede about regularly, leading up to next year’s Halloween.