We live in a sheltered little area between two major roads, our own island of suburbia, so to speak. There’s a neighbourhood watch and a playground down the road where parents look out for each others kids. Community is a bit of a deal, which is great, I think this sort of thing has been lost in most areas these days. However, the other day we received in our letter box, a flyer promoting a neighbourhood Halloween thing. It reads:
This coming Friday 31st is Halloween
A few families thought rather than children knocking on every door, we could pre-arrange who was interested in participating and by simply, having something ‘Halloween’ outside, or leaving a porch light on the children would know where to knock.
We believe Halloween is a good excuse for all the children in our 2 little streets to dress up and meet the neighbours in our friendly community. We encourage all our resident families to join in.
I considered not participating at all; handing out gospel tracts instead of sugar; and hooking up the garden hose just inside the front door, choosing the ‘trick’ rather than the ‘treat’ option. Instead, I’ve decided to join in. We’ve bought some funsize bars and mini bags of Pizza Shapes (healthy option) and I found these little pumpkins at Hot Dollar which I’ve put tea lights in, for outside. I might even offer accompanying parents a coffee?
Is this the right choice?
Is God’s kingdom better served by withdrawing from or participating in community activities like this?
Please be praying for us and our neighbours.