Reverse Trick or Treat

Many churches throw open their doors at Halloween with fall festivals to attract new people and create a positive impact on their community. Reverse trick or treating takes church members outside the church walls and into your neighborhood.

Almost every household is prepared to receive trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Homeowners sit out with their buckets of candy or leave their front porch lights on as welcome symbols. So, what are we waiting for? This is an open-door opportunity to meet the people who live around your church!

  • Invite church members to participate.
  • Scope out your community
  • Determine how many homes to visit.
  • Ask for volunteers to create small gift bags with several small candy bars, chocolate kisses, or packaged cookies (1 bag per home visit).
  • Meet at a central location.
  • Consider going out as families, letting the children share the treat with the homeowners as you invite them to your church.
  • Assign streets to participants and get going.
  • Leave a cookie bag at each house along with an invitation to your church. Be sure to include a schedule of activities.
  • Look for opportunities for extended conversations.
  • Return to the church and debrief about your experiences.
  • Follow up with interested neighbors.

After you’ve finished this activity around your church, try reverse trick or treating in your own neighborhood. Use it as a way to meet your neighbors in order to open doors for important conversations.


By Janet Erwin

Janet Erwin likes to turn holidays into missions opportunities.

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