Halloween Block Party  {Pictures and a Philosophy}

Halloween Block Party {Pictures and a Philosophy}

For the first time in five years, we actually had amazing weather for our Halloween block party.   Every year I waffle on where I stand on this skeleton and ghoul filled holiday, but I think I've finally reached a conclusion. I'm not a fan of scary stuff.  In general. I don't understand the appeal of haunted houses and I certainly don't think sticking graves in your front yard is fun or attractive.  However, I am a big fan of community.   As a stood in my front yard this year, passing out hot … [Read more...]

Fall Party Recruitment Bulletin Boards

Fall Party Recruitment Bulletin Boards

Every year, we host a Halloween Block party in the front yard of one of our church members.  We serve hot chocolate, play some lawn games, and hand out candy bags and invitations to church.  While I do try to talk to as many people as possible to recruit directly, I also find a highly visible bulletin board helps with the recruitment process.  Here's a few quick snapshots of our recruitment board from 2014: Big Picture One each leaf was a specific job and a place for volunteers to sign … [Read more...]

Halloween Block Party Ideas and Games

Halloween Block Party Ideas and Games

The leaves are turning and pumpkins are sprouting up on porches up everyone. Even though I still cannot decide which side of the Halloween fence I fall on, we will continue to throw a Halloween Block Party in order to socialize with the neighbors, show kindness to others, and to invite trick-or-treaters to church.   It's the perfect night to get out in the community and share the love of God! For those of you who have been following along with the 31 Days of Bible-based Crafts series, I … [Read more...]

Halloween Block Party: Getting the Candy Ready!

Halloween Block Party: Getting the Candy Ready!

For the third year in a row, we're taking ministry to the streets during Halloween. We've tried a few different events for the fall season (check them out here) and the block party has come out a clear winner.   This year, we're moving the party to a new house that is closer to the church.  Of course, one of the key elements of a successful party is CANDY!   The week before the party, we spend a little time getting the candy bags ready for the party.  Care to follow along? Getting Started For … [Read more...]

Fall Block Party: Pumpkin Sign Up Sheet

Fall Block Party: Pumpkin Sign Up Sheet

It's that time of year again: Halloween.  Time for churches to decide how they are going to address this controversial holiday.  We've been doing a block party for about 3 years now (read my reasoning here).  This year, we're adding glow-in-the-dark balloons with our church's name imprinted on them, so I'm pretty excited about that (pictures to come!). As with last year, we decided to do our main recruitment with a pumpkin sign-up board.  However, we also included a sign up form in the … [Read more...]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fall! {Halloween and Fall Fun Round-Up}

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fall! {Halloween and Fall Fun Round-Up}

The weather is getting cooler and pumpkins are sprouting up all over the stores.  I have spotted Halloween decorations, fall leaves on wreaths, and apple cider galore.  I thought it was about time to haul out my old Fall and Halloween themed posts from years past to save you the time searching for them! Pumpkin and Pajama Party  This Halloween Alternative combines the unending appeal of wearing pajamas with the seasonal fun of pumpkins.  Click through to find games, snacks, and ideas for … [Read more...]