Hey Friends! Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the last day in my 31 Days of Bible Crafts series. I wanted to post about our annual Fall Block party, but I wanted to wait until I had some good pictures to show you. Of course, I always forget to take pictures while it’s still LIGHT out, but I’ve got a few to share.
Now, I’m not going to give some kind of speech on what Christians should do about Halloween, because frankly, I have no idea. I can’t decide where I stand, but I figured that I could at least be inviting people to church while I figure out my position on the whole matter. Hence, the block party.
Here’s a little glimpse of our rocking the block fun!
This is a sign we put in the garden. We were hoping to hang it to the side of the house so it would be more visible from the street, but alas, it was too windy. In case you can’t see, it’s simply duct taped to a on-its-side table. Real classy.
This sign was in my yard from about 3PM. I laminated the signs and duct taped them to our Story Time sandwich board.
Hot Chocolate anyone? It’s free! And hot!
Hockey Hit Game
Toilet Toss hanging out in the house, waiting for the rain to stop.
Toilet Toss: In Action (Prize bucket is full of glow sticks)
Lily pad leap, waiting for the rain to stop
Lily Pad Leap in Action (full tutorial on how to make it coming soon)
Candy! Get your candy!
Things to Remember:
- It will rain. No matter what. This is our third party and it has always rained. Just plan on it. Make water-proof games and signs (more on that later) and borrow lots of tents.
- It will get dark. No matter what. The sun always seems to set and I always seem to forget about that little detail. Thankfully, we’ve got some great team members who DO think about these things. They remembered to borrow some lights and got them all set up as the sun began to go down. Having your yard all lit up really draws some attention too. 🙂
- Put an invitation to your church in your candy bag and make sure you have some terrific candy. This year, we had four pieces of chocolate and four non-chocolate per bag (thanks to everyone who donated!!). Makes it worth the stop.
- Put your candy table NEAR the street. At first we put the candy table near the house, away from the street a bit in order to get people to come up into the party scene. However, it mostly intimidated people and caused them to skip over the party all together. We moved the table down the driveway and people responded much better.
- Make sure you have prizes at your games. We gave away glow-sticks and kids really seemed to like that. Tiny toys might work too.