November 1, 2007

How to Have a Successul Alternative to Halloween

I know there is a lot of different opinions about churches having alternatives to Halloween. The problem is that most churches don't know how to do it right.

BUT, not to brag, our church does it right...

Just for the record, I put a picture of me and my pastor together on the ferris wheel. I am the ninja assassin!

Here is how to have a great alternative to Halloween

First, invest more than 15 years in FREE, loving, accepting outreach to lost and broken people.

Second, invite the entire city with about 10,000 invitations (and 15 years of history).

Third, have over 5,000 unchurched people attend (we have more unchurched people at our outreach events than most people can reach in their neighborhoods), and give them more than 3,000 hot dogs, 1 ton of candy, and enough soda and water to float a small army.

Third, don't give candy to kids out of the trunk of your car...give it to them by the barrel-fulls.

Finally, have a 50 foot tall ferris wheel!

If you want to see some more pictures of our event check out this link.


  1. This sounds great. I think an equally valid alternative is to encourage people to stay home and show hospitality to their neighbors who are trick or treating. I mean it's the only day of the year where you're neighborhood comes to you! Be home and show Christian hospitality. But man--I have to say as Halloween alternatives go--you guys did it right!

  2. P.S. I don't think you can overemphasize the importance of a church ministering to a community on a consistent basis for years. Most evangelical churches don't get that. They been holed up in their subculture so long and ignoring their neighbors, and then they wonder why the neighborhood doesn't flock to them when they finally do open their doors for an "outreach" event (I know preaching to the choir). It is a great thing that your church has that many years of ministry and credibility within the community.

  3. When we moved here for me to work with the Vineyard, my wife had to look for work. She was interviewing across town, and was asked "Why did you move from KC to Dayton?" She told her (now) boss that we moved back so I could work at the Vineyard. She said, "OH! The Vineyard! They do such great things for the community." You can buy that kind of advertisement anywhere.

  4. That is some sweet stuff man. I love the ferris wheel, and yeah, that would be how you do an event.

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  5. Cool,

    Glad to see it back up. It has a retro feel with all the "light" rays and stuff.