Halloween Outreach meeting
Did you know that Halloween is the festival when the largest amount of candy is sold? It is second only to Christmas in total commercial sales. Ok, I know within the Christian realm it is not the most popular, but we are wanting to reach out to a non-Christian world. So here is one idea to help you reach your campus.
Suggested Flow of the Meeting:
Make sure you include the date, time, place as well as directions. Attached is an example that you can fill in with your information.
At the bottom put: Dont come as you are, wear a mask! Prizes for the best disguised. And food too! (P.S. You can ask local vendors for prize donations.)
This is considered a mixer, a game aimed at people getting to know each other and talking to new folks. On white printer labels write the names of famous masked characters or monsters such as:
Write a name on each label. As people enter the room, put the label in the middle of their back (without showing them). Tell them that it is their job to figure out who they are by asking a series of yes/no questions. Each question must be asked of a different person. The game is over when everyone figures out who they are.
Music always helps create atmosphere, so you could go with the theme and play soundtracks to Zorro or Phantom of the Opera, or just pick some upbeat music that you can talk over.
Trick or Treat relay:
Get two teams of six up front. Have each team pair up and sit on the floor in a row. You can introduce the game by saying: Remember what you used to say when you went up to a door on Halloween? Pause for audience participation. Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. Well, thats what this relay is all about.
One person of each pair then takes off their shoes and gets candy put in front of them. Try using miniature candy bars or any kind of chewy candy. The object of the game is for the first person to unwrap the candy with his toes and hands behind the back, then feed it to the next person with his feet. The person eating must chew and swallow the candy before they can tag the next pair on their team to go. The first team to finish wins. Often a great prize is to give them the rest of the bag of candy.
After the game, quickly move to a short talk that includes the gospel. Hint: Most students wont want to sit still for more than 15 minutes. So heres one you can adapt:
Need: Three or four masks each from very different genres. Ex. Monster, princess, cowboy, oriental
Hold up each mask or put on. Have the audience say the first things that come to mind.
Then ask questions like: What kind of feeling do you have when you see this character?
If this was a real person how would you expect them to act?
Usually we dont associate a cowboy with being tenderhearted and someone who likes to hug everyone. Nor do we think of a princess as being someone who loves nature and works in her garden. These kind of things often take us by surprise because we have certain roles that we put together with certain looks. What are some roles that people take on at your school? (ex. Jocks, brain, party crowd, Goths, hippie, marching band). What do people typically associate with these roles?
People disguise themselves more often than just Halloween. Often there are non-physical masks we hide behind on a daily basis. Sometimes it is a title or a role, other times it is when we put on a smiling face rather than letting people know how we really feel. We hide who we really are as a person, because were afraid that people wont like us. You might be hiding behind a mask if:
You crack a joke when you feel uncomfortable or are in new situations. You volunteer to help people with their homework so they will like you. You wear loose baggy clothes at home and never comb your hair, but when you go to school everything matches and looks perfect. You are scared to death to speak in front of a crowd, so you get laryngitis at the last minute and cant give your speech. Your coach yells at you every practice but you pretend you dont care. You're dumped by the girl you like and you tell your friends that youre really interested in someone else. You dress to turn every guys head, but what you really want is for your parents to pay more attention to you than to their work.
So why do we mask our true selves?
For me at times it is because Im afraid people wont like who I really am. The mask can act like a shield so that if people reject the image I am projecting it doesnt hurt as much because its not really who I am.
At other times I might put on my mask because Im really hurting or struggling with a certain situation and I dont want others to see my weakness. Or maybe Im having a horrible day and I hate to cry in front of people, so I put on a plastic smile instead.
There are a couple of things to think about when you realize you are masking your true identity. First, no one is perfect. I know this isnt a shock to you, but as you look at other people it is good to remind yourself that even though they may seem to have it all together, they have struggles and imperfections too. And for those of us who might be perfectionist, it is good to stop and remind ourselves that no matter how hard we try, our looks and our performance are not going to always turn out the way we want.
So practice being real. It is not a sign of weakness to share with safe others how you may be struggling. Its OK to be choosy who we tell; the person who is the biggest gossip in school may not be a good person to start sharing with. The people that you can be honest with are most likely to become your long-term friends.
The place I find the courage to be my true self is from my relationship with God. The more I get to know how much He loves me and accepts me just as I am, the more freedom I experience to be real with others. IF you would like to begin that kind of relationship with Him, you just need to know four things:
First God, the Creator of the Universe, loves you and desires to have a relationship with you. Second, We are all separated from Him because of sin. Sin is anytime we go our own way and against Gods ways. Third, Jesus Christ came to pay for our sins with his death on the cross. He said that He is the only way to God. Its not enough to know the first three things I shared, but we each must make a decision in our heart to receive Christs payment for our sin and invite Him into our life to be in charge. If this is a relationship you would like to begin and you are ready to ask Christ into your life, you can express this to Him by prayer, simply talking to God. (At this point you can have everyone close their eyes, or keep them open, have them repeat out loud or silently.)
Jesus, I want to have a relationship with you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I need your love and forgiveness, so I open the door of my heart to you and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the person you want me to be.
(Quickly pass out pencils and comment cards.
These cards are for me to find out what you thought about tonight and also for you to vote on the best disguised. (Spot three preliminary people you cannot recognize) On the card write your name, address and phone. Put your e-mail if you have it. Then at the bottom write the Best thing about tonight. (give them about two minutes) We are going to collect these cards for the special prize drawing tonight. (Hold up a bag of candy)
(Collect the cards. Have the three masked people come up to the front.) Who do you think is the best disguised? (Vote and the winner gets another prize candy or choice of the masks you used for the talk.) Thanks for coming tonight. And you might want to take your masks off before you check out the food in the back!