Candy Giveaway

Halloween is one of those nights that sets up perfectly to reach your community due to the excitement, plethora of families, and openness of free kindness that exists. Whether you serve your community consistently or If you have been wanting to start Kindness Outreach in your church, Halloween night outreaches are a great way to make a splash, get your feet wet, and create a buzz in your community. Here are 5 great Halloween Outreaches:

1. Glow Necklace/Bracelet Giveaway

For this outreach you just need to find a neighborhood that is extremely popular for kids and families to go trick or treating in. About 30 minutes before sunset, Take about 6 people per team, Grab a few tables, a couple signs that say Free Glow Sticks, a ton of outreach cards, anywhere from 300-2,000 glow sticks, and get ready to be swamped. Kids and families will start flocking to your Free Glow Stick tables. We buy all of the same color glow sticks (bright yellow) and coach our teams to simply say to families, “Would you like a free glow bracelet or free glow necklace”. We have found out that it is cheaper to just buy all glow bracelets and if they want a necklace we just connect two bracelets together to make a glow necklace.

Parents have come up to our teams during the outreaches and thanked us because when it gets dark, the glow necklaces help them keep track of their kids. On other outreaches people have asked our teams if we are the “Free Glow Stick Church”. It can be very easy to reach 1000’s of people in just 2 hours through this outreach and it has become one of the favorites of many churches and a way to identify that your church is committed to serving others in simple, yet practical ways.

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2. Reverse Trick or Treat

A fun way to reach people that are giving out candy on halloween night is to do what we call a Reverse Trick or Treat. The idea is to go to a neighborhood that there are a lot of houses giving out halloween candy, knock on doors, and instead of receiving candy, give something away to the people in the home instead.

We used to go home to home giving out dum dum suckers as our reverse trick or treat; however, we quickly realized that it is better to go door to door with something different than candy since they have an abundance of that. So now we coach teams to go door to door giving away popcorn packets and free red box promo codes glue dotted on the pop corn packets so those that we are serving can get a free red box movie on us. (see pic below.) We coach our teams to thank them for giving out candy to the community and ask if we can say a quick 10 second pray for them. God has allowed our teams to say prayers about everything from lost dogs to cancer right at the door step of the homes of the people we are serving. This outreach is a refreshing twist to trick or treating and is a great way for parents to teach kids about giving rather than receiving.


3. Business Reverse Trick or Treating

There is nothing worse than having to work on Halloween night because you miss out on all the free candy!!! This simple adaption of our reverse trick or treat is a simple and effective way to serve employees of businesses working on halloween night. For this outreach all you need to do is pack some small bags of various candy, insert an outreach card, and go to an area of the city where businesses are still open. We coach our teams to enter businesses and say something like “Hey guys we know it stinks to work on Halloween night, so we wanted to bring you some free candy to show you God’s love in a practical way.” Sometimes if the business is busy we will just go to one person, ask them to get a count of employees and leave that many free bags of candy with them.

Our teams have been able to give out around  a 1000 of these free candy packs very quickly.


4. Halloweenie Outreach

In the buzz and excitement of getting kids out the door and trick or treating, many families forget to eat dinner. This is where we come in. Find someone at your church who lives in a highly trafficked trick or treated neighborhood and send a team to their home with a grill, a couple tables, a few Free hot dog signs, drinks, and a bunch of hot dogs and condiments. As families pass by just simply tell them you are cooking free high quality hot dogs (we get the pure beef Hebrew Nationals) and everyone is welcome to them.

During this outreach our teams often get the comments from moms who tell us they completely forgot about dinner or that they are glad their kids are getting some protein to counteract the sugar coma that is surely to come later that night. Many times people that we are serving stick around so we can connect with them on a deeper level. They almost always ask, “who are you guys!!!”

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5. Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Outreach

This outreach is as simple as going and buying a huge pumpkin, setting it on a table, with a sign that says, Guess The Weight Of The Pumpkin. When kids come up to the table, we give them 3 guesses, tell them higher or lower each time, and if they are within 5 pounds they receive a prize (its a good idea to let every kid win in the end). in the past we gave out free gift cards to everyone that one which can be pretty expensive so just pick a prize that works for both your church and those that you are trying to reach.

This outreach is designed to reach families with kids. Strangely enough, one church that did this now has a family that is in their 60’s without kids that is now connected with the church because of this outreach. They saw what the outreach team was doing, were touched by it, and came to be a part of the church family because of the kindness they were showing others. God’s kindness is contagious and while we serve others it permeates even those standing by and observing. 

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As we reach out on halloween night remember to keep things simple, fun, and creative. Whether you try one of these outreaches or all five, God’s kindness will move through you to reach those you are serving.

Today’s outreach was pretty unique. I think it is neat to get kids involved in sharing their faith so that they will grow up with it just being natural to serve others and to share their faith organically. Steve, the man that mentored me loves getting his church’s kids involved in all of their outreaches. So today we did a kid-friendly outreach and we called it a Reverse Trick or Treat. We had about 250 bags filled with 15-20 dum dum’s and we had teams mixed with adults and kids go door to door and instead of receiving candy we had our kids pass out bags of candy. As the person came to the door we had our kids say “Reverse Trick or Treat” and we had our adults explain that we are doing a reverse trick or treat today to show them God’s love in a practical way. The kids all had a blast and it was a lot of fun seeing kids serve… kids seem to be naturally gifted in reaching people and warming hearts. Rain cut us short again (I swear it only rains in Weatherford when we have an outreach), but for the time we were out and passing out candy it went well.

My favorite story of the day came when I went into a business with my pastors son named Taylor to do the reverse trick or treat. We met a lady and Taylor handed her the bag of dum dum’s and she got a big smile on her face and told us that she had received a Dr. Pepper from us a couple of weekends before and she called us into her office where she had our outreach card that says ” Just for you just because… we hope this small gift brightens your day, there are no strings attached, we just wanted to let you know that God loves you.” You could tell the Dr. Pepper a few weeks ago touched her and now we were reaching her again. I enjoyed this because it just goes to show that we have no idea what a Dr. Pepper or a bag of dum dum’s can do, especially when people are reached two or three times in different ways. Today my group only got to talk to a few people because most people were not home so we just left the bag of dum dums on their door, but even a bag with a card in it telling people that God loves them is more effective than we can imagine when God wants it to be. There are always going to be up’s and down’s of outreaches…today we got rained on, not very many people answered the door, and we only passed out half of what we wanted to… but in my mind this outreach was still a success. We are not concerned about numbers as much as we are concerned about the hearts of those serving and the hearts of those being served. If one person thinks about Christ’s love for them today due to this reverse trick or treat then it is a success. Furthermore, anytime a group of servers of whatever age go out and serve in Christ’s name I believe that they bond and it makes the church congregation that much closer. We have all heard “a family that prays together stays together” well I think” a church that serves together grows together”. Growth being from a spiritual sense, not in attendance of course.

I appreciate all of you that encourage me after reading this blog and again I can say it enough…this blog is to hopefully inspire people to get involved in what we are doing in Weatherford, or to do it themselves where ever you may be. This is not a blog where I  just want people to read and say hmm thats neat. Let’s be practical and go out and serve and use some of these ideas that are presented… or think up some new ideas. I’m always open for new ideas so if you got some send them to me, I would love that. Here is a list of what is coming up and if you want to get plugged in let me know.

Oct 31: College reverse trick or treat (We are going to pass out the candy we did not pass out today on Halloween night with some students from DBU)

Nov 20: Leaf Raking Outreach (As a church we are going to go rake people’s yards to show them God’s love in a practical way)

Dec 17-19: Gift Wrapping Outreach (Our Women’s group will be at best buy doing an hour or two shifts wrapping people’s gift for free)

Dec 24th : Donut Outreach (We will be passing out the famous Krispy Kreme donuts to people having to work on Christmas Eve)

Let me know if you want to come to one of these. We are very kingdom minded so if you want to serve we will get you plugged in.

– Austin Cooper