One of my greatest desires for our children is that they are others-focused. Not that I have in any way mastered this, but together, I want us to love to give and to do so with cheerful hearts.
Halloween, like other holidays for children, is a lot about receiving, of getting something from someone else. We have always participated in this receiving, but one year, with my husband out of town and not wanting to tackle trick-or-treating alone with all 3 kiddos, I decided we would stay in and give out for a change.
I didn’t want to just hand out candy, though. Somehow I wanted to be able to share the love of Christ with those coming to our door step. What an opportunity, right!? I found and printed off some cute Halloween-themed wallet sized cards with a bible verse on them and let the kids help me laminate and cut them out (so fun for the kids!).
“…make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5
The evening of Halloween rolled around and we were so excited. Costumes were on, we had a bucket of candy and a bucket of verse cards, we were ready! When the princesses, superheroes and other cute (and some scary!) characters came up to our porch to trick-or-treat, my children handed them candy and a verse card and told them “Jesus loves you!” It was really a precious sight. Thanks to a friend, my older kids were even able to go to a few houses and trick-or-treat.
That night, as so many people came to our house and we handed out candy and verse cards, my heart was full. It even made me wish we did something like it for Christmas and Easter and not just Halloween- but that’s dreaming really big, isn’t it!? It also made me realize we can take anything and turn it into a way to share hope with others.
“…it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Since that particular Halloween, we have enjoyed continuing this tradition and have designed some verse cards with some of our favorite verses. If you would like to do more than just hand out candy this Halloween, a simple “Jesus loves you” is easy and great, or you can click here to download the Halloween verse cards we designed in PDF.
As I type this, my children are happily (for now ha!) cutting and laminating our batch of cards. They don’t have to be laminated and would work just fine without the lamination, we just kind of love and enjoy using our laminating machine. You can also right click and save the individual images below and print at Walgreens or Walmart for more professional and evenly cut cards (wink-wink).
Happy Halloween giving, friends!