If you want to make Halloween a little more friendly and less dark, instead of heading to the church carnival and taking the presence of Christ off your street, simply put up chairs in your front yard and take your candy outside. As neighbors pass by with their children trick-or-treating, you can meet them, or engage them in conversation as their children gather candy from near-by homes. We have found this a wonderful way to have a first encounter with new neighbors we haven’t known before and re-engage with others we don’t see very often. By the way, it’s fun!
Let’s face it, you can’t get anything done if you stay in your house and have to keep answering the door-bell anyway. Why not use it as a night out with neighbors! Be sure to bring some extra chairs so neighbors can join you and visit for a while.
For many years I hated Halloween, mostly because as a child it frightened me, and let’s face it, it truly is a sinister holiday. I didn’t want my children to trick-or-treat when they were young, but finally realizing that “This (too) is the day that the Lord has made,” I have decided instead to “be glad and rejoice in it!”
This year let’s reclaim this day the Lord has made by bringing our “lights” out to the street and getting to know our neighbors, discovering their stories and then discerning how we can love them. Start by just taking your candy outside and lingering. You might be surprised how many interesting conversations start.
For about 8 years now, I have put on a pot of chili and taken it out to the street in my crock-pot and shared it with everyone who passed by. People seem to love it.
If you are a little more adventuresome, below you will find a chili recipe I have used. It makes a huge pot and can be doubled and tripled easily if you have lots of traffic on Halloween. Just put it in a crock-pot and take it with you to the street. Don’t forget to buy disposable bowls and spoons. You might want a pitcher of water to serve with it and some cups, especially if you make a really spicy chili!
Try it and let me know how it goes! What a simple way to throw a Halloween party and shed the light of Christ on an otherwise eerie holiday!
Or if you have Halloween traditions in your neighborhood, please share them with me and the others who view this blog. Thanks!
Cook Time: 2 Hours 30 min
2 medium green pepper chopped 2 can (16 oz.) kidney beans
4 medium onions chopped 2 can (8 oz.) tomato sau
1 clove garlic crushed 2 – 4 TBSP Chili powder
2 TBSP vegetable oil 4 tsp. salt
4 lbs. gr. beef/turkey 2 TBSP. flour
4 (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
Brown ground meat, onions, green pepper, garlic sprinkled with 2 TBSP. flour in 2 TBSP. oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until onions are tender.
Stir in tomatoes, beans (w/liquid), tomato sauce, chili powder, and salt. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 2 hours – stirring occasionally. Uncover and simmer for 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally.