Halloween is one of the most active evenings of the year in neighborhood after neighborhood across our nation. What a great opportunity to be a blessing to our neighbors – especially the children! Whether you will be staying home awaiting the costumed trick-or-treaters, taking your own kids around the neighborhood, or heading to a church or community event, here are three very simple ways you can make a real difference and be a blessing in the lives of numerous neighbors this year:
1. Offer a prayer and/or encouraging word for every child who visits your door. Rather than just throwing candy in their bags and scooting them along, take a few moments to find out who they are, offer a word of encouragement, and maybe even say a prayer of blessing over them. Those blessings will far outlast the sugar rush from their evening’s candy haul.
2. Offer a prayer for every home and family you visit while out trick-or-treating. Ask God to genuinely bless each home and family along the way. And tell them you are praying for them. You never know where God may lead such a genuine act of simple kindness.
3. Actively look for ways to help and serve those you encounter throughout your evening. I will never forget seeing my twelve year old son stop to help a girl pick up her spilled bag of candy last year as the rest of the boys laughed and went on down the sidewalk. It only took him a minute, but it was a profound act of compassion.
And, speaking of our own kids, why should we be the only ones looking for opportunities to bless others this Halloween? Encourage your kids, even in the midst of their fun, to look for these same moments to consider and encourage others. Then, at the end of the evening, instead of just showing you their best candy grabs, you can share with one another your favorite moments of neighborly kindness experienced along the way!