As Christians we often struggle with this time of the year. Some celebrate the U.S. version of Halloween while others feel convicted to not partake in any form. However, no matter how you feel about Halloween there are still plenty of options available for getting together in October and even in November. Here are a few ideas that not only won’t break the bank, but are easy to organize.
Chili or Soup Night-have each person bring a variety of chili or a soup for sampling. If you have a few that don’t cook ask them to bring cheese, sour cream, corn chips, etc. This makes it easier on you and them. Make sure that you have plenty of counter space, bowls, and spoons for this. If doing samples small cups may be a better option. You can even come up with a fun prize for the best chili or provide the chili yourself and have others bring sides and desserts.
Pumpkin Carving/Decorating-invite people over that are wanting to carve or decorate a pumpkin or even make some sort of centerpiece. There are endless options for this, ask each person to bring a pumpkin and something to decorate with such as paint, decals, glitter, etc. While the decorating is going on roast pumpkin seeds for a snack after the clean up is over.
Show a Classic Movie-this could range from Charlie Brown to Vincent Price depending on who is invited. Have each person bring a snack or make up some of your own. My favorite treat when I was a kid was a mixture of popcorn, candy corn, raisins, nuts, and M&M’s. Or purchase a variety of candy bars and have people chose what they want. No matter what, popcorn is a must!
Treat Exchange-who says that you can only do a cookie exchange in December? Grab a group of friends and invite them to bring some of their favorite fall treats and exchange them. You can even make a large batch of snack mix together. Make sure that everyone brings a container and you may want to have some extra on hand just in case. Set a theme for the treats for an extra unique experience such as pumpkin spice, spooky, apple, or fall fest.
These are just a few ideas to get you started on your way to celebrating during the fall season. Any of these would also be great for an invite opportunity. Inviting someone to church is good, inviting someone into your life is great!