Outreach Event Ideas, Serving Events

Backwards Halloween


This is a great idea to use with your ministry group, if you want to provide a wonderful way for them to meet and bless their community.

Instruct all of your youth to bring a bag of candy to the night you normally meet on (at least two to three weeks BEFORE Halloween). When you have collected enough candy, have the students divide the candy up and place an assortment of all of the different candies into zip lock bags. The 1 gallon size bag works best. (Make sure that you have them bring individually wrapped snack candy).

Then put your students into groups of 4-6, with at least one adult in each group. Make sure each group has at least 5-7 bags of candy. Send your teams into different neighborhoods surrounding your church and have the kids deliver the candy to each house.

Have the students introduce the church they are from and then thank the house for all of the years that they have given candy during Halloween. Then, offer them your bag of candy as a gift BACK to them. Be sure to end the conversation by offering to pray for any of their needs. If they don’t want you to pray, wish them well and let them know that your church always has an open door for them.

Remember to have the kids dress appropriately. Also, have them bring a flashlight as it gets dark earlier during October.

Be safe and DO NOT send any groups off by themselves! God’s Peace!

Idea by Chris


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. John Pryor
    September 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

    We do something very similar, but we give away light bulbs and 9 volt batteries, both of which often get switched out at this time of year.

  2. Candy Van Norman
    July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I like this Idea. to many kids today wonder what they are going to get at Halloween. we need to teach our children to have the servant’s heart. To treat people how Jesus did.

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