Outreach Event Ideas, Serving Events

Trick or Treat Blessing


Each year, we begin by asking our church members to donate bags of individually wrapped candies around the beginning of October. At a meeting before Halloween, we divide the candy into goodie bags and print a Scripture passage on them. Then on Halloween night, we meet at the church in our costumes (nothing too scary) and proceed to a local hospital to pass out candy to the kids (and adults) who spend Halloween in the hospital. As we leave each child’s or adult’s room, we offer to pray for them.

We started out just visiting the kids, but quickly realized that while the adults may or may not want candy, it puts big smiles on their faces to see all the costumes and to receive prayer. We usually follow up our hospital visits with a lock-in event full of games, fun, and praise so that we can share our stories about the evening.

NOTE: Make sure you get the hospital’s permission before attempting this just so they know and are OK with the idea.

Idea by Tracy B.


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. Javan
    April 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am truly excited about this website. The ideas shared are really a huge help. God Bless this Ministry

    May 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

    i love jesus.

  3. Natalie
    September 5, 2012 at 12:00 am
  4. Kyle Smith
    June 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I’m stealing this idea! Instead of just receiving and getting, we can be giving to others and blessing people on Halloween.

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