ALL HALLOWS EVE PARTY & POT LUCK at Saint Stephen
Saturday, October 27, 2018
5:00 pm -8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Come One, Come All! Bring family & friends to join in our Halloween Fun. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. For the kids there will be Crafts, Trick or Treating, and Carnival Games. There will also be “GHOST” bingo with prizes for all ages.
There will be a Halloween themed pot-luck dinner, so please bring a dish to pass. Have fun, be creative! (We have copies of some great Halloween dish ideas, please see Vicky Hill to get yours.)
As always, all activities are free, but if you would like to help out, we have a list of items that are needed to make this event a success. Please sign up by October 21st so we have enough for all to enjoy. Hope to see you there!"
Another event brought to you by the Fellowship Committee.
Questions? Contact Vicky Hill (who also has copies of some great Halloween dish ideas for the pot luck, if you need some inspiration).
BTW: If you find yourself conflicted as to whether or not a practicing Christian family or individual should observe Halloween, you are far from alone! Questions about Pagan origins, its relationship with All Saints Day, the slide towards progressively darker and scarier themes, the desensitizing "Bloodfest" Halloween Haunted Houses people go to for "fun" shows that there often IS more to it than just "a kid's holiday". Is there a "safe" version for children and another "Enter at your own risk!" version for teens and adults?
What's a concerned parent to do?
Here are links to a couple of readably-short but informative articles.
1. A great article from a Lutheran pastor's blog, delving deeper into history and context:
- Can I, or Should I, Celebrate Halloween?
2. From Higher Things ("Dare to be Lutheran!") Magazine:
- The Gospel of Halloween
3. The long-running "Grace To You" Christian radio broadcast offers the insightful:
- Christians and Halloween
4. From the ELCA's own Living Lutheran magazine, a fluff piece called:
- Halloween: Trick or Treat?