8 Tricks to Being the Best Treat House on Your Street


Halloween has become the second most expensive holiday of the year, with parents spending money on costumes, candy, decorations, parties, and entertainment. What used to be just a night to go out Trick or Treating has now developed into a major cultural celebration.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As followers of Jesus, this gives us a prime opportunity to leverage this day to reach out with God’s love to our neighbors. Here are 8 ideas to help you make your house the “go-to” house on your block.

1. Plan to be at home on October 31st.

Just think, you don’t have to go door-to-door to meet my neighbors. They’re going to come and visit you!

2. Make it clear that Trick-or-Treaters are welcome.

Decorations, from simple to elaborate can help create a fun environment.

3. Have plenty of candy on hand.

If not candy, then an actual treat. Under no circumstances give away hygiene items or just a high-five!

4. Don’t put out a bowl of candy with a “Take One,” sign.

Kids will think this means “Take One Bowl” and your candy will be gone.

5. Make sure it’s the good candy.

We all have our favorites, but Tootsie Rolls and circus peanuts aren’t wanted.

6. Compliment the costumes.

Kids are excited about what they dressed up as. Let them know how great they look.

7. Give away an Invite Card from your church…

along with generous amounts of candy. Be sure to pray for your neighbors and that they will be open to your invitation.

8. PRO TIP: Have a game or an activity for kids.

This will make it even more fun and give you a better chance of getting to know your neighbors.

Cole Phillips

I’m a Connector, linking people with God and with others to experience the kind of life God has planned for them.

I am the founding and Lead Pastor of THE CONNECTION CHURCH in Buda, Texas. I previously served in churches around the state as youth pastor and as pastor before moving to Kyle in the Spring of 2004. I love to lead people to connect with God and those around them and thrive on changed lives. I earned a doctorate in missions and evangelism with an emphasis on church growth. My heart beats for helping people connect with God and connect with others in an authentic community of faith.

I love listening to and making music. I also enjoy hanging out with my family. Pam and I have been married since 1991 and we have two daughters, Makenzie and Bethanie. We are planting our lives in Hays County and allowing God to build a great church through us.