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.