No matter how we feel about Halloween, it is a great night we can connect with our neighbors. What other day do we go knocking door-to-door without any awkwardness? What other day are most of the neighbors and their children running around the block at the same time?

Rather than focusing on the creatures and characters of Halloween, let’s focus on how we can love our neighbors this Halloween.

Here are some tips to get you started.

Participate in a local Trunk or Treat.

During this festive season, there are a lot of events happening in our community, including trunk or treats. Oftentimes, these are free events for families to enjoy together, but to make these events happen for the community, volunteers are always needed.

Trunk or Treat in Plano

If you are in the Plano community, Chase Oaks Church Legacy Campus is hosting their second annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 26, from 6:00-8:00 PM. It is a free family-friendly event open to the community. They have space for a lot of trunks and treats.

So, if you are looking to make a difference in the community and love our neighbors this Halloween, you can sign up to bring the trunks and treats to make Trunk or Treat happen for our community.

Trunk or Treat in Richardson

In the Richardson community, Chase Oaks Church Richardson Campus is having their first ever Trunk or Treat! On Wednesday, October 30, from 6:45-8:15 PM, there will be fun games, friendly faces, and family-friendly costumes. This is a free event open to the community.

If you are looking for an awesome opportunity to serve together and love our surrounding community in a super fun, family-friendly way, you can sign up to bring the trunks and treats to make Trunk or Treat happen.

Support the Teal Pumpkin Project.

We all hear about the dangers of food allergies on social media and the news, but we don’t always think about food allergies and sensitivities when we are getting ready for Halloween.

Food allergies can prevent some parents from taking their children trick-or-treating for fear of a piece of candy slipping into their bag that can cause a severe (and sometimes fatal) reaction. Some medical conditions can cause children to be sensitive to foods as well.

So, we can do something simple to love our neighbors this Halloween. We can support the Teal Pumpkin Project and make Halloween fun and safer for all the children and teenagers in our neighborhood.

The Teal Pumpkin Project’s mission is to raise awareness of food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters.

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other medical conditions.

Rather than grabbing the large bags of candy at the store, grab some party favors, small coloring books, or stickers. This can help brighten a child’s night!

Treat teenagers with the same respect as children.

When teenagers come to your door, refrain from saying, “Aren’t you too old to be trick-or-treating?” Because if teenagers are not out trick-or-treating, there are plenty of other places they could be getting into trouble on Halloween.

Every holiday brings opportunities for teenagers to get into trouble—whether it is attending the wrong party or causing mischief in your neighborhood (like scaring your children while they are trick-or-treating).

Simply hand teenagers their candy or let them grab a handful for their bag. Or maybe buy some full-sized candy bars to give them. Tell them to have a safe night and they can even come back for leftover candy at the end of the night.

The important part is to make them feel welcome because Halloween is not just for children. There are plenty of teens and adults that love this holiday, too!

Give trick-or-treaters a special treat on-the-go.

It can be hard to connect with our neighbors on Halloween when you have to take your own children trick-or-treating. Most of us stick a large bowl on our well-lit porch with a sign that reads, “Take one, please.” But we all know that by the third or fourth group of trick-or-treaters, the bowl is already empty.

Rather than leaving a bowl on your porch, take a bowl of treats with you. Fill it with candy, glow sticks, or small containers of slime. Just make sure you have treats that all children can enjoy in your neighborhood. While you are taking your own child trick-or-treating, pass out treats to the children (and teenagers) running around the block. This might surprise some parents and give you an opportunity to meet a new neighbor.

Open your home to your neighbors.

If you are going to be at home handing out candy, open your home to your neighbors. I know this might require a lot of work (and some spring cleaning in the fall), but opening our homes can be a great way to love our neighbors this Halloween.

Perhaps, in a front room or entry way, you can have a decorated table with a bowl full of treats and some hot chocolate with marshmallows for the parents and the trick-or-treaters. Maybe, you could have bottled waters with a fun label that wishes your neighbors a happy Halloween!

For the Halloween-lovers, have a fun craft at a table in the dining room or kitchen for children to do. The craft can be decorating small pumpkins or making toilet paper bats. For craft ideas, check out Four Fun Fall Crafts for Your Family. Just have the supplies and templates ready to go! While the children are doing their crafts, you can talk to their parents and get to know them.

Host a Halloween block party.

Get outside and throw a party for your neighbors!

Hosting a Halloween block party can be a lot of work, but it can also be an unexpected way we can love our neighbors this Halloween. The party does not have to be some elaborate Pinterest-worthy Halloween party. It just needs to have a few games and refreshments to keep everyone busy. Just for fun, wear some family-friendly costumes to attract your neighbors.

If hosting a Halloween block party sounds daunting, Chase Oaks can help make it happen. At Chase Oaks, you can rent a block party trailer for free. All you have to do is sign up to reserve a time slot and pick up the trailer.

The trailer contains the essentials to host a block party. There are pop-up canopies, tables, coolers, and games. The games include cornhole, Jenga, ladder golf, and washers.

All you have to do is purchase refreshments and buy a few spooktacular decorations for the tables. And you have a pop-up Halloween block party ready to go!

To reserve the Chase Oaks Block Party Trailer, contact Rosey Perez at .

No matter how you love your neighbors this Halloween, it will be unexpected! It will create a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home. And you never know which neighbor might come back for more visits.

For other ideas of how we can love our neighbors this Halloween, read Halloween: A Time to Be a Good Neighbor. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to make a difference in your neighborhood!