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What's the UMC position on Halloween?

What's the UMC position on Halloween?

Scarecrow atop a pile of pumpkins at Poinciana UMC, Miami Springs
Pumpkin patches like this one at Poinciana UMC, Miami Springs, are a fall mainstay at many Florida Conference churches.
The United Methodist Church does not have an official statement or position regarding Halloween. Church members are free to make their own decisions about participating in Halloween activities.

Many local churches offer safe alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Fall festivals, trunk-or-treat events and pumpkin patch sales can serve as community outreach as well as raise money for missions or youth ministries.

Click here to see Florida Conference churches that have posted seasonal events to the conference website

Others turn the focus to more on giving than receiving. Collecting for UNICEF or giving Fair Trade chocolate are ideas for using the occasion to "treat" or give to others

Click here for more ideas from United Methodist Communications.

(Teaser photo on the Florida Conference Connection home page from Wesley Church, West Melbourne.)