"Tricks or Treats: Scare vs Share"
written by Fred Passmore
copyight 2003

Note: Offering an alternative to ignoring Halloween, this skit also makes a great addition to the annual Harvest Festival events at your church. Not endorsing the holiday, but acknowledging it and suggesting that it be used to witness, it can add some seasonal fun to your event and give some ideas at the same time. (Please don't write informing me all about the evils of Halloween, I am well aware of all the arguments. But many churches have Halloween-type events, or alternative events, and this skit is for those comfortable using it.)

Setting: a family's living room on Halloween evening. Some candles may be lit, and a pumpkin may sit by the door on the table where the candy dish is.

Characters: Husband and wife Karen and Howard, elderly next-door neighbor Mrs. Snelling, five or six trick or treating kids in costume, and Stuart, who is a neighbor in costume.

Costumes: As many kids Halloween costumes as you have kids in the skit, plus one scary adult costume for Stuart. Also a fright mask for use by Howard.

Props: big bowl of candy, stack of tracts or booklets. Note: For an extra touch, light a pumpkin-pie scented candle on stage before the skit and let the aroma permeate the area to simulate the smell of the "baking pie" the dialogue refers to.

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