Halloween is just around the corner and households across America will be stocking up on sweets to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
For Christians who are torn between partaking in a holiday some affiliate with the occult and locking their doors to mostly innocent children, one ministry is encouraging believers to not skip out on the festivities but to stock up on treats that will feed souls rather than stomachs.
"Children show up at your doorstep every year in October, dressed like ghosts and goblins roaming your neighborhood in search of treats. This year when they come knocking, consider giving them something 'extra' that will go beyond their 'physical' cravings for chocolate and processed sugar," says evangelist Tim Todd, president of Revival Fires Ministry.
One such "extra" is the "Hairy Polarity" comic book – a 32-page, full color comic book exposing the dangers of sorcery and witchcraft in a way that is very easy for young people to understand.
The comic book, says Todd, is "an attractive tract that will satisfy their 'spiritual' hunger for the one true God that has demonstrated his love for them in the person of his Son, Jesus."
And Halloween provides a perfect opportunity to give children what they need, and not just what they think they want.
"After all," Todd points out, "they're coming right to your door. And with a supply of Hairy Polarity and the Sinister Sorcery Satire on hand, sharing Jesus with the trick-or-treaters has never been easier."
While Todd addresses sorcery and witchcraft in the new resource and reveals the very real dangers contained within the real-life Harry Potter series, the evangelist also incorporates the plan of salvation into the creatively crafted fictional story line, according to Revival Fires.
Todd is encouraging parents and leaders to obtain quantities of the Hairy Polarity comic book before Oct. 31 and distribute them to trick-or-treaters on Halloween as an informative resource.
"Help get the truth about sorcery and witchcraft, according to the Word of God, into the hands of young people and adults this Halloween," Todd says.
While the cost of each comic book ranges from $1 to $2.95, depending on the quantity purchased, there are also other ministries that offer similar resources at lower costs, including the International Bible Society, which has Halloween leaflets available for $0.10 to $0.14 each in cases of 200 or packs of 20, respectively.
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person is expected to spend $20.39 on Halloween candy this year.
"This Halloween take the opportunity to give each child a leaflet explaining who Jesus is, and how they can accept Jesus into their lives," encourages IBSDirect, a ministry of International Bible Society.
Other ministries advocating outreach around Halloween time include Dare 2 Share and American Tract Society, among a number of others.
On the Web:
The first seven pages of "Hairy Polarity and the Sinister Sorcery Satire" at www.thetruthforyouth.com/special/hp.htm
IBSDirect Halloween Leaflets at www.ibsdirect.com
Halloween Holiday Ministry Resources at www.mintools.com