Churches urged to reclaim Halloween for the Gospel

CHURCHES are being urged to reclaim Halloween for the Gospel message. The annual event, which is now the third largest retail event in the calendar, is being promoted by World Vision, who have developed a range of resources based on ‘Patch the Pumpkin’ that are acceptable to churches and will capture the imagination of children.

The international charity originally trialled the resources last year, and the response from churches has encouraged them to develop new resources this year.

Beverley Jarvis-Pearson, campaign lead for World Vision UK said: “Last year we saw over 2,000 churches get involved with the Pumpkin Heroes campaign, and the feedback was incredibly positive.

We understand that Halloween can be a tricky time of year, especially for churches. But we wanted to equip churches with great Bible-based resources that we hope will help them use that time of year to bring hope and light to children in their communities.”

The resource pack includes a Leaders Guide, a fully illustrated story book, a cartoon film – including the voices of Christian authors Adrian & Bridget Plass, a Pumpkin Heroes Hunt including Bible verses and prayers, sing-along worship song and other activities. Each of the resources are available to download for free at

Adrian Plass, best selling author and World Vision ambassador said: “We love Pumpkin Heroes – it is a truly imaginative,entertaining and instructive bundle of resources which we are sure children around the country will enjoy enormously.” But Jarvis-Pearson added that there was another reason behind the campaign.

“The vision is not only to create activities for kids, but to inspire them with the good news of the Christian faith and to introduce them to stories of other children like them living in different parts of the world.”