There’s scary, and then there’s SCARY. These costume ideas are based on scripture, and while they may or may not frighten children, they ought to put fear in every adult Christian’s heart.
Here we go: (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!)
THE BOAT MISSER
This one’s easy. Just dress like you normally do, but thoroughly douse yourself with water. When people ask, tell them you’re one of the folks who laughed at Noah. Then, tonight, when you can’t sleep, shiver to realize the times you heard a prophet’s warning, thought they were all wet, but it turned out that YOU were.
THE ALIEN, THE WIDOW, AND THE ORPHAN
In the Old Testament, it’s like a refrain. 16 times we are called to care for the alien, the widow, and the orphan. These were the most vulnerable people in society, and that remains quite true today. To dress up like one of these folks, dress like normal, pack a small bag, and shudder to think about life with just about everything you like/love ripped away.
THE RICH YOUNG RULER
All you need for this costume is a robe and a fake bag of money. Who hasn’t heard the story of Jesus telling the bright young man all he needs to do is sell all his possessions and follow him? If you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours trying to decide just how literal Jesus was being. After all, just like the man in this story, I’ve got a frightening amount of stuff I just can’t seem to let go of.
THE WEIGHT LIFTER
Grab a burlap sack. Stencil the word “SIN” on it in big letters. Add some fake sweat and you’re ready to go! Dressing as someone who hasn’t asked Christ to carry their sins will remind you (and others) just how hard life can be without the miracle of faith. (Here’s a chilling thought: How much are you still carrying around?”)
THE WRONG GUY
Two men went up to the temple to pray. And you’re gonna be dressed as the wrong one. Pick out your nicest, most pretentious outfit, lift your eyes to the good Lord in heaven, and add a little swagger to your prayer. Perfect, you’re a pretentious Christian! As you lord your good standing in heaven over all the other trick-or-treaters, be sure to take a good look in the mirror. BOO! God help you if you recognize yourself!
Yep. This last costume actually has a name. Grab a robe, maybe a cape, and a bowl of water and you’re good to go. At every doorbell you can wash your hands of all responsibility for any tricks that might get played. And while you’re at it, take a moment to think of all the times you might have washed your hands instead of standing up for what’s right, stepping out in faith, and doing the hard thing.
There you have it! You’re all set to go door to door, filling your plastic bucket with goodies, but with a purpose! No matter which of these costume ideas you pick, you’re guaranteed a chance to do some soul-searching into the murkiest depths of your faith. It’s true, you might be frightened by some of what you experience, but it’s nothing the Holy Trinity can’t redeem.
Hmm. Kind of like a Three Musketeer’s for the soul.
Have a scary week,