As always, Reformation Day coincides with Halloween. But as our Catholic brothers and sisters know, Christian celebrations and leftover paganism work together quite well.
Here are some thoughts on how to wed Halloween and Reformation Day.
1. Instead of playing Ring-and-Run, try Nail-and-Run.
You remember the old ring-and-run trick: sneak up to someone’s doorstep, ring her doorbell, run, hide, and watch the hapless lady of the house come to the door and look around.
To celebrate Reformation Day, take a page from Martin Luther.
Instead of ringing the doorbell and running away, nail some profound thoughts to the door and then run away.
2. Give Reese’s Theses to trick-or-treaters.
Using your home printer and PhotoShop, recreate the Reese’s Pieces bag as Reese’s Theses.
Now open a few bags of Reese’s Pieces. Count out 95 candies and insert them in a Reese’s Theses bag. Seal and set by the front door.
Image how cool it will be if someone comes to the door dressed like the Pope.
3. This year, try the un-costume
As many Protestants believe today, robes and mantels and cassocks are all Romish trappings.
Roman Catholic priests wear these offensive costumes of robes as a statement against justification by faith.
There is only one fully adequate, completely satisfactory act of defiance in the face of these vestments.
You guessed it. You must dis-robe. You can’t be justified by boxers — or briefs.
4. Instead of handing out evangelistic tracts, preach sound theology.
When you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, tell them, “This is an example of unmerited favor.”
Happy Reformation Day! Happy Halloween!