This Halloween costume was his idea. It was the day of Halloween and he still didn’t know if he was going to go. We know what Halloween is about. Then he told me of his idea. My first thought was something that I was to hear repeated several times during the night. “That’s never been done before.” I asked him if he was sure about his decision. He assured me that he was and was even excited about it. He found the water based paint and used it for blood. I helped him construct his object of torture. He ripped his T-shirt, spread the blood on him and wrote in blood on his 8’ tall object of torture, “John 3 16.”
He drug that cross all the way through our neighborhood. It was so awkward for him that he didn’t even get his own Halloween candy. He had a friend go with him who collected for the both of them. We passed by all of the stereotypical Halloween costumes. We saw the devil himself a couple of times, his minions many more. There were some people who just did not know how to react as they were representing the forces of darkness and here comes Jesus marching straight up through the gates of hell. Solomon had the scariest Halloween costume some of them had ever seen! Some of these people literally had the hell scared out of them. You could see it in their eyes.
While nearly everyone was shocked, not all were disheartened. One lady approached me with her child dressed as a soldier and informed me that she was new in the neighborhood. Could she be looking for a church? Others would stop and say, “Amen, brother!” Solomon keeps dragging his cross. “I got another splinter.” You can tell the houses that participate in Trick or Treat by the way they decorate or leave on the porch light. Upon discerning which houses were participating, Solomon would go to the front door. He couldn’t ring the doorbell. His friend, Nick, would do that. As the resident would open the door, the last thing they expected to see on this Halloween night was standing 8’ high to meet them. He would stand the cross straight up announcing in blood “John 3 16” and as the door was opened he would greet, “Treat or trick?”
I tried to stay out of sight, out of mind, in the road because I didn’t want them to think I put him up to this. This was 100-percent Solomon Hood’s idea. At one house was a Halloween party. Someone asked what John 3:16 meant. Solomon quoted the verse for them. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” As we were walking away, I could hear another quoting the verse to the group to show that they knew it as well! They watched the little boy go on down the neighborhood dragging his cross. One man was so excited that he took pictures and hoped Solomon would be there when his kids got home.
Solomon’s mother and sisters stayed home and gave candy to trick-or-treaters. To each child a good-news tract for children was given with the candy. They gave away three packs of tracts! If we know where the world is, why don’t we go? “As the Father has sent Me, so send I you.”(John 20:21) “Let you light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Written By Keith Hood.