The Alternative October 31st - Streets of Light

The Streets of Light initiative first ran in Sheffield in 2017, and is held every year over the October half term holiday that coincides with Halloween.  This year over 400 houses, shops and churches are taking part!

As Christians we believe that God is good and all good things come from him. However, for many people the week of Halloween is not associated with things that are good - some people in our neighbourhoods are scared to open their doors; shops and homes are decorated with frightening images; and things which are evil are wrongly portrayed as ‘good.’

Jesus came to change and transform society and culture and declared,

‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.’ 

As Christians we are called to be part of Jesus' great transformation plan, to share his light, and to join him in doing good.  We want people to get involved with the Streets of Light Trail to be part of making that change and transformation in our communities - turning streets of darkness and fear into streets of light, love and hope - and asking others to join with us as we do this.

To get involved all you need to do is to decorate one (or more!) windows of your house, flat or workplace, and then leave the lights on or curtains open each evening, so people can see your fantastic displays.

We are asking people to do this from Monday 26th October to Sunday 1st November from about 4.30pm to 9.30pm.

Your design can be anything you like, but please include the words ‘Light,’ ‘Love’ or ‘Hope’ somewhere in it. If you would like some inspiration for your window, do check out some examples from previous years on our website:

Designs can be as elaborate as you like, but they can equally be some strings of fairy lights and a light box!