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Old 08-12-2004, 06:23 AM
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Any ideas for a fall festival? Our church wants to have one on Halloween night. Serve cocoa and have games to the kids who are trick or treaking...... I did think about popcorn in baggies for a snack....
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:09 AM
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Hi there Bluebird

Our church does a Harvest Festival every year and the kids love it!

I will try and remember as many things as I can.

First the kids DO get to dress up but the theme has been previously set up. This last year it was children from around the world so we dressed up as the nationality of our choice.

The year before that it was Bible characters ie David and Goliath, Sampson, Noah, Moses, Disciples etc. My ds came as the little boy who brought the loaves and fishes.

The year before that it was professions such as doctors, farmers etc.

There are prizes for costumes although each child eventually recieves some token award as to not feel left out.

There are lots of games for kids such as a miniature golf course, plastic horse shoes, a maze made out of huge refridgerator boxes, a coloring contest, bob for apples, darts (the velcro kind) etc.

This is always done on our regular Wed. night church meeting and the Pastor always includes a message. Everyone has a great time. If I remember any more I'll post again! Good Luck!

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Old 08-14-2004, 07:56 PM
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Here are more ideas......


Celebrate Fall
Have a fall festival for all ages with pumpkin carving, caramel apples, apple cider, painted gourds, and scarecrow making. It can include games like potato sack races, three-legged relays, or even a hay ride. Use Scripture passages about seasons and passages such as Ecclesiastes 3, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. . . .” Fall favors like pumpkin cookies, cider, and handmade greeting cards can be made and delivered to nearby care facilities by teams of children and adults. You can take photos of the people you visit and display those photos in the church for the rest of the autumn season.

No-Fear Costume Party
Almost every time an angel appears in Scripture, the words “Be not afraid” are spoken. Go ahead and have a Halloween costume party, but make it a fear-free party. Invite participants to come in costumes that celebrate beauty, joy, and calmness. Use Scripture passages that challenge fear such as Matt. 8:23–27, “. . . ’Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’. . . “ Talk with the children about the historical roots of Halloween in primitive ceremonies centering on fear of the winter season and of death. Reassure the children that God is in charge of the seasons and that Jesus has overcome death. If you have a costume contest, be sure to give everyone an award. Make the event a safe haven for trick-or-treaters and give out candy at different locations throughout the church building.

Halloween Hospitality
If your church is in a neighborhood that attracts a lot of trick-or-treaters, consider opening your doors to children and parents to come by for a free meal during the evening. Invite them to stay at the church and play games or just eat and run.

A Youth-Sponsored Carnival for Children
If you’ve got a youth group looking for a mission trip fund raiser, invite them to sponsor a fall carnival. They could create carnival games with biblical themes. An example is a Jonah Toss, which involves tossing a little Jonah doll into a hole cut in the belly of a wooden whale. The meal for the carnival could be as easy as hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings. Donations could be taken for the youth mission trip.

Parking Lot Trick-or-Treating
If your climate allows it, consider a church parking lot party. Invite members to decorate their cars and have children trick-or-treat to each car for candy. If you add a meal and games, you can use this approach inside the church building.

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Old 08-14-2004, 08:35 PM
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Carnival Themes seem to be popular. You can have them indoors or outdoors too.


Some easy ideas:


Fishing Pond for the little ones : small plastic pool, fish cut from fun foam and attach a magnet to one side of it. On the other side of the fish, write a number. The kids will "fish" using a long stick with string attached as the fishing line and a magnet at the end of it. Float the fish magnet side up and let each child catcha a fish!

For prizes, Use the numbers 1-5 on the fish Number 5 bags 1-5. In each bag have an small prizes such as #1 bag has candy bars, #2 bag had mini coloring books, #3 bag has drink boxes......keep in mind the gifts have to be safe for the little ones to play with.


Treasure Hunt

Basketball shoot

Bean bag Toss

Arts and Crafts Booth

Cookie Decoration Stand : provide sugar cookies, frosting, different kinds of sprinkles, napkins and plastic knives.

Kids LOVE doing this!!
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We usually have each SS class sponsor a game. They provide the prizes for each game and we offer refreshments.

This year, I want to do a few different things such as setting up a fall scene in the corner and taking pictures of the kids in their costumes. We would then deliver the pictures to the families at a later date. Right beside the picture scene we will have an area where children can make their own picture frame.

Also, we're going to have pony rides in the parking lot and (possibly) get one of those moonwalk rides, the big blow up trampoline that every child everywhere loves.

Our youth will do face painting, have a blacklight maze with fridge boxes, and (hopefully) blacklight bowling or spider web maze, something like that.

We're going to offer hot cider for the adults and apple juice for the kids.

Since Halloween is on Sunday this year, we're going to have the event from 3-5 that day.

I am also interested in any additional ideas you ladies may have.
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We attended an area church’s FALL FROLIC in our area and it was a blast!

It doubled as a neighborhood outreach so this is how it went

The church had volunteers on hand to sign folks in. Although the event was free, this is how they kept order while also getting a head count and addresses for follow up!
The Youth Praise and Worship team played, there were door prizes (you were entered with the ticket that held your name and address), free hot dogs and drink (free hot cocoa and coffee for folks as well) , each family was able to get a free bag of popcorn.
There was a face painting station, a ring toss over soda bottles, and so on. I can’t recall the other games off of the top of my head but there was also a moon bounce for the lil’guys. We are hoping to attend again this year unless it is on the same night as our own church.

Our church has a BARN BLAST but we missed last year because we joined our church last November.

Our previous church (we were members 13 years!) also had a FALL FROLIC at a church family’s home. It was great! Although it was for the church family and not an outreach project ANYONE was welcome!
We had so much fun! There was ALWAYS a bon fire. Most of the older folks sat around the fire and watched the kids be silly! There was always hot dogs and apple cider, coffee and hot cocoa. Some families brought food to share and all of the families were asked to donate a bag of candy for the piñata! Usually by beloved hubby was in charge of it. There were sack races, toilet paper wrapping relays, doughnuts hung on the clothes line with a string and there was a race to finish with NO HANDS! Also a pie eating contest! We always had a good time and our kids never missed not celebrating Halloween!

Hope this helps!
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A lot of the churches around have festivals on that night because of it being a rural area the kids don't get to do much trick or treating. So they have a candy walk and encourage non violent and non scary costumes for both adults and children. They have a costume contest with trophies awarded to different categories ( ages 0 to 3, 4 to 7, 8 to 12, and adult). After that a band plays while the kids are having their faces painted, watch a firetruck demostration and participate in other activities. Then about 8:30 pm they have hay rides and the candy walk for children 12 and younger takes place till about 10 pm. On the candy walk they stop at various stations to play games and receive candy. Everyone that comes is asked to bring at least one bag of candy.
Depending on what day they actually have it I know some churches have started early on a Saturday and for the older children they have a Booball Softball Tournament. Everything is done in reverse (run from third base first, bat opposite hand, when umpire says out, the runner is safe, etc.) They have concessions while this is going on.
They also encourage businesses or other churches interested in setting up a booth or table toamke a game and give candy to the children and they can advertise free.
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My church has done everything from a regular costume party inside to "trunk or treat" parties in the parking lot with lots of activities. A popular idea that they also have done is a hayride to a churchmembers farm with a bonfire for hotdogs and roasted marshmallows. This isn't just for kids. Whole familys come and enjoy.
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