Three Columbia County churches are holding fall celebrations in advance of Halloween.
Abilene Baptist Church is holding its first fall festival 5-7 p.m. today at the church on Washington Road in Martinez. Activities include inflatables, games, music and food. Family-friendly costumes are preferred.
The Sanctuary, on Cox Road in Evans, is holding a Family Fest and Pumpkin Patch Show 5:30-8:30 Wednesday.
Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with $3 hot dog dinner plates. At 6:45 p.m. the Pumpkin Patch Show begins with the Blackout Puppet Team and Music & Motions.
The outdoor party, which includes inflatables, trunk-or-treating, face-painting, balloon art and cotton candy, starts at 7:15 p.m.
Trick-or-treaters also are welcome at Marvin United Methodist Church’s annual Trunk or Treat and chili cook-off on Wednesday. The free event is 6-8 p.m. at the church on Wheeler Road at South Belair Road in Martinez.
Anyone can enter the cook-off by bringing a pot of chili, which will be given away. Judges will vote on the winner.