Several Columbia County Halloween events and fall festivals provide family fun and allow children to wear their Halloween costumes more than once.
From 5:30 to 8:30 Thursday, Columbia County’s 13th annual Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat will be held at Patriots Park gymnasium. Admission is a canned or non-perishable food item to be donated to Golden Harvest Food Bank.
“The first 400 kids will get a Halloween bag,” county Community Events Specialist Leanne Johnson said.
Nearly 40 vendors will be handing out candy and other treats to costumed children. Free raffle prizes will be given out regularly throughout the evening.
Inflatables for the children and refreshments also will be available.
Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans is holding Pumpkin Palooza, a family fun day in its annual pumpkin patch, on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can enjoy carnival rides and games, inflatables and a trunk-or-treat, said Ellyn Gilbert, church children’s director.
The event is free and open to the public.
“It’s just a community outreach,” Gilbert said. “Come and enjoy our campus, just family fellowship.”
Saturday, head to Harlem for more pumpkin patch fun. The Harlem United Methodist Church is holding a trunk or treat in the field beside the church on West Milledgeville Road. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m., will feature lots of games, inflatables, a cake walk and refreshments, said Debbie Nunley, an event organizer.
“Hay rides, we just have it all,” Nunley said. “Everything is free.”
The folks at Marvin United Methodist Church are adding a little spice to its annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. A chili cook-off is part of the festival at 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the church on the corner of South Belair at Wheeler Road. There is no entry fee, but those bringing a crock pot of chili to enter should arrive by 5:20 p.m., said Richard Albert, the event organizer.
“All the food is free to the guests,” Albert said.
The festival includes chili and ribbons and bragging rights for the cook-off winners, games and prizes and live Christian music. Costumed children can collect candy and goodies during a trunk-or-treat event.
The festival also is a drop-off site for non-perishable food items to be give to the It’s Spooky to Be Hungry food drive for Golden Harvest.