Halloween is around the corner, and there are several family events planned to celebrate it.
First Baptist Church of Evans will offer "trunk-or-treating" from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church at Belair and Washington roads. The event offers a safe place for children to trick-or-treat, said Michelle Daniels, the church secretary. Families are welcome to attend the free event or participate by opening their candy-filled trunks for others.
"If you would like to participate, you're welcome to," Daniels said. "Normally, it is the church members. They just open up their trunks and have the community come in and just fellowship with us."
Children can test out their costumes at the Columbia County-sponsored Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat event Oct. 28.
Area businesses will provide candy from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for children trick-or-treating inside the Patriots Park gym.
"Usually have anywhere from 1,500 (children) show up," said Stacie Adkins, community events manager.
Admission is a can of nonperishable food per child, to be donated to Columbia County Cares food bank.
Families are invited to bring their pumpkins to Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive Park to decorate at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29. No carving is involved. The event also includes stories and a night walk to learn more about the myths of Halloween creatures.
The cost is $3 per child and registration is required. For information or to register, call (706) 210-4027.
Harlem United Methodist Church is holding Trunks of Treats on Oct. 30. The event, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the field next to the church on West Milledgeville Road, is free.
"The whole community is welcome," said Debbie Nunley, the church secretary.
The event includes after-dark hayrides to the city cemetery, children's inflatables, games and activities.
Trunk-or-treating also will be available. Those interested can decorate their trunks and fill them with candy. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated trunks, Nunley said.
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