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Trunk-or-treat events feature themed cars and fun activities.
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Costumed trick-or-treaters get treats from a Buzz Lightyear Volkswagen at the Enjoy Church event last year.
With the late fall season right around the corner, the region is gearing up to bring safe and family-friendly activities to the community.
Local churches will host events offering treats and activities targeted for elementary school children and their families.
Enjoy Church, 3303 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton, will hold a trunk-or-treat event from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Church members will hand out treats to children from the trunks of cars decorated for the season. There will be costume awards as well as a live disc jockey and dancing.
Stacey Rorey, children’s ministry director, says this is the event’s fourth year and it has been extremely popular.
“We started the event to add fun activities that appealed to children,” she says. “We expected 500 people the first year and got 1,500. Last year, about 2,000 people came.”
United Presbyterian Church of Wood River, 2550 Rock Hill Road, will hold its Fall Festival from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Free food, live entertainment and games will be included.
Karen Wilson, chairperson of the Mission and Outreach Committee for the church, says they just want people to have fun.
“The community has received this event very well,” she says. “We put it on so we can serve the local area.”
Greater Alton Church in Rosewood Heights hosts Treats From The Trunk from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The event includes themed stations, games, decorations and refreshments and has been popular for years.
“It’s a carnival atmosphere,” says Mike Kiffmeyer, church administrator and preacher. “Last year we had about 2,000 people attend.”
Other church-sponsored events include movies and festival activities in additional to traditional treats.
Abundant Life Church, 781 N. Ninth St. in Wood River, will host a Fall Festival and Movie Night on Saturday, Oct. 29. Activities such as face painting and games will begin at 6 p.m. The movie “Big Hero 6” will be shown outside at 7 p.m. Families can watch from their cars or bring lawn chairs. The church also will be providing chairs. There will be free concessions during the movie.
Vaughn Hill Church of Christ, 662 S. Bellwood Drive in East Alton, has two upcoming events. A movie night will start at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Free popcorn, drinks and candy will be available. They also will host a trunk-or-treat event from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Hot dogs, drinks and candy will be provided.
Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St. in Alton, will hold a trunk-or-treat event from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Games and other activities will be available in addition to treats for children and families.
The events are open to the public and are a way for families to enjoy fun and fellowship in a safe, family-friendly environment. In addition, no Halloween season would be complete without neighborhood trick-or-treating. Local municipalities are designating specific nights and times for children 13 and younger to participate in their neighborhoods:
- Alton: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30
- Bethalto: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31
- East Alton: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31
- Godfrey: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31
- Roxana: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31
- Wood River: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30-31
Families are reminded children should trick-or-treat only at houses that have porch lights turned on during the designated nights.