First Baptist Church of Alma is offering an alternative to trick or treating on Halloween with a Fall Festival featuring games, candy and prizes.
Kids will be able to play various games such as Ring Toss or Frisbee Fling for prizes at booths set up inside and outside the church from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, said Misty Sevenstar, an organizer for the event.
Games will be geared toward kids of different ages, preschool to about sixth grade, though everyone is welcome, Sevenstar said. It is free to enter and play games, and candy and free refreshments also will be given out at the event, she said.
"We want to have a fun, safe alternative to trick or treating," Sevenstar said.
A mother of four, Sevenstar was never comfortable with taking her kids door-to-door for Halloween, she said. She called the carnival a "one-stop shop" for parents who find it difficult to get their children in and out of the car all night.
With the event set for mid-evening, those who do want to do other things will still have time before or after, Sevenstar said.
Participants will be able to enjoy hay rides and a costume contest, and everyone is asked to wear a family friendly costume to the church festival, Sevenstar said.
Alma police officers will provide security at the event and help with parking, she said.
Organizers are still looking for area businesses or individuals to sponsor game booths at the festival, and provide candy and prizes for the kids, Sevenstar said.
"We’re just asking everyone in the community just to take responsibility for one booth," Sevenstar said.
People can promote their business at the event by posting a sign at their booth and chatting with those attending, but the church is asking that sponsors refrain from making sales or conducting business during the festival, Sevenstar said.
Sevenstar requests sponsors fill out an information form so that organizers are aware of any needs such as electricity, supplies or location. She also asks that they commit and inform her of their sponsored game as soon as possible to avoid repeats.
Those who would like to help but do not want to sponsor a booth can make donations of candy or cash donations for candy, all tax deductible, Sevenstar said.
Contact Sevenstar at (479) 632-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.