Celebrate treats without frights

Halloween isn't all ghosts and goblins. There are several ways to celebrate the season at churches this year.


Several will offer up their parking lots for Trunk or Treat, creating a safe, scary-costume-free zone for trick-or-treating. Some host special harvest revivals and services, while others go all out with fall festivals.

Try one of these events for an alternative Halloween focusing on faith and family.


Presbyterian churches in the area have teamed up for a missions festival from Oct. 23 to 25.

The missions committees of Reid Memorial, Belle Terrace, Covenant, Fairview and St. Andrew have come together to provide a central location where various agencies can present opportunities to serve to the public.

Several vendors will be on hand, including: the Coalition for Appalachian Ministry, which sells handmade items from low-income crafters throughout the Appalachian region; SERRV, a nonprofit focused on eradicating poverty throughout the world by providing artisans and farmers opportunities to sell their crafts and foods; and Women's Bean Project, an organization that helps unemployed and impoverished women by training them in the gourmet food business. A light lunch will be served for $3.

Collection barrels will be set up for donations to Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Admission is free. The festival runs from 9 to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way. Call (706) 733-2275.


FALL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25; Genesis Church, 326 N. Belair Road, Evans; inflatables, pony rides, food; (706) 922-5786.

PUMPKIN PATCH: 1 to 8 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, except 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road. Proceeds benefit local and international ministries. School and preschool groups welcome by appointment for 10:30-to-noon story time. (706) 863-0510.

PUMPKINS WITH A PURPOSE: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, through Oct. 31; Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans. Pumpkins, mums, pansies are available for purchase; the sale benefits villages in Honduras and Navajo reservation in Farmington, N.M. A children's pumpkin festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31. (706) 869-0888.

KOSTUME KARAOKE: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30, Vineyard Community Church, 3126 Parrish Road; fun, not scary, costumes welcome; (706) 863-9766.

FALL REVIVAL: 7 p.m. Oct. 21 to 23 nightly; Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1237 Summer St.; (706) 722-8586.

HARVEST FEST: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24; Bernie Ward Community Center, 1925 Lumpkin Road; sponsored by Spirit Creek Baptist Church where the Rev. Glasper Nero is pastor; food, music and a health fair; (706) 798-0765.

TRUNK OR TREAT FALL FESTIVAL: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31; First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; free glow necklaces, carnival games, and inflatables. Hot dogs, drinks and cotton candy for 50 cents each, and hamburgers and funnel cakes for $1. (706) 733-2236.

FALL FESTIVAL: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31; Whispering Pines Baptist Church, 4573 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah; food, games and fun costumes; (706) 592-4862.

TRUNK N TREAT: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31; Pine View Baptist Church, 119 Pleasant Home Road; free food, games and prizes; (706) 922-5786.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1, First Baptist Church, 1640 Gene Howard Road, Stapleton, Ga., with the Rev. Willie L. Jones. Dinner will be served. (706) 547-4087.

FALL FESTIVAL: 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1, Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road; free food, games, inflatables and a hayride; (706) 798-1454.

ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1; First Baptist Church of Stapleton, 1640 Gene Howard Road, Stapleton, Ga.; (706) 547-4087.

ADD YOUR OWN. List fall church events at augustachronicle.com/religion.


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