Monday, October 27, 2008

Needing information

Rather than post comments on a bunch of your blogs, I was hoping to gather all of the information in one place.

I noticed many of you attend churches that hold Fall festivals and I would love to learn more about them. For instance, what all is involved? Is it open to the community or just the church? Does it cost money? Is it successful? Etc...

All of your posts and photos have really made me think that our church needs to hold one of these and I would love your input if you have the time. Thanks!

6 comments:

The McDowells said...

At this church, it was pretty small and could of used some improvements, but the kids still enjoyed it. We had two bounce houses, a few carnival-like booth games, a craft area, and food stations. Also, they did a little parade/announcement of the costumes (which we probably could of done without the annoucment of every single kid). I think it would of been fun to have a Trunk or Treat area and had members decorate their trunks, a do-it-yourself photo area and we could of improved on our advertisting to the community and had better decorations. There was no cost to members or the community. The church we were at last year (if you look at my blog roll, the girl that does the Strawberry Ruckus blog is in charge of it) was much bigger and had a lot more community involvment there. There were tons of games, a room of games just for the little kids, trick-o-treating in the hall of classes, a mad scientist show, a maze area, costume contest, tons of food, photo areas, crafts and many more things. Again, there was no cost to the members or community. Sorry this is long, but I hope it gives you some ideas!

Stacey said...

Hey Melinda, this is a fantastic idea for the church!! I think it would be a big hit!

When we went to Landmark C of C in Alabama, we had one that was really neat. Farmers brought in haybales and so there was a maize. They did "trunk or treat" where everyone who wanted to give out candy lined their cars up and handed it out of their trunk. That part was really fun...All of the cars lined up and all of the kids running from one car to the next. There was a costume contest and I can't remember what they won, but I think it may have been that the church paid their camp tuition...There also was the bounce house and music and lots of food...It was more fellowship than a huge carnival, but it was tons of fun. It brought the community in to get to know our church and was a huge outreach tool. Everybody will come if you say cookout or free food ;).

Melinda said...

Thanks girls! This is exactly the kind of information I am looking for...very useful! I LOVE the idea of the "Trunk or Treating" you both seemed to mention. I have never heard of that but it sounds like fun.

Vanessa said...

Our church also does a "Trunk or Treat". The families dress up their kiddos and decorate their cars according to their theme. They get really creative! Some people just come with pumpkins in their trunk which is fine to. The whole idea is to give kids a safe place to trick or treat and it gives us an opportunity to reach out to the public. We also have our growth and outreach center filled with games (about 10-12) carnival like. They get candy at each game. This year we are trying a "Roadkill Grill" where we are giving away hot dogs and nachos but using roadkill names instead. We have the public register when they come so we are able to ask if they would like more info about the church but we don't bug them about it. We advertise on our marquee, on the radio, and hand fliers out to the elementary schools. I think it would be neat to do something like that in Hinton. It is not much work at all and there is nothing else like that going on in town!

Melinda said...

Vanessa - do you help in planning your church's fall festival? If so I would love to pick your brain more : )

Devin said...

It sounds like you got a lot of input from others, so I don't have much to add. Our church doesn't do the trunk or treat, but my grandma's does and that sounds really fun. At our church, the middle school students put on the carnival. They dress up and run the games. There are tons of carnival games around our gym for the little kids to play. They serve hot dogs and popcorn. It's not really advertised to the public, but a lot of people just invite friends from the community so there is a pretty good showing. It is nice for the kids to get together with their friends from church.