Fun with flair: churches offer fall activities

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Masked volunteers greet a guest disguised as Darth Vader at Brookville Road Community Church’s Harvest Hoedown in 2020. The church’s carnival-style event was converted to a candy ride in 2020 to promote social distancing . Organizers plan to hold this year’s event in the backyard of the church and bring some of the traditional inflatables and games back to Hoedown in recent years.

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HANCOCK COUNTY – From indoor mini golf and barrel train rides to biblically-themed car trunks, local churches offer more than heaps of candy at many of their fall events.

Not that the candy – 600 pounds, as one church shared – is not a welcome part of the youthful festivities.

Here’s what local congregations have planned for this year.

Events are free, unless otherwise specified.

OCT. 23

Fall party5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Greenfield Church of God, 1561 E. Main St., Greenfield; the event includes food, games and more.

Trunk or treat (14th annual), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Westland Friends Church, 2892 S. County Road 700E. The campfire starts at 6.30 p.m. the sleight of hand in the cars begins at 7:30 pm Includes games, costume contest, free food and a wood-fired sausage roast. Information: “Westland Friends Church” on Facebook; westlandfriendschurch.org

OCT. 29

Trunk ‘n Treat, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia campus of Mt. Comfort Church, 2265 WUS 40.

OCT. 30

Treats on Main and CLOSED CCommunity fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street in Fortville, presented by Downtown Merchants and Fortville Area Resource Mission. The event features a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, vintage tractors, hay rides, barrel train rides, and live music. Churches and community organizations will have game and treat kiosks, as well as information about the services they offer and opportunities for volunteering. Information: fortvillearearesourcemission.org, 317-203-9606

Trunk or treat2 pm to 4 pm in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Street, across from Bradley United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St. (indoors in inclement weather). Information: bradleyumc.org, 317-462-2662.

Biné harvestown, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Brookville Road Community Church, 7480 WUS 52, New Palestine. Includes candy giveaways, games, inflatables, costume contest and more. Families should enter through the main entrance to the church, where they will be given a card and directed to the backyard of the church.

Candypalooza, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Realife Church, 971 WUS 40, Greenfield. Children can come to church in disguise, “have fun with their friends and take ALL the candy!” According to the website of the church. Information: realifechurch.org.

Trunk or treat, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wilkinson Church of Christ, 7293 N. State Road 109, Wilkinson. Vehicles in the parking lot will be decorated with biblical themes. Hot chocolate, apple cider, nachos and candy will be available. Information: wccin.org.

Fall Carnival, 4 to 7 p.m. at New Life Church, 501 N. Buck Creek Road, Cumberland. Information: connect2newlife.org.

Trunk and treat5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at New Palestine United Methodist Church, 3565 S. County Road 600W, New Palestine. The church has over 600 pounds of candy to share. Information: npumc.com.

Trunk or treat, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Westleyan Church at Brown’s Chapel. Features candy distributed in trunks, a hay boardwalk, indoor miniature golf course, and grilled hot dogs. Information: brownchapel.com

Trunk or treat, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Fortville, 701 S. Maple St., Fortville. For further information: fortvillenazarene.org, 317-485-6443.

OCT. 31

Candypalooza, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Realife Church, 971 WUS 40, Greenfield. Children can come to church in disguise, “have fun with their friends and take ALL the candy!” According to the website of the church. Information: realifechurch.org.

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gateway Community Church of Fortville, 125 E. Staat St., Fortville.

Halloween candy party, 5 to 7 p.m., Greenfield Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 23 N. East St., Greenfield.

Harvest festival5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Heather Hills Baptist Church, 1421 N. German Church Road, Indianapolis (Cumberland). For further information: heatherhills.org, 317-894-7474

Trunk or treat, 6 to 7 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7879 N. County Road 700W, McCordsville.

Trunk or treat, 6 to 8 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 1450 W. Main St., Greenfield.

Trunk or treat6 p.m. at Living Streams Community Church, 7061 N 700 West, McCordsville. Information: livingstreamscc.org; 317-306-9676.


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