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From 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Road, will host a fall festival which will feature numerous family activities, popcorn, games, food and a trunk or treat. Shown are Rev. Clayton Welch (left) and his wife Danielle.

New Halloween events feature safe, family fun

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Next week at this time the streets of River Falls will be taken over by hordes of children dressed-up in costumes, seeking sugary treats. Before Halloween, two local churches will sponsor new events aimed at young families.

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Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Rd., will be hosting a Fall Festival which will be open to the community.  The event ends at 7 p.m.

Rev. Clayton Welch and his wife Danielle, said that the event will feature a bounce house, face painting, games, prizes and a trunk or treat.

Trunk or treat involves children going from decorated car trunk to decorated car trunk, receiving prizes or candy, similar to going house to house on Oct. 31.

The Welches said there should be more than 26 decorated trunks at the church, including the pastor’s trunk, which will feature information about the church, and a preschool trunk with information about Children of Faith Preschool, the parish’s preschool.

There will also be tours of the church and preschool, as well as a dinner featuring hot dogs, chips, and popcorn.

Danielle said that all activities, including the meal, are free of charge.

There will be religious prizes given out for games such as sack race, Plinko and bean bag toss.

Across town, Luther Memorial Church, 420 S. Fourth St., will be sponsoring a similar event that starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

The event will feature a trunk or treat, bounce houses and local business booths.

Chad Schuermann, director of Christian education, said that kids can get candy by going trunk to trunk -- they have 30 people signed up. He also said that Fourth Street will be closed to vehicle traffic.

There will also be a pizza dinner for $1, in the church. Schuermann said the meal is a good way to “complete the night, since it is during evening hours.”

Two door prizes, a five pound Hershey chocolate bar and a half pound of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, will be given away during the evening. Event goers will fill out a card, and do not need to be present to win.

The event, geared toward 2-10 year olds, is billed as a “safe Halloween alternative.”

While, Schuermann says the church has nothing against Halloween, he feels that this event will help those who have small children that may find it difficult to go trick-or-treating Halloween night.

“This is an opportunity (for kids) to experience Halloween,” he said.

Since the event is geared to the smaller members of the community, Schuermann would like those dressing up to wear “family-friendly” costumes.

He said that the church members providing trunks will be decorating in a non-scary or gory manner.

For more information about Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Rd., visit www.justifiedbyfaith.net. For more information about, Luther Memorial Church, 420 S. Fourth St., visit www.luthermemorial.net.

See the complete article in the Oct. 24 edition of the Journal.

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Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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