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Local churches celebrate fall with family fun
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Family friendly Halloween costumes and treats can be found at area churches. Others have announced fall festivals.
The lawn at Great Bend’s First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., is filled with pumpkins of all sizes. It’s a great place to select a future jack-o’-lantern and take a family photo. Proceeds from sales are used for the church’s children’s ministries, including Vacation Bible School.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sale will continue through Oct. 31.
• First Christian Church members will also be handing out candy at a Trunk or Treat this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Also taking place Saturday is the Medieval Fall Festival, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 1122 Stone St. Chuck Marshall, a minister at the church, said this is their third annual fall festival, each with a different theme. There will be castle and dragon decorations, along with a 5-foot catapult that Marshall was working on Thursday.
“Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes,” Marshall said, describing the festival as family oriented. There will be carnival-style games that children from toddler age up to 12 years old will enjoy. They can win tickets for prizes. There will also be bounce houses and a king’s throne where children can have their picture taken.
• Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., will hold its Fall Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be hayrides, costume contests, and trunk or treat time. Members will be serving soup. Everything is free and the community is invited.
A freewill offering will go to Central Kansas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
• The 2014 Judgement House walk-through drama, “Abduction,” opens Friday night at First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend. Hours will be 6-10 Friday, Oct. 24; 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. A $3 donation is requested. Walk-ins are welcome, but groups can call 620-793-6139 for reservations.
• Holy Name Catholic Church will hold its Fall Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Bushton Community Center. There will be a roast beef dinner with salad bar and pie, plus raffle, bingo, cake wheel and children’s games.

More next week
More fall church events will take place next week. These include Mike Westerman making an appearance as Edgar Allan Poe to present “The Raven” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. Admission is free.
Members of First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., will decorate their car trunks and hand out candy on Oct. 31 for Trunk or Treat. Treats will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Forest Ave. in front of the church, located at Forest and Stone.
First Church of the Nazarene will follow up Judgement House with a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat from  5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Sponsors said they’ll offer a safe and fun Halloween experience with family friendly costumes, games, candy, photos and a bounce house.