This Saturday, Highland is proudly joining in the modern tradition of the Church Fall Festival. You may find the Fall Festival to be an odd custom; after all, it began in many evangelical circles as a cheesy alternative to Halloween. But Fall Festivals have come a long way, and now they're one of the best ways to spend your Halloween. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Bounce-houses and Games
Halloween is all about the candy, and candy + children = hyper kids and tired parents. Here's where your local fall festival can save the day by offering plenty of opportunities for hyped-up kids to work off all that energy. Weary parents can drop their kids off at the bounce house, grab a hot dog, and relax, while their sticky-fingered princesses and superheroes jump and play and squeal to their hearts' delight.
2. Face painting
No costume? No problem! Face painters can transform you into a magical creature -- or just make you look like a Cowboys' superfan.
3. Meeting your neighbors
The usual conditions for trick-or-treating don't leave a lot of time to get to know somebody, but at a church's fall festival, you could have an actual conversation with a grown-up while the little ones are slipping into a candy-coma.
4. The Good Candy
Say goodbye to your smarties and your stale tootsie rolls. We are all about fun-sized snickers and Reese's pumpkins. And I'll let you in on a secret about Highland's fall festival -- if we run out of the good stuff, we happen to be in the middle of a great Trick-or-treating neighborhood where, if you're lucky, you might just find a full-sized candy bar.
5. Creative Costumes
Church Fall Festivals bring out people's costuming creativity because they can't fall back on the crass or inappropriate. Where else will you find somebody dressed up like an apostle or Martin Luther next to your favorite time-traveling Doctor or a member of the Starship Enterprise?
We hope you'll join us this Saturday at 6:00 for our Fall Festival, but if you can't come to Highland's festival, we hope you'll find one of the many fun, similar events hosted by your own neighborhood church. Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!