What are you doing for Halloween?
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

What are you doing for Halloween?

South Charlotte Baptist Church hosts a fall festival every year on Halloween evening to provide an alternative to trick-or-treating.

Looking for an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating?

Plenty of local organizations will be hosting events Oct. 31.

South Charlotte Baptist Church’s annual Community Fall Festival regularly draws several hundred people to its scare- and gore-free event. For more than 10 years, the church has celebrated Halloween with old-fashioned carnival games and candy.

“The church is seeking to provide a wholesome environment,” said Joseph Campbell, pastor of South Charlotte Baptist.

Festival-goers are encouraged to leave the scary and immodest costumes and masks at home.

The festival, games and food are free, and guests, who are required to register, receive a neon bracelet to wear during the event.

Church volunteers keep a lookout for people not wearing bracelets and ask them to register.

There will be 30-50 volunteers serving during the two-hour event, which this year will include a 70-foot-long inflatable obstacle course ending in a 19-foot slide, Campbell said.

The festival also will include cotton candy, hot dogs, a penny pitch and other traditional games. All children will receive candy.

Campbell said parents often thank the church after the event for providing a safe alternative to trick-or-treating on dark neighborhood streets.

The Community Fall Festival is open to anyone in the community, and it will take place in the church parking lot and inside the church fellowship hall.

South Charlotte Baptist Church is at 12416 Lancaster Highway in Pineville. The fall festival will be 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

For more information about the church, visit http://southcharlottebaptist.org or call 704-542-5536.

Here are some other Halloween happenings:

• Carolina Place Mall’s Treat-O-Ween will include trick-or-treating at stores throughout the mall, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 31. At the mall’s Center Court, kids can enjoy the Monstober Halloween Dance Party, Halloween crafts and prizes.

• If you procrastinated on buying a pumpkin or are looking for a fun photo opportunity for costumed little ones, Harrison Church’s pumpkin patch is open daily through 1-7 p.m. Oct. 31. The church is at 15008 Lancaster Highway in Pineville. For more information, visit http://harrisonchurch.org.

• For a good old-fashioned scare, catch the last night of Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14’s Retro Horror Series, which will show “Halloween” at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oct. 31. Tickets are $5.

“Halloween,” was released in 1978, stars Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie theater is at 9110 Kings Parade Blvd. in Charlotte.

More information is available at www.ayrsleycinemas.com.

Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at martymetzl@gmail.com.

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