This is NorthPark’s third year hosting the trunk-or-treat carnival event, which is open to the community. Photo courtesy of North Park Community Church
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Residents across Santa Clarita are preparing for Halloween by visiting pumpkin patches and picking out Halloween costumes. Local churches are also prepping for the holiday with special family focused Halloween alternative festivals geared to make the holiday less threatening to many.

Christ Lutheran Church will host their annual Harvest Festival tomorrow, offering a safe environment for families, many of the usual treats, as well as a new trick–a mechanical bull.

Organizers of the event are expecting nearly 200 attendees who will be treated to candy stations, pony rides, a petting zoo, samples of chili from the church’s annual chili cook-off, and rides on the bucking mechanical bull.

“We thought a mechanical bull would be fun and bring the harvest festival connection full circle,” explained Esther Siegen, Director of Children’s Ministries. “That way we can truly offer something for all ages from preschool to moms and dads.”

This year in lieu of trunk-or-treat decorated vehicles, the church will turn their campus into a harvest festival fun land. Candy stations will dot the campus, done in the style of Disneyland. While much of the excitement will happen outdoors, the church will also host a special dance party room. The dance party will feature fun music and an instructor to teach dancers of all ages special dance moves.

“We are sharing God’s love in a fun and exciting way,” said Siegen. “It’s important to outreach in many different ways; those could be fun ways, church ways and sharing with each other in fellowship.”

Christ Lutheran Church’s Harvest Festival is Sat. Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 25816 Tournament Rd., Valencia. Visit clcdcv.org for more information.

An attendee from last year’s Fall Festival at Christ Lutheran eyes the candy and goodies from the trunk-or-treat feature. This year the church is having a mechanical bull instead to tie in with the other features of the fall festival, which includes a petting zoo and pony rides. Photo courtesy of Christ Lutheran Church
An attendee from last year’s Fall Festival at Christ Lutheran eyes the candy and goodies from the trunk-or-treat feature. This year the church is having a mechanical bull instead to tie in with the other features of the fall festival, which includes a petting zoo and pony rides. Photo courtesy of Christ Lutheran Church

Fall Festivals

Newhall Church of the Nazarene hosts their Harvest Festival Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event will feature food from The Taco Guy, a bounce house, dozens of decorated cars at the annual trunk-or-treat, a photo booth, dunk tank, games and raffles.

Admission for their event is $5 per person or $20 for a family of 4 or more people. Newhall Church of the Nazarene is located at 23857 The Old Road. Newhall. For more information visit newnaz.org.

Grace Baptist Church will host their Fall Festival Friday Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature prizes, face painting, special entertainment shows, a chili cook-off, a candy crop feature in lieu of a trunk-or-treat. The church is asking for no scary costumes, as this is a free family friendly event.

Grace Baptist is located at 22833 Copper Hill Dr., Santa Clarita. For more information visit gracebaptist.org.

Halloween alternatives

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church will host their 6th annual trunk-or-treat event Sunday Oct. 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event features dozens of brightly decorated cars decked out with fun decorations.

The event also features free hot dogs, candy and games, offering for a wholesome alternative to scary Halloween events.

Santa Clarita United Methodist is located at 26640 Bouquet Cyn. Rd., Saugus. For more information visit scum.org.

The Church on the Way will host their Halloween alternative event for families on Monday, October 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be a carnival style family friendly time, including carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, games, a live DJ, crafts for children, a rock wall, and food trucks.

The family event, titled Candy Land, is a way for the church to offer a fun and safe Halloween alternative event for families in the area. They also want to provide an outreach to the community while serving others and focusing on God.

The Church on the Way is located at 23415 Cinema Dr., Valencia. For more information visit tcotwsc.org.

North Park Community Church will host their 3rd annual trunk-or-treat event today Friday Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The fun event is free to the community and includes delicious treats for purchase, like Chano’s Tacos and Golden Spoon.

The church will also offer limbo games, preschool themed crafts, more than 30 cars decorated for their trunk-or-treat feature, including some with special games. Each trunk-or-treat vehicle will pass out tons of candy and many feature allergy free treats. Nearly 200 people attended last year for a fun event for the entire community.

“We wanted to have a fun and safe event for kids,” said Cari Byers, Assistant Director of the NorthPark Preschool. “Our whole goal is to celebrate with our community.”

North Park is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Pkwy., Valencia. For more information visit northpark.com.

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  • Randy

    Some of you people are using your Churches for the wrong reasons, is this what Jesus taught us how to use and respect the house of the Lord; absolutely NOT Jesus never told us to use the house of the Lord as a dance hall or to sell merchandise or any thing to that nature, yet; many of these Churches today do exactly what Jesus says not to do: Jesus said MAKE NOT MY FATHERS HOUSE AN HOUSE OF MERCHANDISE; yet a lot of Churches here in the Santa Clarita Valley do exactly that: they don’t follow the teachings of Jesus. Also while I’ am on the subject let point out some thing else that a lot of Churches are teaching their congregation and that is, treat others with as much disrespect as possible because you are better than the next person: is this what Jesus taught and said that is the way to treat others, absolutely NOT; Jesus taught and said just the opposite of that; we read in the book of James where James talks about this as well and tells us the exact same thing that Jesus talks about and taught. We are not by any means better than the next person the word of God tells us to treat each other with respect, and love we are to pray one for another and love one an other even as Christ has /had loved us; so asks yourself three very important questions. Am I better than the next person? Should I treat the other person with respect and offer a kind word? Should I love the other person as Christ loves me? the answer to all three questions is yes: when you come across some one who is hungry and in need of a place to stay at for one night ask yourself what did Jesus do when the multitude of people came to him and they were hungry, did he feed them or did he turn them away; he feed the people; has any one of you did that for a homeless person or did you turn him and her away and said sorry to hear that or there is nothing I can do to help you; by doing that you are not following the example that Jesus showed us to live by, Jesus never disrespected any one not even his disciples. So why are you people and a lot of these Churches want to be so disrespectful to every one including the Homeless people and make rude remarks and comments about them in a public Rest. such as Denny’s Rest. on Soledad Canyon Rd and Crossglade Ave.