Local Churches Offer Trunk Or Treat And Harvest Festivals During Halloween Week

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - by Ruth Robinson
Trunk or Treat, the church’s Harvest Festival alternate to traditional Halloween, will be offered at a number of local churches during the Halloween week. A partial list includes:

A Harvest Fest at Church of the Highlands, 6620 Hunter Road, Harrison, will be Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. We will have hay rides, horse rides, games, and, a helicopter will drop candy from the sky. We'll also have some TVs set-up to watch the Tennessee vs. Alabama football game. Have your kids wear their favorite costumes and enjoy this Harvest Fest with others in our community.


Trunk or treat at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 North Moore Road, will be Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 7:30. We invite the community to join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship, which will include bounce houses, face painting, food and treats, and a prize for the best Trunk or Treat decor. Children under 12 may come dressed in creative costumes..

The Fall Festival at Signal Crest United Methodist Church, 1001 Ridgeway Drive, Signal Mountain, will be Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. following dinner and help raise fund for youth. Enjoy crafts, games and trick or treating. Church appropriate costumes welcome. The cost will be $3 for children with a family maximum of $10.

A community family fall festival will be held at Brainerd Presbyterian Church, 1624 Jenkins Road, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program will include prizes, inflatables, games, candy and free hot dogs and candy cotton. Children, fifth grade and under, are invited to wear non-scary costumes.

The Fall Festival at Brainerd Hills Baptist Church, 6611 East Brainerd Road, will be Sunday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church parking lot. Open to the public, events will include the Candy Trail, games, food, a petting zoo, pony rides and inflatables.

East Brainerd Church of Christ, 7745 East Brainerd Road, will have a Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 27. We will have inflatables, petting zoo and food starting at 4:30 and going through 6:00 p.m. At 6 p.m. we will start Trunk or Treat . Hope to see you there!!!!

A fall festival will be held at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 410 McCallie Ave., Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oak Street Center. There will be a Chili Cook-off, a Blue Ribbon Dessert contest and a parade of funny costumes, along with crafts and inflatables for children and youth. A chili supper will be served at 5 p.m. Sign up for the chili and dessert contests at www.firstcentenary.com.

A family scarecrow design contest will be held at Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike. Use your imagination and create a fun scarecrow. All scarecrows will be used as decoration at this year's Community Fall Festival Oct. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. Entries will be on display in the Narthex until the weekend of the Festival. The prize winner will win 'The Great Pumpkin." All entries must be submitted in the narthex for judging by noon Sunday, Oct. 27. For more information, contact the church office at church@burks.org or 423-842-4219. The fall festival will include free food, live music, vendor and craft booths, a chili cook-off and Blue Ribbon Dessert contest, inflatable games for children and youth, a costume parade and children’s games.

Trunk Or Treat will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, with the theme of Super Heroes of the Bible. Fun and food will include a cake walk, costume strut, petting zoo, balloon artist, Queen Ester Crown craft, face painting and a trunk tour at 6 p.m.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 211 Franklin Road, Lookout Mountain, will have a Halloween Bingo Night Sunday, Oct. 27, in Talbird Hall to benefit the youth program. Come in costume, all ages, for fun, fellowship, dinner, Bingo and prizes. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. with chili and cornbread for $5 per person and Bingo at 7 p.m. with cards $5 per person There will also be Trick or Treating for canned goods.

Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Blvd., will have Trunk or Treat Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. with candy, games and inflatables.

Trunk Or Treat at Red Bank United Methodist Church will be Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The program will include treats, inflatables, snow cones cotton candy and face painting.

Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road, will be celebrating Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, with a huge festival, starting at 5 p.m. with a chili, hot dogs and all the trimmings, and ice cream dinner – no charge. During and after dinner, groups and families will go on Indiana Jones-style scavenger hunts for treats and prizes. Then we will see a phenomenal illusionist do things you will not believe. This is the night before Halloween, so kids young and not so young are invited to wear their costumes. The fun will go from 5-7 p.m. Come join us and bring someone with you!

A Fall Festival will be held at First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave., Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition to Trunk or Treat, there will be hot dogs, chili cook off, popcorn, cookie bake off, face painting, games, photo booth and "slime a minister."

A Trunk or Treat alternate to Halloween will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dress up and set a theme.

A Fall Festival will be at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave., in the BX from 6 to 8 p.m. with inflatables outside on the soccer field for older kids and inside in the gym for preschoolers, also face painting, balloon animals and Trunk or Treat.

Pumpkin Patch 2013, a communuity outreach festival, will be at Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road, Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. Bring a friend and wear a non-scary costume, enjoy free popcorn, cotton candy, soft drinks, inflatables, games, balloons and candy. Check out the Family Expo and explore all the festival has to offer. The children’s choirs will sing on the Pumpkin Patch Stage at 3:30.

Tyner United Methodist Church, 6805 Standifer Gap Road, will have Trunk or Treat Wednesday, Oct. 30,, from 6 to 8 p.m. with hot dogs, inflatables, photo booth, games, candy, face painting and balloon artist. Dress up and enjoy the festival.

The first annual Spirits in the Garden fall festival and fundraiser will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., Saturday, Oct. 26. We are going to block off the upper parking lot, set a wine bar up in the pavilion, insert a bonfire in the parking lot, and let EYC conduct The Haunted Courtyard. We'll also have a S'mores station, 3 costumed story-telling stations (ghost stories, of course, all set near Grace), a hot dog bar, other beverages, and light appetizers for non-hot-doggers. Tickets will be $25 per adult, which allows 3 glasses of wine and all food offered, and $5 for children 12 and under (which allows hotdogs but no wine). 

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Taft Highway (US 127), Signal Mountain, will have a Trunk or Treat fall festival Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with chili, hotdogs, cotton candy, a carved pumpkin contest and giant inflatable bounce house.

A fall festival with Truck or Treat will be held at Bayside Baptist Church, 6100 Highway 58, Harrison, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kid’s Harvest Fun is planned at First Baptist Lakeview, 10 Hudson St., Rossville, Sunday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with hayrides, candy, bean bag toss, face painting, football throw and miniature golf. There will also be a chili cook-off. Adult and children are urged to wear costumes, but stay away from scary ones.

A Chickamauga Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood St., Chickamauga, Ga. There will be food, inflatables, music, booths, games, crafts and a car and motorcycle show.

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, will have Trunk or Treat Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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