More churches and community groups are joining in to make celebrating Halloween safe and fun. Trunk or Treats, Hallelujah Nights and Fall Festivals, offering safe family fun (and easy treat gathering for the kids) were abundant this year in Northeast Wichita.

The grandfather of the Trunk or Treat celebrations was held at Atwater Neighborhood Center, with organizations in the community coming together to make this event a big success. We also found Trunk or Treats sponsored by Saint Mark UMC, Holy Savior Catholic Church, Greater Mizpah Baptist Church, and St. Matthew CME.

Inside celebrations like the popular Hallelujah Night sponsored by Tabernacle Bible Church, resembled an old fashioned “Fun Night” with ring tosses, cake walks, fishing tanks, and face painting. Free treats included ice cream, snow cones, popcorn, and nachos. St. Mark COGIC’s Fall Festival, was similar in nature and size, attracting nearly 500 participants. Dellrose UMC also held an inside festival.

Not to be out done, the lights were on at Dunbar Theater, with goblins handing out candy packs that included a promotion of the theater’s Festival planned for June 17, 2017. What a way to give back and market at the same time.

We’re sure we missed some celebrations, but the good news is, the children (and the adults) had a good time and everyone arrived home safely. Thanks to all for giving back.

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