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Fun Fest offers alternative for Halloween

Michelle Balleck

First Christian Church’s yearly Fun Fest is billed by organizers as an upbeat and safe alternative to typical Halloween activities.

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church and is a fundraiser for the Joyful Noisemakers singing group.

“It’s a Halloween alternative,” said Terri Robinson, the group’s secretary and treasurer. “So the kids aren’t out on the streets trick-or-treating and stuff. They could be here in a more safe environment.”

Trick-or-treating is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday so children also can attend Fun Fest afterwards. Costumes are encouraged, and the event is open to the public.

The event is full of games for children. Each game costs three to five tickets, which are 10 cents each.

“They play games and either get candy or prizes,” Robinson said.

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Chili and hot dogs will also be for sale at Fun Fest, and the church’s praise and worship band will perform throughout the event.

Robinson said she thinks the festival has been going on for 10 or 15 years.

The group’s goal is to raise between $1,500 and $2,000 after the organization pays for its expenses for the event, such as the prizes. That’s about the amount of money it has raised in the past at the event.

“Sometimes, it’s a little less,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s a little more.”

Joyful Noisemakers is a singing group for youths in Kindergarten through sixth grade.

It meets Wednesdays and performs a program in the spring.

Robinson got involved with the group when her kids got involved.

“It’s just a great program,” she said. “I just think it’s a great place for the kids to come.”

She said Fun Fest is family entertainment that kids can enjoy in place of or in addition to trick-or-treating.

“The kids love it,” Robinson said. “They love the games and the prizes and the whole atmosphere.”

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or

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