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Halloween fun for all ages

Churches around the SCV offer Halloween alternative for families and kids of all ages

Posted: October 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Linda Cavatail of Valencia directs some of the hundreds of costumed children that attended the Trunk-Or-Treat fall festival at Valencia United Methodist Church in 2011.

 

With Halloween less than a week away, families search for safe alternatives to local trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Fortunately, many churches in Santa Clarita have long standing traditions of offering fun, safe, family oriented Halloween events which appeal to people of all ages.

Newhall Church of the Nazarene is hosting an annual Trunk or Treat event Wednesday, Oct. 30. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature carnival games, a bounce house and other fun activities.

Families are welcomed to stay for Trunk or Treat from 7:30 to 8 p.m., where children can trick-or-treat at more than 70 different decorated cars. The format offers families a safe environment to trick-or-treat.

“It’s not just kids who have a good time,” said Kathy Cannon, Family Life pastor. “Adults have so much fun too. It really ends up being an event for everyone.”

St. Clare’s Catholic Church also hosts an annual Trunk or Treat event on Halloween Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community is invited to trick-or-treat for candy at the decorated vehicles. Hot cocoa and hot dogs will also be for sale.

The annual events open to the community offer children and adults an opportunity to have a fun, safe trick-or-treating experience without the uncertainty of going house to house.

For more information visit www.newnaz.org or www.st-clare.org.

A Medieval Halloween

Real Life Church hosts the largest family Halloween event in the Santa Clarita Valley, and each year the event gets bigger and better.

This year the church is hosting “Halloween at the Castle,” a medieval times themed family event. Each year, the event grows in popularity attracting more attendees. Organizers expect more than 10,000 people this year.

“We wanted to create a fun, safe environment that will attract people who may not be interested in church,” said Mark Mears, Director of Communications for Real Life Church. “We want to reach out to the community, participate in the lives of people, and demonstrate that we are more than a church that meets on weekends.”

Attractions will include live knights jousting on top of charging steeds, daring aerial acrobatic acts, knight training, an archery skills test and a vast Trunk or Treat event featuring more than 100 decorated cars.

The event will be held today from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Valencia campus of Real Life Church. Due to the size of the event only handicap parking will be available at the church.

Two off site parking areas have been set up at the Valencia Town Center Mall and the Mann Biomedical Park on

Kelly Johnson Parkway, with shuttles taking attendees to and from the event every 15 minutes.

For more information visit www.reallifechurch.org/Halloween.

Trunk or Treat Traditions

Both Santa Clarita United Methodist Church and Valencia United Methodist Church are hosting Trunk or Treat events this year; however Grace Baptist’s annual Halloween event has been canceled due to construction at the church campus.

Santa Clarita United Methodist will host their Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Members who have decorated their cars will pass out candy to costumed children. Free hot dogs will also be offered at the event.

Valencia United Methodist will host their Trunk or Treat event Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature decorated vehicles, trick-or treating and fun carnival style games.

For more information visit www.scumc.org or www.umcv.org.

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