As Halloween approaches at the end of October, fall festivals and related events are being announced all around the parish.
Winnfield. The first holiday appearance will be Judgement House, the biannual event at Winnfield First Baptist with a theme this time of “Deadly Encounter.” Performances will be Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday nights beginning Sunday, Oct. 15 and concluding Sunday, October 29. Due to the nature of the performance, Judgement House is not recommended for children younger than 10. Children 10 and older must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations for Judgement House may be obtained by contacting the church office as 318-628-3544 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon on Fridays. A $2 per person donation is suggested.
Calvin. Calvin will have a double treat in October with their Fall Fest at CHS on Friday, Oct. 20, then a Trunk or Treat next to Calvin Baptist Church the following Friday, Oct. 27. The CHS Halloween event on Oct. 20 includes a Trunk or Treat in the student parking lot from 6-8 p.m. The overall festival sponsored by the PTO runs from 6-9 p.m. It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for school activities. With an old time carnival atmosphere with strings of lights up around the area, it features traditional games like a dunking booth, haunted house and popular Bingo with big, big prizes. There will be food and fun for all ages.
Calvin. Then a week later, Oct. 27, Bethlehem Baptist and Calvin Baptist churches will combine resources to put on a Trunk or Treat next to Calvin BC. Time will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Atlanta. There will be a familiar Fall Festival at Atlanta Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 22. Since the school is now closed, Pastor Chad James emphasizes that the doors are open to the entire community, as is always their tradition. Time for the festival will be 5 p.m. until 7.
Dodson. Fall Festival Activity shifts to Dodson on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Dodson High School, where family-friendly activities will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Listed by organizers are Bingo, flossy cotton candy, a petting zoo, haunted house, cake walk, games, dunking booth, silent auction plus lots of food and more. Tickets are available for purchase.
Featured also will be a costume contest that will begin at 6 p.m. Their age groups will be Pre-K through Grade 2; Grades 3 through 5; and Grades 6 through 8. Boys and girls will be judged separately.
Sardis. Sardis Baptist Church will put on a Fall Festival for the community on Saturday, Oct. 28. Fun will get underway at 5 p.m.
Winnfield. Then on Halloween night itself, Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Downtown Winnfield Fall Festival will make another appearance, stretching down Main Street all the way from First United Methodist Church to the Louisiana Political Museum. Those wishing to set up booths, tables or decorated vehicles along the route are invited to contact the museum at 628-0169 for a place assignment.
Everything for the youngsters will get started early on the Louisiana Political Museum end of the route with registration at 5 p.m. and start time 5:30 p.m. for both the Costume Contest and the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. For the Costume Contest, age groups will be 0-3 years; 4-7 years; 8-10 years; 11-13 years, 14-17 years and 18 & up. There will also be a Theme Groups category as well as a special contest for pets (one category). Age groups for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest will be Pre-K through Grade 1; Grades 2 through 5; and Grades 6 through 8. Entrants are asked to attach to the pumpkin the name and age of the child as well as parent’s name and contact phone number.
There will be more for young and old coming downtown that evening. Other activities will include bounce houses and a dunking booth located beside the courthouse as well as hot dogs, chips, drinks and other games located at First United Methodist Church.