More events added to upcoming Halloween and fall calendar

From Staff Reports

Oct. 23, 2008 - This time of year, with its colorful nature displays, brings to mind two things. For parents and thrill seekers it means Halloween and its many assorted spooky activities. And while not all churches host or participate in Halloween activities, many do denote the approach of November as a time of harvest and thanksgiving.

Several local civic groups and churches annually offer special activities as an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating, and several churches are also offering fall and harvest festivals.

Traditionally, in Sulphur Springs, the big church Halloween event is First Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat. To answer the many who have inquired about FBC's outreach event, the church's website,, lists Trunk or Treat on its upcoming events calendar as starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, on the FBC baseball field.

Listed below are some of the upcoming Halloween activities and fall celebrations to watch for:

Friday, Oct. 24

  • Haunted Woods Trail and Stew Supper in Arbala will be presented Oct. 24, 25 and 31. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at Arbala Community Center with serving of a stew supper. The hayride and Haunted Woods Trail start at the community center at dark and will continue until midnight. The cost for both stew and 1/2-mile trail is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under; for the stew dinner only, $5 adults and $3 children; and the trail only, $7 adults and $3 children. Contact Paula Hammond at 903-885-4932 or Kathie Gentry at 903-243-1540 for more information. Proceeds benefit Boy Scouts Venture Crew 69 and the Arbala Community Center.

Saturday, Oct. 25

  • Morning Chapel Baptist Church "Seasoned Saints 13 Celebration" begins with a banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, with Henry Bridges of Dallas as the guest speaker. Tickets are $10. The celebration continues at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, with the Rev. D.L. Hinkley and Holy Tabernacle Church of Dallas as special guests. The Rev. H.B. Nash Sr. is pastor of Morning Chapel.
  • South Liberty Baptist Church Annual Fall Festival and Stew begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Children can have their faces painted or win candy and prizes from the six to eight carnival-style booths, including ring tosses and a cake walk. The booths are free. Chili and stew will also be served. The church is located on FM 1567 off of State Highway 19 south. For more information, call 903-348-4105.
  • PPAWSS Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Petsense, offering free treats for pets and people. The costume contest starts at 4 p.m.; a $3 donation is asked for each pet entered in the contest. A photographer will also be on hand taking portraits of pets. Visit or call 903-885-2350 for more information.
  • Haunted Woods Trail and Stew Supper in Arbala continues Oct. 25 and 31.

Thursday, Oct. 30

  • Sulphur Springs Health & Rehab Center's Annual Halloween Carnival will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the center, located at 411 Airport Road next to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. Cost: 5 tickets for $1. Activities: dunking booth, silent auction, pie throwing, face paintings, duck pond, moon walk, cake walk, ring toss, fishing game, pencil pull, dart throwing, seek and find, special appearances by "Elvis," and more. Foods include hot, homemade campfire stew, popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs and more. All proceeds go towards the residents' Christmas fund. Contact Leanetta Pryor, 903-885-7668, for more information.

Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31

  • Wesley United Methodist Church invites the community to Slime Time, a come-and-go Halloween Fun Festival, to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Wear a favorite costume and enjoy lots of fun, games, candy, face-painting and "tattoos." Wesley UMC is located at 614 Texas St., on the corner of Texas and Bellview streets. For more information, call 903-885-3383.
  • Pickton Community Trunk or Treat will be held in "big, beautiful downtown Pickton" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween night. Community members are invited to open the trunks of their cars and offer candy to children who attend the one-hour festivities.
  • A Halloween party will be hosted at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The event includes a costume contest for funniest, most original and best in show. Lots of goodies for everyone. Seniors are invited to put on their party hats and have some fun.
  • Trunk Or Treat will be conducted from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the parking lot of the Church of the Nazarene, 1300 South League St.
  • Haunted Woods Trail and Stew Supper in Arbala will conclude on Friday, Oct. 31.

Sunday, Nov. 2

  • A "Giving Thanks" fall revival at Greenwood Baptist Church begins at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, and continues at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 3-5. Directions: Take I-30 to the Saltillo exit 141; go 5 miles south of I-30 on FM 900; the church is on the left at the intersection of FM 900 and FM 3359. Dr. Ron Herring with the Baptist General Convention of Texas will be preaching, with music by Larry Neal and Paula Neal. The Sunday service will be followed by the 2008 Thanksgiving Feast with turkey and all the trimmings provided by Danny and Lynn Christenberry. No charge.
  • East Caney Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to the annual Harvest Rally Program, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. This year's theme is "The Harvest Is Ready." Pastor Troy Young and the St. Luke church family will be special guests. Glenda Brown is chair of the Harvest Rally Program. Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks is pastor of the East Caney church.

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