The Arlington Assembly Church hosted their annual Fall Festival on Halloween, providing a space for kids to get candy and play games on Oct. 31.
The church provides the festival for the entire community and had about 800 families show up last year.
“This year is going really good,” said Ryan Kramer, lead pastor at the church.
Volunteers and organizers put on the Fall Festival to give back to the Arlington community.
“We want to be able to provide something for the community, a safe place for kids to go and enjoy Halloween,” said Kramer.
“Hopefully they’ll get enough candy so that the parents can steal some from them, at least that’s our goal in our home,” he joked.
Activities such as pony rides were free at the event and games from mini-golf to bowling could be played, with kids getting candy for participating.
“I like all the games. They don’t just give away candy, it’s very interactive,” said local parent Aaron Loth, who said that this was the second year his family has come to the Fall Festival.
The event also provides a shelter from the cold and from any rain or wind. “I like that it’s indoors,” said local parent Leisha Nobach.
Many families come out for the annual event.
“I like that the community turnout is good,” said local parent Randy Nobach. “It’s a safe environment for the kids."
Parents like that the Fall Festival provides a place for kids to come that’s safer than night-time roaming of the streets.
“I think it creates a safe environment. The parents know they can let their kids comes and wander a bit,” said Taunya Sanchez, children’s director at the church.
“They don’t have to worry about losing their kid or other unsafe things. We try to make it lit and a place where the parents can come,” said Kramer.
Kids can also join in on the bouncy houses, cake walks and other activities that are offered at the Fall Festival.
Organizers said they enjoy helping local families have a good Halloween.
“We just love interacting with people and seeing the smiles on the kids and the faces of all our volunteers,” said Kramer.
This year there were 124 volunteers helping put on the event.
“Some take off of work or get out of work early to be able to come down here and make an impact on the community,” said Kramer.