Fun and fright make for safe Halloween |

Fun and fright make for safe Halloween

Carolyn Pope

From Power Rangers to bumble bees, teens to tots, all were in the spirit at the Avon’s Fall Fun Night, where part of Nottingham Park was transformed into a fair-like atmosphere for children of all ages.

The huge white tent was filled with games galore: sumo wrestling, fishing for candy, beanbag toss, putt putt golf – you name it, if it was fun, it was there. And every child went home with a bag full of toys and candy.

The concept was the brainchild of Tommy Schneider, the pastor at Calvary Church Vail Valley. The event, in its 5th year, drew more than 2,000 people to the tent, dressed in costumes from too-cute to too-scary. Some 130 grownups donated their time to make sure the evening was a memorable one for the kids.

“We wanted to offer an safe alternative to the usual Halloween”, said Schneider. “We offer fun and love.”

The event this year also started a new trend – an “after party” for teens.

Live music, coffee and conversation were the theme, and many took part in the evening.

Apparently a variety of sports activities limited the numbers this year, but Schneider is hopeful that this will become an annual activity for high-school-age kids.

“We hope, in the future, that we can give away a car at the end of the evening,” he said. That should be incentive enough to fill the tent!

The event brings together most of the churches in the area, including Calvary, Vail Bible Church, New Life Assembly of God, Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Patrick’s Parish and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.

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