Saints and an­gels free fun evening out

Hauraki Herald - - EDUCATION & TRAINING -

St James Church parish­ioners in Thames are putting on a free evening of entertainment for chil­dren.

The evening is an al­ter­na­tive to Hal­loween, and will start at 5pm on Oc­to­ber 31 in the church grounds on the cor­ner of Pollen and Pa­hau Streets.

St James Church Outreach com­mit­tee co-covenor Lynne Wood said the aim of the evening was to give par­ents a safe en­vi­ron­ment to for chil­dren to have fun as an al­ter­na­tive to Hal­loween’s trick or treat­ing.

‘‘That has chil­dren knock­ing on doors ask­ing strangers for sweets, some­thing we dis­cour­age un­der the stranger-dan­ger ad­vice we teach young folk,’’ she said.

‘‘At St James Church, chil­dren can come along dressed as a saint or an­gel for an evening of games and entertainment that cul­mi­nates in a pa­rade of chil­dren dressed in their out­fits fol­lowed by a light fin­ger food snack.’’

This year, in line with Thames Gold­fields 150 year cel­e­bra­tions, chil­dren are in­vited to come along dressed as peo­ple would have 150 years ago.

‘‘Our Fairy God­mother re­wards chil­dren who com­plete some of the games, which will also have a 150 year ago flavour this year al­though craft mak­ing, face paint­ing and bouncy cas­tles will still fea­ture.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come along and cel­e­brate the evening be­fore All Saints Day and as the say­ing goes, the more the mer­rier.’’

Mean­while, a Hal­loween al­ter­na­tive event will be held at the Paeroa War Me­mo­rial Hall on Oc­to­ber 31 with the theme, Outer Space.

It will be a fun event with dif­fer­ent and new games to play, lots of food to eat, and many door prizes to win.

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The Saints and An­gels com­mu­nity event for chil­dren.

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