Saints and angels free fun evening out
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.
The Saints and Angels community event for children.