Cedar­town First UMC cel­e­brates fall

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1799@yahoo.com

The fi­nal Satur­day in Oc­to­ber was all about au­tumn’s great fun: candy, hot dogs, s’mores, and cos­tumes for those who at­tended Cedar­town First United Methodist’s 2nd an­nual fall fes­ti­val.

The event was meant to give peo­ple a safe, fam­ily-friendly means of cel­e­brat­ing Hal­loween, and many came ready to cel­e­brate.

“It’s pretty sim­i­lar to last year,” Reverand Mike Broome said. “We in­vited our church fam­ily to come out to dec­o­rate their cars (for the trunk-or-treat) and we of­fer a free meal and a cake walk in­side. It’s a way to reach out to our com­mu­nity and give them a fam­ily fun, safe, not too scary event to come to.”

Chil­dren dressed as ev­ery­thing from video game char­ac­ters to su­per­heroes could be seen col­lect­ing candy, try­ing their luck at the cake walk, win­ning prizes, and toast­ing s’mores. Like many other churches host­ing events, cos­tumes were asked to be kept mild and not too scary.

“Just some old-school, tra­di­tional Hal­loween events,” Broome said. “We just en­joy do­ing this. Its fun to be in­volved, and we try to give them an al­ter­na­tive to scary stuff so they can come out and be a part of it.”

For many par­ents, trunk-or-treat­ing has com­pletely re­placed tra­di­tional house to house vis­its. Par­tic­i­pants will of­ten dec­o­rate their cars and hand out treats from the back as chil­dren cir­cle the park­ing lot to fill their bags.

“Some­times we may visit a cou­ple churches (to trunk-or-treat,) but it’s been a while since I took the lit­tle ones to houses,” par­tic­i­pant Sharon Aber­nathy said. “They don’t seem to mind as long as they still get some candy.”

Those in­ter­ested in fu­ture Cedar­town First United Methodist events can visit https://www.face­book.com/Cedar­townFirstUnit­edMethodis­tChurch for more in­for­ma­tion. Those in­ter­ested

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Ti­fani Ki­nard is the Hos­pi­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tor and Chief Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer at Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Cedar­town First United Methodist held their 2nd an­nual Fall Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Oct. 27.

/ Sean Wil­liams

Cedar­town First United Methodist held their 2nd an­nual Fall Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Oct. 27.

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