Instead of witches and goblin costumes, it was angels and Bible character costumes at 412 Church’s annual Fall Festival on Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31, in San Jacinto with lots of candy and family friendly games.
Although a few dark Halloween characters still roamed the grounds at 1450 W. Seventh St. in San Jacinto, the little angels, teen monks, farmers and other attendees in costume overwhelmed the campus and shed light on the fun around them. Even the costumed Angel of Death had to leave his scythe outside. It was a time to celebrate life, not death at the church led by the Rev. Roy Ryder.
Ryder greeted visitors to the church, sharing the church’s plan for the evening and offering families a brief video Bible story about Jesus and his disciples. Each person entering the fun zone was handed a bag for candy and a Bible tract.
“This is an annual event. It is a safe place to have fun and play some games,” Ryder said. “And there is a little bit of sharing the gospel.”
The families enjoyed everything from cakewalks to a laser tag field. The game booths were manned by 412 Church volunteers. The booths had biblical names like “Plague of Hail,” “Joy of the Lord,” “The Widow’s Mite,” “Pulling for Christ” and more.
There was a “Ring the Bell” setup, a contained bowling alley and face painting for the little ones.
Several food vendors served Mexican food, funnel cakes, churros and kettle corn to hungry visitors. Birth Choice and several other community organizations provided information to the guests.
412 Church is an affiliate of Calvary Chapel. For more information, visit www.412church.org or call (951) 654-1401.
Tony Ault can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.