2013-10-25 / Chaplain's News

An alternative for Halloween

By Randall L. Dillard
Religious Education Center

Fort Gordon’s chaplain section is offering its free annual alternative for children whose parents want to avoid trick-or-treating and some of the other traditional Halloween activities.

Many people have raised concerns over dangers associated with trick-or-treating and with the influences of many customs and trappings associated with Halloween. Several of the Christian chapel congregations, the post-wide Protestant Sunday School, the Protestant Women of the Chapel, and the Protestant Men of the Chapel are sponsoring an event in response to those concerns.

Note that this is on Halloween night. Even though it’s a mid-week school night, the event is set to coincide with the time identified for trick-or-treat activities in on-post housing areas.

Children should arrive between 5:40 and 6 p.m. when the program begins and plan to stay for all the activities.

This program is for children from age four through eleven. Younger children are welcome to come and enjoy any activities parents think are appropriate. Any children age six and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Contributions of a big bag of candy by each family participating are appreciated.

The Hallelujah Night will feature singing, face painting, carnival style games with biblical themes, a craft activity, food and lots of candy.

This year will also feature added emphasis on those biblical themes at most of the games. As much as possible, these themes and emphases will have a Christian biblical context.

Children are invited to wear costumes -- especially costumes of their favorite biblical characters or favorite American heroes. Please note, that scary or evil creatures will not be allowed.

For more information, call the Fort Gordon Religious Education Center at 791-4703.

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