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Tent or Treat offers Halloween fun
by Steve Beavers
Oct 25, 2013 | 29 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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First United Methodist Church reverend Roger Shock sorts through a huge mound of candy to be handed out during the church's "Tent or Treat" event on Halloween night.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers First United Methodist Church reverend Roger Shock sorts through a huge mound of candy to be handed out during the church's "Tent or Treat" event on Halloween night.
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First United Methodist Church has the treats ready.

All the congregation is asking in return is a smile.

The church is hosting "Tent or Treat" on Halloween night from 6-8 p.m. On Friday, a large mound of packaged candy filled the front of the church sanctuary.

"The church has collected candy every Sunday this month," said Rev. Roger Shock. "All we want is to make a child smile."

"Tent or Treat" will be held on the Fillmore Street Chapel lawn next to the downtown playground. Admission is free with hot dogs and drinks also being served free of charge from 6-7 p.m. A party jumper and face paintings are also slated to be available along with balloon animals.

"Our goal is to be a good place to come on Halloween," said Shock. "It's a positive outreach and we want families to bring their kids and have a good time."

Ten to 12 tents will be set up for children to trick or treat at, according to the pastor.

On Sunday, the church will offer a prayer for the Halloween event.

"Our little children will come down front and pray for the children in the community," said Shock. "Sunday will tell a story and get folks excited."

Shock praised the effort of the church in collecting the huge amount of candy.

"The congregation really stepped up," he said. "This is only a baby step of what we can do by working together."

Last year, First Methodist had 1,200 attend a truck or treat event.

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