The temperatures are falling, pumpkins are popping up in grocery stores and Walgreens flu commercials are on air. Fall is here! The main event we host in our church each year during October is our Fall Festival. Meetings for planning are in the process of starting and we are starting to plan the details of this celebration.
Here are some fall festival ideas for church for those who are considering hosting an event in the fall.
1) Picking the Date:
Do you want your celebration to function as an alternative to Halloween? Do you want to give your family an activity that is fun for everyone? Consider the ideal date to hold the Fall Festival. We’ve noticed that our attendance increased when we held it on the night before Halloween on a Wednesday rather than the weekend or on the actual Halloween night.
It also lets us be able to invite the regular Wednesday night participants to assist in the celebration, and also to ensure that our families are able to attend since this evening is usually reserved for church activities. Select a date that ensures you be able to recruit volunteers and will not interfere with other festivals taking place in your local area.
2) Choosing Activities
At our Festival in the Fall, Festival there are a range of activity booths that cater to elementary and preschool age children. It is essential to separate the booths for elementary and preschool apart. So you don’t have fourth graders running over the three year olds. There are age-appropriate games at every booth. One example of a booth for preschoolers would be that of the Duck Pond. A small pool filled with water , and yellow rubber ducks are set on the bottom of the lake. The children pick a duck, and the number at the bottom of the page is how much candy that they get.
One of the booths we have in our elementary school can be The Basketball Shoot. Set up a basketball court and draw lines that youngsters must shoot from. Children will receive a candy bar for every shot they make. In the last year on my church campus, we had five preschool booths as well as 6 elementary stations. Along with the various activities we also provided paint-your-face, rides on hay cotton candy and popcorn and bouncies.
3) Embracing a Budget:
We have a Fall Festival is one of the most expensive things we can offer our children. The cost of the candy itself is costly. If you’re thinking about hosting an event for the first time at a Fall Festival, consider asking your church members to contribute candy. This was what we did for Our inaugural Easter Egg Hunt last April and the church kindly donated 70 percent of our candy required!
Another method to cut costs in the budget is to solicit church members to contribute things you require for your booths. Church members can offer their basketball equipment, tricycles the corn hole, certain games for children like beanbag toss. If you’re not able to afford to purchase a bouncy think about contacting the business and asking them to provide one for you if you promote their services during the event. You might be amazed at what people will donate by letting their name be known.
4) Considering Safety:
When we have the Fall Festival, we make sure that we have plenty of security. It is a great occasion for local pedafiles and pedafiles who are in the area to observe attempt to be present. If there are police officers in your church, ask them to assist at the event and to ensure security. Additionally, if you’ve got little parking, you might want to ask the local businesses near your church whether you could make use of their parking spaces at that evening. There will be police officers for traffic control and to ensure things moving smoothly.
5) Getting Prospects:
If you are planning to attend the Fall Festival, we ask that you fill out the registration form. In order to reward you we’ll be having an offer to give away. The prizes will be based on your budget. You could consider giving prizes for bikes or Wii, Wii and gift cards. We request families to provide us with their name address, telephone number, address or e-mail address and to determine if they attend churches in any other city and also the name of the church they attend. Following this event, we look through the cards and divide them according to the church members we have and those who are a member of a church and those not churched. We follow up with them in the appropriate manner. This is a fantastic opportunity to draw families from your local area and to get people interested in joining your church.
We would love to hear from you! If your church has held an Fall Festival, please leave comments to share your experiences with fellow readers. It is also possible to learn more about Trunk or Treat events that several churches organize.