Community Christian Church and Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene are partnering this year to produce “Halloween on Horton” on October 31.
“We are partnering to do advertising on social media about both churches doing something the same evening,” Paul Martin, children’s pastor at CCC, said.
“We thought, let’s promote it together,” Jeff Dillow, associate pastor at the Nazarene church, said.
The CCC event is from 5 to 8 p.m., the Nazarene event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Halloween evening. Both the churches are located on Horton Street near Fort Scott Community College.
“This is the sixth year we’ve done it on-site,” Dillow said. “A small army gets involved that night.”
Susan Lemon heads up the Nazarene volunteers, Dillow said.
“We want to take the opportunity to let our community know we care about them and their families,” Dillow said.
The Nazarene Church will have their Trunk or Treat event in its parking lot, at the corner of 18th and Horton Streets.
Community Christian Church has been doing a Halloween event since Martin came, in the late 1990s.
At first, they did a trick-or-treat event but when the church went through a fall sermon series in 2008, the event changed, he said.
“We were going through a fall series called 40 Days Of Community by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California,” Martin said. “We wanted to pull more people from the church to serve. We added more food and inflatables.” They changed the name of the event to Fall-O-Ween at this point.
The church staff and volunteers work with Martin each year to plan and facilitate the event.
“It’s an opportunity to love on the community and provide a safe place on Halloween evening,” Martin said.
“We would love to have people be a part of both events,” Dillow said. “You could easily fill a night of trick-or-treating between both.”
Check out the events on Facebook: Fort Scott Nazarene and Community Christian Church.