We know a large number of
churches enjoy putting on a Fall Festival. It's a great way
to reach out to the community and connect with families who
wouldn't normally come to your church or ministry. Here are five
tricks to help make your Fall Fest planning a treat.
1. Teamwork Don't scare
yourself into thinking you're going to need a large team to pull
off a fantastic Fall Fest. We've seen a church pull off an 800-kid
extravaganza with only 20 volunteers. In her article,
The ABCs (and 123s!) of Planning a Fall Festival, Rebekah
Guzman breaks down all the pre-planning that needs to be done
before the event. It's important to get a core leadership team
headed by a director to help delegate the work and make the event
go smoothly. A little extra recruiting at first will go a long
2. Picture Perfect You could
be planning a simple trick-or-treat in your parking lot, or you may
be making room for a multi-station interactive experience. Either
way, you'll want new families to keep coming back long after the
fest. One easy way to do this is by setting up a photo booth at the
entrance. Hang up a backdrop, set up a tripod, and have a friendly
volunteer invite families coming into the event over for a picture.
Have families come back next week for the printed picture, or if
you have the ability to print the photos right away, cut out some
frames from construction paper and write a friendly note on the
back of the picture inviting families to return.
3. Be Different Maybe an
event where you have games, booths, and candy isn't for you. Why
not think way outside the box and try something new? In her
Five Halloween Alternatives, Sue Lennartson gives us five
different ways to be different. My favorite is the Family Dinner
Theater. Who wouldn't want to come out for dinner and a show?
4. Be a Hero Instead of doing
an event, why not create an experience that kids won't forget
anytime soon? Group's Heroes Unmasked does just that. Your
next Fall Festival can be much more than games, costumes, and
candy. With Heroes Unmasked, you can help kids have tons of fun and
learn about some of the Bible's mightiest champions.
5. Allergy-free I've
on the blog before, but I want to say it again. If you do
candy, make sure to have allergy-free options so all the kids can
go home happy. It's a small step that goes a long way in showing
families you really care about them. You might also consider
providing small toy bags for candy-free families.
How does your church handle Fall Fest
activities? What do you do to draw in a crowd? What's your favorite
kind of candy? Share with us using the comment section below!