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Best Fest: 4 Can’t-Miss Tips for Planning Your Fall Festival

We know a large number of churches enjoy putting on a Fall Festival. Here are four tips to help make your Fall Fest planning a treat. 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.

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. Consider 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 way.

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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. You can also use VBS-themed frames like these to transition from the summer fun into fall activities.

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? Check out these five Halloween alternatives to find five different ways to be different. Our favorite is the Family Dinner Theater. Who wouldn’t want to come out for dinner and a show?

4. Allergy-Free

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!

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4 thoughts on “Best Fest: 4 Can’t-Miss Tips for Planning Your Fall Festival

    • Yvonne Okonji

      We have a community harvest festival it’s free! we have game booths, a game truck, a petting zoo, live entertainment, food, and lots of candy, and we top it off with a gospel message. We use social media to promote our Harvest Festival, and our evangelism team goes out in the community on Saturdays and places door hangers

      • Sierra Archuleta

        Hi Yvonne,

        We are so thrilled to hear about your community harvest festival! It sounds like a lot of fun and I am sure your community enjoys all of the fun activities you provide. We love the different ways you promote your event and how you tie in a gospel message with all of the fun.

  2. Each year our Christian Education staff choosing a biblical based theme for our Hallelujah night. Then each class room teacher recruits volunteers to portray the various characters that are needed to tell her portion of the theme. We have used themes such as “The 7 Deadly Sins”, ” “Parables of Jesus”, “Bad Girls of the Bible”,
    ” The Moses Museum ” “Running with the Giants” etc. The children visit each station aka classroom which is decorated or set to help the children get a sense of what really happened. The year we did “Running with the Giants” we rented a small stadium the the children had to run from character to character meeting various giants of the bible such as David, Nehemiah, Elijah, etc. Candy or other small gifts are given at each station as well. The food that is served as refreshments for the evening is also themed base. For example the year we did ” The 7 Deadly Sins” one room was set up as “Hell’s Kitchen” and the other room was the ” Heavenly Cloud Cafe”. Hot foods were served in “Hell’s Kitchen” and light and refreshing foods were served in the “Heavenly Cloud Cafe”. Everyone enjoys our Hallelujah Nights, children and parents alike.

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