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Local fall festivals, costume contests
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Bethesda Pumpkin Patch
Bethesda UMC, 3608 Midland Rd., is happy to announce the return of the annual Pumpkin Patch Oct. 13-25. There will be a variety of fall items for sale: pumpkins of all sizes, various types of gourds and Indian corn. “Marilyn’s Pumpkin Bread and Pies” – made fresh each day – will be available.  Pumpkin Patch hours are: Monday through Thursday, 1-6 p.m.; Friday 1- 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 728-3332 for information. All proceeds go to the youth ministry of the church.

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes as well as other fall decorations will be on sale at the Rincon United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 810 Fort Howard Rd. in Rincon from Oct. 15-31.  Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Other great family activities include story times, hay rides, coloring sheets, face painting and photo opportunities with a special fall backdrop. Pumpkins come in all sizes and are priced from $3 to $18 depending on size. For further information, call the church at 826-4038 or 826-5796, or visit their Web site at

Trunk or Treat
North Salem Baptist Church will have a trunk or treat event on Oct. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. For more information call (912) 694-7933. The church is located at 955 Highway 30, Port Wentworth.

Halloween Hike
The Halloween Hike will be held on Oct. 24-25 from 4-9 p.m. at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. This not-so-scary ‘Trick-or-Treat’ event is ideal for young children. Treat bags will be provided. Admission is $7 per child and $5 per adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 898-3980 for more information or visit Oatland’s Web site at

ADA Costume Contest
The Effingham County Kiss-a-Pig Campaign Committee is hosting a costume contest for children 12 and under on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Domino’s Pizza parking lot on Highway 21 in Rincon. The entry fee is $3 for early registration and the deadline is Oct. 22. The day of event entry fee is $5 and contestants must be registered by 12:45 p.m. Domino’s will be selling pizza by the slice and donating all proceeds to American Diabetes Association. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place for various categories such as cutest, scariest and most original.

Pumpkin Fest
The Hampton Lake Pumpkin Fest will be held Oct. 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Events include fire safety demos, a fire engine, fishing derby, corn shucking contest and games. For more information, visit or email Sue Danao at

Costume Contest
The Effingham County Recreation and Parks will hold their annual costume contests on Oct. 28 in front of the ECRP office. For children, birth through 12 years, the event lasts from 5-6 p.m. For pets, the contest will be from 6:15-7 p.m.  Also, they will have a fall festival with games, refreshments, hay rides and more from 5-7 p.m. in the ECRP office complex.

Fall Festival
Overcoming by Faith Ministries invites all kids, teens, families and friends to Fall Festival 2008, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Civic Center Johnny Mercer Theater. This year’s theme, “School’s In. Stand Out,” is a spectacular musical where you can see how characters like John the Baptist, Simon Peter, Judas and Jesus might have been in high school. Kids, put on your best costumes and join the cast for a fun-filled night. Admission is free and all kids will receive a huge bag of candy. For more information call (912) 927-8601 or visit

God’s Great Universe
First Baptist Church of Rincon will host “God’s Great Universe” fall festival on Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. in their parking lot. Admission to the event will be two non-perishable items or canned goods to be donated to FORCE. There will be game booths, food and prizes. Everyone is invited. Visit

Great Punkin’ Chunkin’ Competition
First Baptist Church of Springfield will hold “The Great Punkin’ Chunkin’ Competition” on Oct. 31 beginning at 6:15 p.m. Also, they will hold a trunk or treat time from 5-8 p.m. For more information visit or call 754-3443.

Trunk or Treat Festival
Sand Hill Baptist Church will host a Trunk or Treat festival on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. They will have food, music, games and candy. Everything is free and all are welcome.for more information call 728-3671 or visit The church is located at 1936 Sand Hill Rd., Guyton.

Fall Festival
Cornerstone Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to their 7th Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 31. This family friendly event will be held on the church property located at the corner of Ralph-Rahn Road and Georgia Highway 21 South from 6-8 p.m.  There will be free food, games, prizes, face painting, a cake walk and lots of candy. For more information visit or call 754-6278.