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What to do during the Halloween holiday season
Fall festivals, costume contests and more
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Bethesda Pumpkin Patch
Bethesda UMC, 3608 Midland Rd., is happy to announce the return of the annual Pumpkin Patch through Oct. 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 through Oct. 31. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Other 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

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 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. Bring the kids to the giant pumpkin patch with events including fire safety demos, a fire engine, fishing derby, corn shucking contest and games. For more information, visit or email Sue Danao at

Fall Festival
Springfield United Methodist Church will have a fall festival on Oct. 26 beginning at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Campground, Springfield. A cook out will begin at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information call 754-6646 or visit

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. There will be 14 game booths, Cinderella’s Castle, a dunking booth, giant space ship, pony rides, food, prizes and more. Everyone is invited and everything is free, but they ask that you bring two canned goods to share with the needy of Effingham County through FORCE. No scary costumes, please.

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 its 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 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.

Trunk or Treat
North Salem Baptist Church will have a trunk or treat event on Oct. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. For more information call (912) 694-7933. The church is located at 955 Highway 30, Port Wentworth.

Halleluiah Festival
The children’s ministry of Bethesda United Methodist Church invites the families of the community to attend the annual Halleluiah Festival on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Enjoy games, free cakewalk and lots of treats, fun and food.  Parents, this is a great alternative to “trick or treat” for your children.  Call 728-3332 for information.  

Fall Festival
The Rincon Church of God will be sponsoring their annual fall festival on Oct. 31 from 7-9 p.m. in the church’s family life center. Admission and all activities are free and open to the public. The night will include games, a hay ride, costume contests for all ages (including a group category), door prizes, free hotdogs and popcorn, cookie walk and much more. There will also be activities for adults making the event a true family affair. No scary costumes, please. The church is located at 3430 Highway 21. For more information, call the church office at 826-5927, or visit the Web at

Haunted House
The Huntington Station Haunters invite everyone to attend their 8th annual free haunted house at the home of Keith and Martie Tompkins. Due to the urgent need for food item donations for local food pantries they will be accepting donations of non-perishable can goods for the Food Outreach Co-op of Effingham (FORCE). For more information call 728-5211 or visit their Web site at