OGDEN -- The public is invited to participate in a safe alternative to traditional Halloween activities at Canyon Road Assembly of God Church, 1390 Canyon Road, in Ogden (half a block east of 12th Street and Harrison Boulevard).
The church will host its annual free Fall Harvest Festival from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The festival is designed for children ages sixth grade and younger, but the whole family is invited.
Halloween traditions are one area about which the church is concerned for the public, said Katy Koetitz, who is the director of the celebration. "This is a safer place, instead of going door to door."
Koetitz said absolutely everyone is invited. "We want to have a good time and face time with the kids," she said.
Koetitz said the event, a tradition for at least 10 years, usually attracts around 100 children. Another hundred attend as families or adults interested in celebrating with the youngsters.
Organizers ask that parents of preschoolers attend with their children.
Children are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy carnival games, caramel apples, a hayride and short program.
"I like it because it's so fun to see the kids playing the games," Koetitz said. "They love their costumes. I think it's fun for the adults to act like children, too. They dress up."
New this year, carnival games will have a Bible theme, such as the story of David and Goliath.
A horse-drawn hayride also is a new offering.
"A team of horses will be pulling a trailer to a bonfire where they can have hot chocolate," Koetitz said.
Prizes will be awarded to the children who play the games. Each child will receive a bag of candy as they leave the open house-style event.
Koetitz said the event offers a non intimidating way for the community to experience her church.
For information, call the church at 801-621-2185.