Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TOP STORY >> Halloween and fall festivals are planned

The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Pumpkin Patch Plunge at the Jacksonville Community Center from 6 until 8:30 p.m Monday, Oct. 29 as a fundraiser for the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to the community center pool to take the plunge for a chance to win toys, Splash Zone passes and more. Admission is $5.

For more information, call 501-982-4171 or 501-982-0818.

Zion Hill Baptist Church will sponsor a “Trunk or Treat” event from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Church members, whose car trunks will be decorated, will offer children candy. There will be fun and games for the whole family. Pastor Terry Fortner invites the public to attend.

The church is at 11923 Zion Hill Road near Cabot.

Austin is holding haunted hay rides and a Halloween carnival at Austin Fire Station 3, which is at 12 Moats Lane near the Cross Creek subdivision.

Weather permitting, the hayrides are from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, then again Monday-Wednesday until 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

The carnival will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. next Saturday. Ten tickets are $5. For more information, call Austin City Hall at 501-941-2648.

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, 401 N. First St., will host its annual fall festival from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Activities will include trunk or treat, face painting and bounce houses for ages 13 and under.

Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, off Hwy. 89 South in Cabot, will hold its fall festival from 5 until 10 p.m. next Saturday. There will be a bouncy house, trunk or treating, games, lots of free food and a haunted path for exciting family fun. Costumes are encouraged.

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cabot will hold its annual harvest festival from 4 until 6 p.m. next Saturday.

There will be free games, activities, crafts, chili, hot dogs and trunk or treating. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.

The church is located at 301 S. Pine St.

Bethel Baptist Church in Jacksonville will host a “Trunk or Treat” from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 112 N. Jeff Davis St.