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Ideas for Church Fall Festival

I am looking for ideas for a very simple fall festival at our church. We are a small church with very little help with children's activities. Most of the people helping have young children and often times are discouraged from helping because they are missing time with their kids. We want to do a fall festival, but I need some very easy ideas.

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August 20, 20180 found this helpful

Instead of an Easter Egg Hunt, do a pumpkin hunt. Get little orange balls and fill plastic pumpkin baskets

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August 20, 20180 found this helpful

For a little kid's activity, the parents and kids can trace the child's hand and make a turkey and write on it what they are thankful for.

For slightly older kids you can have simple games like bobbing for apples.

For everyone you can make a contest that is also food and beverages....People can bring Crock-Pots of chili and cider and you can have a contest for the best of each with inexpensive ribbons from the dollar store for prizes.

This would serve as both food and beverage and entertainment as the voting can be fun. Give each contestant a number and the rest of the guests small slips of paper to vote. If you set up bags with each contesantst's number it's easier to count for votes at the end. You would need to provide bowls, spoons, napkins and make sure there are enough plugs and extension cords to keep the pots plugged in safely!

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August 21, 20180 found this helpful

just a good old fashined singalong! Get a clever person to play a piano and sing seasonal songs. Bring dips and nibbles and such

i remember when i was in school they always found a way also to recreate the Plymouth Rock 1st Thanksgiving thing with not much bother. It was loads of fun

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August 22, 20180 found this helpful

Since your help is limited then it seems your variety of events should be limited also so you will not be stretched too thin and be a cause for something to be a problem.

  • Our groups have always liked a photo booth/place. We generally use a bench (or a large hay square) as a focal point with something bland (but maybe identifiable) as the background. Sometimes we have different items the children can hold (they may be nervous or fidgety) like straw dolls, play guitar, anything you can find that is a little unusual or maybe just a group of friends would like a photo for fun or remembrance. Grown ups like photos too.
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  • This project was always a favorite with children and adults. Pick someone to be the picture taker (use a camera or cell phone) and take 2 or 4 pictures of each group so you'll be sure at least one will be on the better side.
  • Pictures can be seen in the small viewer on the phone or camera but full pictures will be distributed later. Distribution can be scheduled at a gathering after a particular church service and that makes it a two event deal (usually everyone will attend that had their pictures taken).
  • We usually have the pictures made at a Walmart or Walgreen's so we can decide which ones are the best (children like the silly ones too). This does cost (but not as much as some people may think) and our Walgreen's gives us a discount.
  • You will have to think about how many of each picture to make but if more copies are needed then you can always go back for more.
  • We have a small bulletin board (glass case) and we always post some of the pictures each week until we have posted all of them for families to see.
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  • The second favorite a "tattoo booth" when someone painted small designs on children's faces or hands. This is not complicated and face paints are cheap. The painter doesn't have to be an artist as circles and junk designs are the usual.
  • If someone has a popcorn maker that always draws a good crowd (and we have even rented the popcorn maker). The small bags can be small lunch/snack bags and if a table is available we let kids draw pictures on the bags before filling.
  • Some people use ice cone booths but these are just too messy so I would not recommend those.
  • As for food, try to make something that can be held in their hands with no spoons or forks necessary. Hotdogs usually work well and only have a few condiments to choose from. Kids usually love corndogs and these are the easiest of all to serve.
  • I like drinks in cans but many use the large bottles and paper cups.
  • Always have trash cans in several places so clean up will be easier.
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