East Texas churches host Halloween events

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - To the joy of little children, the rain was able to clear out just in time for trick or treating.

One Nacogdoches church was out in the community trying to spread a message of hope.

Twenty-one different "light parties" were held by members of Fredonia Hill Baptist Church.

"To be out here with the little kids and them having a good time, it doesn't feel like Halloween at all, said church member Marco Morales. "It feels like another day where kids get to come out here and dress up."

Halloween is usually dark and scary, but members of the church hope to shine a light in that darkness.

"So many people think of Halloween as a dark night and we just wanted to show that even though the world considers it a dark night, we can let our light shine," member Chip Hall.

The houses stood out with lights in their yards and signs with bible verses.

Each party offered games and interaction with the children, before handing out candy and lights.

"It's better doing games and enjoying being with the kids than just walking around with kids," Morales said.

The kids even have a hard time picking out what is there favorite thing.

"Umm [I like] that [game] over there, and that one over there," said a group of trick or treaters.

The members are not against candy or dressing up. They just want to show that the church is more than a building.

"We believe the church is in the community, so we do a lot of activities in the year where we get out in the community," member Bob Middlebrook said.

This was the second year that members have had these parties and there is no plan of stopping them.

Tricker Treaters were also out in the Lufkin area.

Lufkin Main Street hosted its downtown trick or treat and there was a Trunk or Treat event at the old HEB parking lot next to Ray's Drive In on Timberland.

"It's just to let the community know we care about them; to provide a safe place for families to have fun together," James Craft, Children's Minister of Lufkin's First Baptist Church, said. "It is really about the kids."

The Trunk or Treat was put on by a multiple churches throughout the Lufkin area.

Craft said they served about 3,600 hot dogs. The churches are already looking at doing it again next year.

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