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Halloween: the great, yearly event where kids—and those of us who are young at heart—get to creatively dress up, have some fun, go door-to-door, and collect enough candy to keep our dentists living in luxury.

We think that Halloween is a great opportunity for us to love our neighbors, and to get to know them a little bit better as well.

Pastor Nolan enjoys going out with his kids and seeing how excited they get to run from one door to the next to “show off” their cowboy or princess costumes. It is a unique opportunity to be able to go to a person’s home, many times someone you don’t know very well, and be met with a warm smile and a nice treat. What other day of the year could you knock on a stranger’s door and be welcomed so kindly?

Pastor Tim is still new to this parenting thing, but he enjoys dressing up as a family with his wife Jen, and his son Gus. Last year they were even able to do Star Wars themed costumes! It’s such a blessing to have our neighbors and friends come to visit us—you can really learn something new about people by what they like to dress up as.

This year, Halloween looks like it might be a little colder outside than usual (crossed fingers for no snow!), but fortunately our community has a couple of fun, family-friendly events where you can warm up for a little as a part of your night.

First, you’re invited to the “Trunk and Treasures” event at First Baptist Church, 1025 N. 16th St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. First Baptist will have a handful of Biblically themed trunks set up, and they are ready to greet you with a warm smile and a treat. There will also be warm soups and hot dogs inside for those who need a little more substance in their diet, and to warm up for awhile!

The fun doesn’t end there, as just a few blocks west of First Baptist, we have the “Trunk Or Treat” event at Beatrice Mennonite Church, 1220 Summit St., from 5-7 p.m. Beatrice Mennonite will have grilled hot dogs, hot chocolate, a drawing for a gift certificate to Playa Azul, and lots and lots of candy.

If you are looking for a family friendly environment, or just some friendly faces, then stop on by. Stay safe and stay warm friends.

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