Fall is a time for festivals and celebrations

Published 4:20pm Sunday, October 13, 2013

By Rev. Kevin Kelly
Fall is in the air. The cooler temperatures earlier this week were a welcome relief from the summer heat experienced in central Alabama.
The leaves are changing and the colors are amazing. This time of the year is marked by football, cookouts, fall festivals and many other wonderful activities. One of the big celebrations is at the end of the month—Halloween!
Some of the activities focused around Halloween are bonfires, trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, haunted houses and scary movies. Halloween is marketed as a very scary time where fear is at a premium. But my memories and experiences of this time of year were not of fear, but a time of fun with family and friends.
I still remember my first Halloween night of trick-or-treating. I dressed up as a soldier. My parent’s drove me around to some of our friends’ homes where I would run to the door and say the magic words.
I loved the anticipation that came with wondering what treat I would get next. However, most of all, I enjoyed the time spent with my mom, dad and sister.
Times have changed and I now experience this time of year through the lives of my 8- and 13-year-old. I look forward to the excitement they will feel and experience as we enjoy some fun together.
We will continue our family tradition of stopping by the homes of friends and neighbors for a brief visit and, of course, a sweet treat. But in addition to our family activities, we have an additional fun event that we will attend.
Later this month, the church I serve as pastor will offer some fun for Halloween a few days early on Oct. 27. First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka will offer Hallow Him from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family. We will have candy stations, free food, games and inflatables for the kids to have some fun.
For many, Halloween is a negative time of the year to avoid. I do avoid the negative aspects that many participate in and promote during Halloween.
I choose to support and participate in events like Hallow Him. The whole family can safely enjoy an evening together. Mark your calendar and plan to join us Oct. 27. Our church family looks forward to meeting your family.

The Rev. Kevin Kelly is senior minister at First United Methodist Church in Wetumpka.

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