The annual College Avenue Church of Christ (CACOC) carnival in the park has taken over Neel Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Halloween. CACOC Youth, Family and Worship Minister Jason Baker said carnival is a way for church members to “serve the community, have fun and meet a lot of people.” .
CACOC members toured the park in their vehicles and set up trunk or candy-style kiosks with distinctive Halloween and fall-themed decor.
There were plenty of stalls offering activities for the many costumed kids in attendance, ranging from cornhole style games to face painting and more.
Baker said “probably around 36” individual booths had been set up by CACOC devotees for the event. In the middle of the park, a grill has also been installed to serve hot dogs.
Members registered to reserve a place for their specific booths and organized the activities themselves.
Church members combed the neighborhoods surrounding Neel Park days before the event, dropping flyers encouraging families to attend the event.
The strategy paid off, judging by the crowds at the park on Sunday and the many costumed children who could be seen walking with relatives from neighboring neighborhoods.
“[The event] involves the whole church, we all play a role, ”said Baker.
Baker said the church has been hosting the Halloween event, which originally took place in the church parking lot, for “eight or nine years.”
“We think God called us to move it to Neel Park,” Baker said.
Print title: College Ave. Christ Church holds carnival in Neel Park