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Children & Family Ministries

Community Halloween Fun in the Patch

The one-way children’s parade with trick or treating is a church-sponsored Halloween event on the front lawn of Birmingham First UMC, along-side our Pumpkin Patch.  We will also host a storybook time, a hotdog Halloweenie Roast, and movies on the lawn Saturday, October 23, 2021.  A rainout make-up plan is for Saturday, Oct 30 if necessary. 

This year we ask volunteers to dress up in kid friendly costumes.  20+ cardtables are available to borrow, or bring your own.  Decorating of table space is optional.  We want to create a safe and inviting trick or treating environment for all participants!  Wearing a mask outdoors is optional unless social distancing cannot be maintained.   

We need volunteers to bring candy in their own bowl & pass it out from chair pods that will be set up 8-feet apart on the lawn, several feet from the sidewalk.  We will provide you gloves to wear when passing out candy.  Please plan on candy for a minimum of 350 children.  We request you provide a nut-free option for children with allergies.

We also need volunteers who like to grill & serve hotdogs, pop popcorn to serve during movie times, and a few chaperons during the movies.  Thank you to Kid's First staff who will be reading storybooks!

The event provides a safe and family-friendly environment for trick-or-treaters and the children of our church and community.  Last year was so much fun that we hope you can all join us again this year!

Dressing up is encouraged, but optional.  We ask that costumes be creative (please keep the scary/creepiness factor very kid-friendly as this event is for all ages of children, from the very young to the young at heart. No scary masks, no weapons, no gore.)  For inspiration, Pinterest has some great ideas!  There will be a prize for "Best Costume"!

Date: 10/23/2021 (Sat.)

Time: 3:30pm - 8:30pm EDT

Location: Birmingham First United Methodist Church

Created by:   Kimberly Bowyer
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Available Slot

Bring & pass out candy (350 pieces); Costumes are encouraged, but optional. (50)

Set-up is 3:30 pm. Parade & trick or treating is 4:00-5:00 pm; We hope to have 50 chair pods, 8-ft socially distanced around the front lawn near the sidewalk. Some card tables available.

23 of 50 slots filled
Meghan Coppen (2)
Student Ministry Table
Kimberly Uptergrove (2)
Amber Uptergrove
Katie Kirkpatrick
Diane Evey
Kelly Ann Holquist
Kimberly Bowyer
Sue Walters
Julie White (2)
In-laws will host a table and so will Brian
Sarah Rokos
Olivia Jackson
Beth Torrey
Unite table
Elbert Dulworth
Janet Smylie
Karla Bole (2)
Susan Acciaioli
Music Department
Mary Feldmaier
Suzanne Walls
Doing with Delores Kornblum
Ethan Kramer
Ethan & Donna Kramer
Alyssa Ryzyk
Baldwin House Senior Living

Parking lot attendant (2)

Set-up is 3:30 pm. Greet participants at one driveway and guide them to welcome table for registration until 5 pm.

1 of 2 slots filled
Mike Stephens

Welcome table & greeter (4)

Arrive at 3:30 pm; Sit at welcome table 4-5 pm to assist participants to sign-in.

2 of 4 slots filled
Judy Turner
Gisela von Storch

Grill and Serve Hotdogs (6)

Set-up at 4:00 pm; Prepare food & serve until 5:30 pm.

1 of 6 slots filled
Bob Feldmaier
Prefer time slot right after Trick or Treat

Popcorn Poppers and Servers (3)

Set-up is 5:00 pm; Prepare & serve popcorn to families watching movies until 7:00 pm.


Chaperones during movie times (3)

Asked to arrive by 6:15 pm to assist families in need of support during 6:30-8:30 pm movie time.

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