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Harvest Festival Draws Huge Costumed Crowd
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Siblings Kadence Junqueiro, 3½, at left and 18-month-old Everly take the chance to share some quality time with a rabbit at the harvest festival petting zoo.
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A miniature horse, Lucky, was brought to the harvest festival by Don Silveira, left and was kept busy providing rides for the kids. Here, Evan Klein, 3, smiles as mom Amanda, at right, snaps a photo.
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Cousins Tallon Koolhaas, 3, at left and Johnny VanderSchaaf concentrate on painting their mini pumpkins to take home from the Escalon Christian Reformed Church harvest party on Saturday.

A Saturday evening Harvest Festival, hosted at the Escalon Christian Reformed Church on Oct. 27, saw well over 200 youngsters and adult chaperones coming through to enjoy games, candy, food, crafts and more.

Most of those attending came in costume and had the chance to take part in games both inside the church and a variety of activities outside including mini-pumpkin painting, miniature horse rides, a bounce house, face painting, a petting zoo and more. Inside, there was a cake walk, games including hole-in-one, knock down the cans, ring toss and others where the ultimate goal was collecting candy and treats.

In between the festivities, church members served up pizza slices, fruit and drinks so those attending could re-fuel. The festival events were free for the community.

Organizers have hosted the harvest party at the church for the past few years and this year seemed to draw one of the larger crowds, giving families the chance to enjoy the Halloween celebration together.

Meanwhile, Escalon Covenant Church will host its annual Trunk or Treat event for local youngsters on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. The church is at 1155 Escalon Avenue and the festivities will run from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a free hot dog dinner provided along with games, candy, music and fun. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy Halloween in a fun, safe atmosphere.

The parking lot at Escalon Covenant will be filled with decorated cars with trunks full of candy, and attendees will play games to earn their prizes. It’s an alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating and is open to all ages.