Area church hosts alternative to Trick-or-Treat

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The Harvest Party has been going on at Petrey Memorial Baptist Church in Hazard for 50 years.

“It is an alternative term that puts a highlight on the end of the crop season,” said Pastor Bill Scott

Organizers of the event say that they want everyone who came out t to know they are welcome all of the time and the fun is for all ages.>

“We want to show love to everybody who comes and to let them know that they are not just welcome here tonight, that they are welcome here all of the time for all of our programs and all of our services so that's basically what we want to get across is that the door is always open,” said Mitch Fields, a Youth Leader and parent.

Fields’ 17-year-old son was also at the event.

They said that they want to give their neighbors an option to celebrate the season, rather than the Halloween trick-or-treating option that others choose.

“We as Christians, primarily, while we have nothing against little children running around in costumes, feel as a church we need to focus on something more positive for families,” said Scott.
“We just chose this as an alternative rather than celebrating All Hallows Eve.”

“You can't be too safe with kids today and instead of having them walking up and down the streets in unknown neighborhoods we feel like that here at the church we can provide them with a safer alternative,” said Fields.

Around 150 turned out for the event.


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