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Fun and games: Local churches offer safe alternatives for Halloween celebrations

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Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Mon Nov 1, 2010.

For decades, parents felt it was perfectly safe to let their children go door-to-door in their most ghoulish costumes, say, "trick-or-treat," and pick up their treasured candy.

But today, there's a greater trend to take their children to church for a more supervised Halloween. Several churches in the Lodi-Galt area were busy entertaining children and adults alike on Saturday and Sunday.

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  • Jay Samone posted at 7:56 am on Tue, Nov 2, 2010.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Carol,

    I thank you for acknowledging my comments. I realize that many people probably enjoyed the evening and had a great time. From where we were standing - our outlook was way different. We had several parents hand us tons of tickets and tell us they were going to Temple's festival or somewhere else in general. It made me sad to see this because usually St. Peters festival is packed and we have considered it the best in town where both the parents and kids have a great time. As far as the junk food - Halloween is the one time the kids get to eat nachos and hot dogs and chips with free reign because we don't eat like that in our house normally. So a turkey dinner for us is just like any other day (without all the special trimmings). My comments were in no way a personal reflection on your hard work this year. This festival is a combined effort with many parents involved as well and their participation was severely lacking. I spoke to several school parents who attended. They had similar complaints, but yet they didn't volunteer to man the booths or bake any cakes either. I do not attend St. Peters, but I have relatives that do and that is why we go and support the church and school every year. I hope that you can take my feedback, along with others and gain a better understanding of how to handle it next year.

    Thank you.

     
  • Carol Krendl posted at 5:10 pm on Mon, Nov 1, 2010.

    Carol Krendl Posts: 1

    Jay,
    Thank you so much for your comments on our Harvest Festival. This was my first year as Chairman of the Harvest Festival and I certainly know that we can improve on our event. You might remember me, I believe that I greeted you at the ticket table. And, the turkey dinner was my idea. My intent was that our kids would eat a better meal instead of feasting on the candy and junk food. I have made notes of your comments and will work hard to do a better event next year. Again, thank you!
    Carol Krendl

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 11:18 am on Mon, Nov 1, 2010.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Our families went to St. Peter's Harvest Festival. Won't ever go again. We go every year. This year was HORRIBLE. We were there for about two hours too long. Half the booths were unattended, the games were crammed together, no bounce houses or outside games for the older kids, the "cakewalk" was supposed to have desserts as prizes (and there wasn't) and the candy was crappy for the kids. The game monitors doled out ONE PIECE of candy per game but each game cost two tickets. We spent $40 in tickets just to get crappy candy and two 2-Ltr bottles of cheap 99cent soda we'll never drink. The usual junk food (hot dogs, nachos, chips) the kids were looking forward to was replaced with an $8 turkey dinner with iced tea or yellow colored water ("lemonade") and $2 sodas that didn't come with the meal. Every plate was doled out like they were running out (unless you were a parent in the school and they knew you)and it was only 5:30. The food tasted like it was canned and the pumpkin pie was monitored so no one could have seconds (considering the miserly portions they gave with the turkey can you blame anyone for filling up on dessert?) For that $8 I could have had a FAR better dinner at any restaurant in town and enjoyed it much more. The money spent there was beyond a waste. NEVER. AGAIN. Makes me wonder how much of this was really for the kids. It seemed more to me like the PTA was in it to make some money.

     
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