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Several alternatives available for trick-or-treat night

Trick-or-treat night is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 in Blair County, including Tyrone, Bellwood, Antis Township, Snyder Township and Warriors Mark.
However, for those who don’t want to go door to door that evening, there are several alternative options available.
First Assembly of God Church will host its annual “Light the Night” event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the church’s parking lot behind Burger King. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the church’s fellowship hall.
There will be games, prizes, face painting, puppet shows and crafts. Also, free candy, hot dogs, popcorn, cider and hot chocolate. Also, Handi the Clown will once again entertain visitors with his balloon art. There is also the possibility of a special surprise visitor this year.
And best of all, everything is free.
According to Pastor Glunt, “We will, with God’s help, continue (to offer) this night of activities for our Tyrone children because we receive a lot of very positive feedback from the community concerning this program.”
The event was started as a way to provide parents with a safe, well-lit, controlled atmosphere where they can bring their families.
“Every year, there are those who come to Light the Night who want to pay or give us money. Although we appreciate that, we don’t seek any donations,” said Glunt. “Light the Night is a gift from the people of First Assembly of God to our community.”
He invites everyone to stop by and say hello, adding, “I’ll be hiding behind the popcorn machine.”
Also, First Presbyterian Church in Tyrone will host “Halloween Hospitality” on October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This event is for everyone. Children will receive a treat and have a chance to win a great prize by guessing the correct number of candies in a jar.
Finally, a “Light the Night” activity will be held at the residence of Lynn and Shelby Shaffer at 2114 Columbia Avenue.
The whole family is invited to spend the evening enjoying events such as games, music, food and door prizes. Special activities include a live praise band, Plinko, jumbo golf, leap the dips, a bird seed search, spinning wheel and feed the frog. Hot chocolate, hot dogs and popcorn will also be available.
Activities are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. A youth rally will follow, beginning at 8 p.m.
The event is free to the public and made possible by donations from the community.
For more information about this event call Shelby at 684-3547. To make a donation, contact Kevin and Sandy Detwiler at 684-5933.
Trick-or-treating door-to-door can be a dangerous activity without the appropriate supervision and precautions. Wear bright colors and make sure masks do not hinder the ability to see.
These Light the Night events provide a fun and safe alternative environment for children and families during Halloween.
But remember, there will be many children going door-to-door Thursday evening so be cautious when driving and watch for trick-or-treaters.