Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 29, 2012

Many events offered for children on Halloween


— Towns and cities in the Goshen area have set official hours for trick-or-treating this week. Also, several churches and organizations are offering alternative’s to the traditional door-to-door begging for treats.

Here is a list of local events.



Wakarusa: 5 to 7 p.m.

Nappanee: 5 to 7 p.m. After trick-or-treating, a harvest party will be hosted by the American Legion.


Goshen: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Goshen: Noon to 5 p.m.

Elkhart: 6 to 8 p.m.

Shipshewana: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Bristol: 5 to 7 p.m.

Millersburg: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Middlebury: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday*

New Paris: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday*

Ligonier: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

* Middlebury will have a parade on West Warren Street after trick-or-treating and it will last until 7:30 p.m.

* New Paris — Members of the Lions Club will sponsor a Halloween party at the New Paris Elementary School gym at 7 p.m. Local pre-school children and students from New Paris and Benton Elementary schools are welcome to attend.   

Prizes will be presented in 10 categories and category winners will compete for a grand prize. Cider and doughnuts will be served to all in attendance.

Alternative events


• Goshen Christian Church, 2133 Berkey Ave., Goshen, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be games for the younger children, free hot cocoa, hot dogs and popcorn. For more information, call 574-533-8122.

• West Goshen Church of the Brethren, at the corner of Berkey and Dewey avenues, Goshen, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Along with treats, there will be a free hot dog supper.

• Radiant Life Church, 2936 Lillian Ave., Elkhart, will have a Fall Fun Fair Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This free event will feature five huge inflatable rides, prizes, candy and fun. The event will be held indoors. For details, visit www.radiantlife.us or call the church at 675-0996.

• Syracuse Church of God, 104 E. Washington St., 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. In addition to treats, there will be carnival games, kettle corn, and other activities for the children. All children are welcome.

• First Baptist Church of Goshen, at the corner of Plymouth and Indiana avenues, will present a fall carnival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Along with carnival games, hay rides, trunk-or-treat, bounce houses, cotton candy and popcorn, a 55-foot Ferris wheel is being added to the full sized carousel and mini-train rides that have been a feature of past carnivals. There will also be crafts available and illusionist John Begly will perform on the gym stage.

Each child will receive a free treat bag to fill with candy and prizes at the games and trunk-or-treat circle. All food, games, crafts and rides are free.

Parking is available at the church and at Goshen Middle School. Call 533-3139 or go on the church website at www.fbcgoshen.org for more information.

Rides will be available weather permitting, but the carnival itself will be open regardless of the weather.


• A Noah’s Ark Carnival at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, 63846 C.R. 35, Goshen, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Activities will include carnival games with prizes and candy, bounce house, guessing jar, pumpkin weight guess, family photos and door prizes.

Free concessions will include hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and apple cider. Costumes related to animals on Noah’s Ark are welcome, but not required. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Contact the church for more information at 642-3165.