Halloween yes or no? (see below for list of "Halloween Alternative" Parties)
Hey Googlers - This is the page for Halloween Alternatives for 2012.  For 2013 - CLICK HERE
We've all pretty much made up our minds about Halloween-and they keep changing.  Some of us Christians still celebrate it, some of us hide and turn off our lights. (There are many great websites that can help you find where you should be - but not this one)

 In my family, we don't celebrate it and we don't turn off the lights. 

 First, we read kids books about the correlation of Christianity and Halloween.  Some of them say "yea" and some say "nay".  We can decide for ourselves. 

 We go to "Halloween Alternative" parties and then on Halloween night, we give out Christian tracts to the kids who are trick-or-treating (you can get both the books and the tracts at the Family Christian Store).  I let my kids dress up to give out the tracts if they want.  No, I don't just give them tracts, I fill a little baggie full of candy and "gospel toys" from Oriental Trading and the tract, so that the kids can see that Christians are "cool".  Yes, kind of sad, but I AM cool. 


  So I've listed all the Christian and Church Halloween Alternative Parties (Hallelujah Parties, fall festivals, pumpkin patches, trunk or treat, harvest parties) in and around Arvada, Colorado (Westminster, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, NW Denver etc..)

Halloween Alternative Parties 2012  

Arvada Covenant Church

  • Community Fall Festival
  • Sunday, October 28th 2:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Break out your most creative costume and join us for carnival-style games, a crazy photo booth (bring your own camera!), costume contest and awesome door prizes.
  • This is an event you don't want to miss. Be sure to invite your friends! We promise you'll have a good time...
  • For additional information, Click here.


Crossroads Church of Denver

  • 9725 West 50th Avenue
  • Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
  • Trunk R Treat
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Pot Luck in Main Lobby, Vehicles East Parking Lot
  • Bring the whole family! Decorate your vehicle and/or dress in costume if you’d like. 
  • Bring treats and your vehicle to the designated area in the East Parking Lot and be ready by 6:15 PM. Costumes and vehicle decoration are optional and not required to participate.
  • We will kick off this event with a pot luck in our main lobby at 5:30pm. Children will begin their trunkRtreat at 6:30pm in East Parking Lot and end by 7:30pm.


 Tri City Baptist Church

  • Hero House
  • Wednesday, October 31st 5:30pm
  • Gym


Christ Community Covenant Church

  • Fall Festival
  • Fri, October 26, 6pm – 8pm


Lookout Mountain Community Church

  • Youth Trick or Can
  • Wed, October 31, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Meet at 534 Commons Dr. (map)
  • Youth are "trick-or-treating" for canned food donations. Come dressed up in a costume! 


Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

  • October 14th, 4-6
  • Lafayette
  • Hot dogs & smores are provided, you bring a side dish.  Call the Church 303-452-5478 for more information and to RSVP.  Hayrides, horses, and a fire.  They may even have goats to pet. 


Heritage Community Bible Church

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Wednesday October 31st, 5:30pm-8:30pm
  •  5615 W. 64th Ave
  • Arvada, Colorado
  • Heritage will again sponsor a Halloween Alternative Carnival, an evening of food, free games/prizes and candy.  This is an OUTREACH event, so tell others!  The purpose is to provide an atmosphere of wholesome fun, fellowship and food to the community (or you can join for dinner for a minimal fee)


Westwoods Community Church

  • Fall Festival
  • Westwoods and Colorado Christian University sponsored Fall Festival.   More details to come!


  • Kids Harvest Party
  • October 31st 6pm-8pm
  • Come for a fun and free night including:  dinner, fun game booths, costume contest, object lessons and prizes!  Come dressed up in a costume that celebrates Jesus!!!  Bring the whole family for a night of fun!

Together Churches of Golden

  • Fall Festival
  • Hillside Community Church at 103 N. Ford Street in Golden
  • October 27, 1-4pm
  • There will be carnival games, prizes and a chili cook-off.  Wear your non-scary costume and come join the fun!


Phillips United Methodist Church

  • 1450 South Pierce St Lakewood, Colorado 80232
  • Nov. 6 - 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Smash


Denver Rescue Mission

  • Harvest Farm Festival
  • 10th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze
  • Join us this October for the 10th anniversary of the Harvest Farm Fall Festival and corn maze in Wellington, Colorado. The Festival opens October 5th and runs through October 28th.  Proceeds go to Denver Rescue Mission.


Risen Savior Lutheran Church

  • Trunk or Treat
  • 3031 W. 144th Avenue
    Broomfield, CO 80023
  • Saturday, Oct 27 2012,
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Free Candy! Free Apple Cider & Hot Chocolate! Fairy princesses and furry monsters alike are invited to come to a Trunk or Treat event where cars are parked, trunks are opened up, decorated and candy is passed out from the car trunks. A safe and fun-filled one stop alternative to trick or treating!


Crossroads Church 

  • 10451 Huron Street, Northglenn, CO 80234
  • Light Night Community Carnival
  • Wednesday October 31st
  • Bring your friends and family for a Halloween alternative at our Northglenn or Ft. Lupton campuses.


North Metro Church

  • 12505 Colorado Blvd.  Thornton, CO
  • Looney Tunes Family Fun Festival
  • October 26th - 6pm-9pm
  • Bring a non-perishable food item to help support a local food bank!  Hot dog meals available at aminimal cost while supplies last!  Costume contest, live musci, games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, popcorn, and lots of candy!  Fun for the whole family.  Dress up in your favorite Looney Tunes Character


Flatirons Church

  • Friday October 26 - 6:30-9pm
  • 355 W South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026
  • Fall Fest (for Families with Kids 5th grade or younger)
  • Come and enjoy a fun and safe alternative to Halloween. The night includs inflatables, face painting, carnival games, and Trunk or Treat.
  • Fall Festival is a free event for families. We do ask that each family bring at least one bag of candy as “admission” to the event. All are welcome.


 Mile High Vineyard

  • 5445 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
  • Carnifal
  • October 26th; 6-8pm
  • "Carnifall is our annual fall festival with bouncy houses, a pumkin patch, face painting and more!  Bring your family, friends and neighbors"


Faith Bible Chapel (Ward Road)

  • Free Kids Party
  • Monday, October 31, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • This indoor party includes carnival games, inflatables, candy, prizes, face painting, animal balloons and Kiddieland, along with outdoor activities as weather permits, all in a safe environment.  Costumes and all ages are welcome, food will be available for purchase.

 Faith Bible Chapel (Carr St.)

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Come be a part of TRUNK OR TREAT on Sunday, October 28th 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Carr Campus parking lot.
  • TRUNK OR TREAT is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Come decorate your car, dress in family appropriate costumes, and pass out candy to neighborhood kids.


Grace Church of Arvada

  • Heroes Unmasked - Family Fall Festival
    Friday - October 26, 6:00 to 9:00pm
  • 6969 Sheridan Blvd.
  • Arvada, CO 80003
  • Invite your family & friends to Discover the Secrets of the Empty Cave
    • Travel back in time to meet: Moses, Esther, Noah, Elijah and David
    • Games, Crafts and Fun
    • Free Family/Group Photo
    • Free candy
    • SUPERHERO GAMES featuring: Thor / Spiderman / Captain America
    • Family-friendly costumes welcomed *


  Foothills Community Church

  • October Blast
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:30-8:30
  • 8270 W 80th Ave, Unit 2
  • Arvada, CO 80005
  • A safe and fun family Halloween event. Come trick-or-treat in the FCC parking lot transformed by dozens of decorated car trunks and vehicles. Costumes are encouraged (no scary costumes please).


Northwest Friends Church

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Wed, October 31, 4pm – 10pm
  •  9889 West 66th Ave., Arvada, CO
  • Harvest Carnival and Canned Food Drive
  • 10/27/2012  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Are you looking for a safe, fun, family-friendly alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating? On Saturday, October 27, Colorado Christian University invites you to bring your children to our 16th annual CCU Harvest Carnival. The activities will be geared towards children through age 12. There will be lots of carnival games, candy, and rides. There will also be a costume contest and parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. The entire Denver Metro community is invited to take part in this FREE fun-filled event! See our campus map for directions to CCU. Please use the Garrison Street entrance and watch for signs for parking.
  • In conjunction with the Harvest Carnival, CCU will be collecting non-perishable/canned food items to be donated to our friends living on the Northern Arapahoe Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Please consider helping us in our collection efforts by bringing an item or two and dropping them in the bins at the entrance to the Harvest Carnival!


Abundant Life Community Church

  • 7100 Wadsworth Blvd
  • Arvada, CO 80003We will be having a Fall Carnival on Oct. 31st, 6:30-8:30 with games, a chili cook-off, and lots of candy for the kids. You can help by donating candy and helping with the evening's activities. Watch for more info coming soon.


North Metro Church

  • Fall Family Funfest
  • 12505 Colorado Blvd
    Thornton,CO 80241
  • October 26, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Get ready for bouncers, games, face painting, costume contest, music and of course candy!


Calvary South Denver

  • October 31st, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Calvary South Denver will be hosting our annual Fall Festival on Wednesday October 31st, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  Join us for a free fun-filled, family-friendly, Christ-centered event!  Bring a bag of candy to donate!
  • We are also accepting monetary donations to help with the cost of the event.  There will be inflatables, food, games, cake walk and more!  (Please no scary costumes)


Arvada Baptist Church

  • Trunk or Treat
  • 8350 Pomona Dr.
    Arvada, CO 80005
  • Wednesday, Oct 31 2012,
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Come and join us at Arvada Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 31st, for our FREE "Trunk or Treat" event. It will begin at 7:00 P.M. and conclude by 8:30 P.M. We are located at 8350 Pomona Dr. in Arvada, CO. We hope you can come by and enjoy a fun and safe time with your family.


First Southern Baptist Church of Westminster

  • 7990 Lowell Blvd
    Westminster, CO 80030
  • Fall Festival Carnival
  • Wednesday October 31 - 6pm-8pm


New Song Church and Ministries

  • 8242 Pecos Street, Denver, CO 80221
  • Harvestfest & Chili Supper
  • Sat, October 27, 6pm – 8pmYoung and old fun night with games and candy. Plus, the annual Chili Supper--bring your best chili recipe in a crock pot. Please bring a bag of candy per adult for the games if you are able to do so. Thank you! We do need help setting up on Friday and Saturday afternoon; please contact Pastor Ray or sign up in the church foyer if you are able to help.


Mean Street Ministry

  • 1380 Ammons, Lakewood, Colorado 80214
  • Wednesday October 31st 5pm-7pm
  • Trunk or Treat in partnership with New Life in Christ. In addition to trunk or treat there will be games, Gospel tracts and food. Mean Street to serve hot dogs. This event is an outreach and provides a safe alternative to trick or treating for the working poor community.


Victory Church

  • 11777 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, CO 80020
  • Wild West County Fair
  • Wednesday October 31st, 6pm-9pm




"Christian" Halloween Resources

The Truth about Halloween - Some DVDs that help you decide

The 5 scariest things you can do this halloween - click here

Other Fall things like pumpkin patches, races, and festivals - click here

 I read a great article about it on the Family Christian Stores Website that can help you if you are still deciding (click here).

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