Trick-or-treating alternative gives families safer halloween environment

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COLUMBIA — Christian Fellowship Church has found a way to create a safe trick-or-treating environment for families.

The Fall Festival is similar to the trick-or-treating scene but has some added bonuses. Along with handing out candy, the festival includes bounce houses, dunk tanks, a maze and a tractor pull.

Communications Coordinator for the Fall Festival Danny Brugmann said the event is about building community relations.

"We have a vision to really love our community in fun, practical ways and we want to meet the community," Brugmann said.

Mother of two Bethany Cox brought her children to last year's Fall Festival and said she highly recommends it because of the environment.

"It's nice to be able to come to a place that's safe," Cox said. "You don't have to worry about the scary costumes or the candy you're going to get."

Ozark Biscuit Mountain, D Dee's Kettle Korn, Kona Ice and Lilly's Cantina are local food truck businesses that are being added to this year's line-up. This is the first year the festival has included food trucks as part of the festivities.

"We're really excited about having food trucks here because we know there are some people who follow the food trucks," Brugmann said.

Several Columbia businesses are sponsoring the event including Chick-fil-A and Socket.

The coordinators Fall Festival said more than 1,200 people attended in 2015. The coordinators for this year said they are expecting more people to participate this year.

The event will take place Monday night from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.