|Pumpkin patches like this one at Poinciana UMC, Miami Springs, are a fall mainstay at many Florida Conference churches.|
Many local churches offer safe alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Fall festivals, trunk-or-treat events and pumpkin patch sales can serve as community outreach as well as raise money for missions or youth ministries.
Others turn the focus to more on giving than receiving. Collecting for UNICEF or giving Fair Trade chocolate are ideas for using the occasion to "treat" or give to others
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(Teaser photo on the Florida Conference Connection home page from Wesley Church, West Melbourne.)