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Spring Hill First United Methodist Church treasurer Theresa Smith and her daughter, Chelsea, hand out treats to children last October during the church’s Trunk or Treat event. [First United Methodist Church Spring Hill]
Spring Hill First United Methodist Church treasurer Theresa Smith and her daughter, Chelsea, hand out treats to children last October during the church’s Trunk or Treat event. [First United Methodist Church Spring Hill]
Published Oct. 18, 2019

Fall festival time has arrived, and Hernando County churches are gearing up for free, fun activities for children of all ages. Non-scary costumes are encouraged for events.

Oct. 25

First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, will have a Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. with food, games, music, and a maze. Call (352) 683-2863.

Oct. 26

Grace World Outreach, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, will have its Fall Family Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family, including food, music, entertainment, games and contests for all ages. Call (352) 796-3685.

Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Fall Festival from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event includes carnival games, face painting, a bounce house, a dunk tank, a hayride, music and refreshments. Games are designed for children up to fifth grade. Call (352) 683-5882.

Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its annual Trunk or Treat from 4:30 to 6 p.m. “Children are invited to put on their costumes and join us for some free treats,” said Bill Vonada. Call (353) 596-0080.

Oct. 30

Brooksville First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., will have its annual Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. until dark. There will be candy, games, food and prizes. Call (352) 796-3363.

Oct. 31

Spring Hill First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will have its Trunk or Treat for all ages from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Our church parking lot will have over 20 trunks to partake of, and we will have some special photo opportunities with the Hernando County Sheriff’s mounted deputies coming to see the kids,” said Lorenda Rodriguez, director of ministry connections. Call (352) 683-2600.

Spring Hill Baptist Church, 3140 Mariner Blvd., will have its Fall Family Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. for children of all ages. "We invite your family to join us for an amazing trunk and treat, games, inflatable obstacles courses, bounce house and, of course, candy,” said Pastor Craig Houser. Call (352) 683-5685.

Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Harvest Fest from 6 to 8 p.m. Attractions for children through fifth grade include bounce houses, trunk or treating, candy and games. There will be a charge for food. “Our goal is to bless the families in our community with an exciting and safe place to celebrate the harvest season,” said Julian Escoda, Kids Life ministry director. Call (352) 293-7673.

Hope Community Bible Church, 13241 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will have a Trunk O’ Treat beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call (352) 686-6020.

Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Avenue West, Brooksville, will host a Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (352) 796-8331.

Christian Life Assembly of God, 13065 Jacqueline Road, Brooksville, will host its Harvest Fest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes carnival games, candy, prizes, a joust, a bounce house, an inflatable slide, a zip line and refreshments of hot dogs, water and snow cones. Also, there will be a special presentation in the church sanctuary with opportunities to win door prizes. Register online at Call (352) 597-1139.


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