All Treats, No Tricks Upcoming
By LORETTA FULTON
Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, All Saints Day and All Souls Day will be observed in the coming days, with plenty of fun mixed in with solemn religious traditions.
For the second consecutive year, Pioneer Drive Baptist Church is commandeering Cypress Street for a fun-filled festival Wednesday, Oct. 26, and everyone is invited. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Cypress Street will be blocked off between North Second and North Fourth streets for trunk-or-treat, food, and games. Many other churches are hosting trunk-or-treat events or festivals. All are free and open to the public.
On the more serious side, religious and cultural observances also are scheduled. Many churches observe All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which fall on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively. All Saints Day is set side to honor the saints of the church, while All Souls Day commemorates “all the faithful departed.”
Among the most festive of all the observances will be at least two Dia de los Muertos events, both scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. The Grace Museunm is hosting a free event , which will feature Ballet Folklorico dancers from St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Church, snacks, crafts, and a community ofrenda or offering. Everyone is invited to bring something representing a deceased loved one for the ofrenda display.
The main branch of the Abilene Public Library will host a Dia de los Muertos celebration, featuring a story by Roseanne Greenfield. After the reading, sugar skulls, also known as calaveras, and their symmetrical designs will be studied. Guests will be challenged to see if they can complete the other half of a sugar skull drawing.
Other downtown businesses are partnering with the Grace and the library for various activities, including marigold headbands distributed at North’s Funeral Home, face painting and papel picado at the Center for Contemporary Arts, book readings and games at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, and book readings at Seven and One Books.
Dia de los Muertos has been observed by indigenous people of Mexico for centuries It is so significant that in 2008 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the day to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Following is a listing of some festivals or trunk-or-treat events coming up:
PIONEER DRIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Downtown, Cypress Street
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 26
Fall Family Fellowship includes snacks, trunk or treat, games
ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
1741 Sayles Blvd.
5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE HEAVENLY REST
602 Meander St.
5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct 31
Trunk-or-treat , games, crafts
UNIVERSITY CHURCH OF CHRIST
733 E.N. 6th St.
5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30
Fall Carnival Under the Big Top
Food, trunk-or-treat , games, costumes welcomed
SOUTHERN HILLS CHURCH OF CHRIST
3666 Buffalo Gap Road
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
The Toaster Traveler and Express Oak Coffee Trucks will be on site.
WYLIE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
3430 Antilley Road
4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
Trunk-or-treat . Car decorations
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
5125 Antilley Road
4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
WYLIE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
6250 Buffalo Gap Road
4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Fall festival includes food, fellowship, games
WYLIE BAPTIST CHURCH
6097 Buffalo Gap Road
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
Family fall festival with food, May Farm animals, crafts, games, car rally, illusionist, inflatables
HIGHLAND CHURCH OF CHRIST
4:30-6:30 Sunday, Oct. 30
Fall festival at 2701 Fulwiler Road
Food, games, candy and more
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
1333 N. Third St.
5:30- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
Trunk-or-treat in south parking lot
SOUTHWEST PARK BAPTIST CHURCH
2901 S. 20th St.
6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
Fall Fest includes food, candy, games, music
Loretta Fulton is editor of Spirit of Abilene