By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Dozens of churches and businesses held free and fun festivities in the Hub City for Halloween this year, providing a safe way for kids around town to enjoy the holiday.
Nearly 7,000 people attended the "Family Fun Fest" at the Civic Center sponsored by the First Baptist Church. "We ran out of candy a little while ago and we're about to run out again in about an hour," said one of the 70 volunteers.
From little ladybugs to spooky skeletons, families dressed up for the "trunk-or-treating" at the fest, going from car to car to get candy. "I came here with my dad. There's just so much stuff to do," said Dennis Nortiz, wearing a master chief costume from the video game Halo.
"We have been jumping a lot, going in lines for the candy, and I've actually had a lot of fun," said another trick-or-treater.
The Family Fun Fest was just one of many churches throwing Halloween bashes across Lubbock. "We have a train that's going by, and we had lots of candy and games and prizes," said Angela Starnes, a member of the Christian Life Assembly of God.
Families visiting Christian Life got a special visit from a monster … truck, that is. "It's exciting, the monster truck was kind of our big thing we had never done before," said Starnes. It's just one of the new trick-or-treating traditions bringing families together.
"It's very nice because I think it's better you know to come to a church than it is down the blocks," said Tara Andrews, who brought her daughter to the monster truck show.
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