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First Baptist Church hosts Halloween Trunk or Treat

  • Gail Ewell, dressed as The Cat in the Hat of Dr. Seuss fame, passes out candy at the Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration Saturday hosted by the First Baptist Church of Marion.

    Gail Ewell, dressed as The Cat in the Hat of Dr. Seuss fame, passes out candy at the Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration Saturday hosted by the First Baptist Church of Marion.
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  • Velma Farmer-Hill, a member of the First Baptist Church of Marion, doles out some cups of chili Saturday at the Halloween celebration hosted by the church.

    Velma Farmer-Hill, a member of the First Baptist Church of Marion, doles out some cups of chili Saturday at the Halloween celebration hosted by the church.
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  • Kamryn Shill, 13, and Alexis Ucci, 13, both seventh-graders at Marion Junior High School, get condiments for their corn dogs and chili at the annual Halloween celebration at the First Baptist Church of Marion Saturday.

    Kamryn Shill, 13, and Alexis Ucci, 13, both seventh-graders at Marion Junior High School, get condiments for their corn dogs and chili at the annual Halloween celebration at the First Baptist Church of Marion Saturday.
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  • From left: Hadlie Nielsen, 3, Tinsley Lefler, 3, Amanda Lefler and daughter, Avery dress up as characters from Alice in Wonderland Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Marion.

    From left: Hadlie Nielsen, 3, Tinsley Lefler, 3, Amanda Lefler and daughter, Avery dress up as characters from Alice in Wonderland Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Marion.
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  • Sebastian Goff, 11, dressed as Waldo from Where's Waldo, gets his hands on some candy Saturday at the Halloween celebration hosted by the First Baptist Church in Marion.

    Sebastian Goff, 11, dressed as Waldo from Where's Waldo, gets his hands on some candy Saturday at the Halloween celebration hosted by the First Baptist Church in Marion.
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  • Emma Long, 6, of Marion, visits with Susan Summers, portraying the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. Summers was holding her dog, who most attendees took to be Toto.

    Emma Long, 6, of Marion, visits with Susan Summers, portraying the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. Summers was holding her dog, who most attendees took to be Toto.
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BY JOHN HOMAN
Managing Editor jhoman@localsouthernnews.com
updated: 10/23/2018 2:38 PM

MARION -- Dozens of children, sporting a variety of different costumes, scurried about Saturday collecting candy and other treats from the trunks of cars belonging to members of the First Baptist Church in Marion as part of the church's annual Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration.

"Things started out a little slow today, but have really picked up," said Carol Rix, children's director at the church. "It's certainly much better than last year when it was really cold."

Rix said the annual event has been ongoing for more than a decade at the church.

"It's a family-friendly event. We used to call it a fall festival, but now it's Trunk or Treat and those church members who choose to participate do a really nice job dressing up, decorating their trunks and interacting with the kids."

Rix said the church pays for the free corn dogs that were distributed, as well as popcorn and drinks. Members brought 16 crockpots full of chili, as well as candy.

Church pastor, Bob Dickerson, said he was delighted with the turnout.

"We got to meet a lot of new people today," he said. "Everybody seemed to be having a good time. It's just a safe place to have some fun."

Dickerson also thanked the Marion Police and Fire Departments for appearing at the event and engaging with the families.

"This kind of event today is what our church is all about -- reaching out to the people of the community. I think people have come to enjoy it and look forward to it over the years."