B'ville: A Halloween alternative

Trick or treating isn't as safe as it used to be.

That's why Word of Life and Abbott's Farms are offering an alternative to the traditional Halloween. And it's free.

"People have become more resistant to walking on streets at night to the homes of strangers," said Josh Czyz, a pastor at Word of Life. "This is a very safe alternative to those who would rather a controlled environment."

Be sure to tell your children not to worry, because they won't be missing out on collecting treats.

"All attendees (while supplies last) will have donuts, cider and a bag of candy," Czyz said.

The event will also feature hayrides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, an inflatable slide and an apple cannon for the entire family to enjoy. Abbott's Farms owners, Warren and Karen Abbott, are providing the location and entertainment, and many of their employees are donating their time.

"Their generosity is making this event possible," Czyz said. "Warren and Karen, and several of their employees have been faithful and committed members of Word of Life."

Why offer a free event like this?

"It's an investment into the community," Czyz said. "Through these events, people can learn who we are, what we're about and that we are really here for them. If we can have that impact on one individual, or many individuals, it makes it a great benefit to us."

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Abbott's Farms on Route 370 in Lysander.

"Anyone that has children that would enjoy the activities and appreciate the goodies is more than welcome," Czyz said.

For more information, call 638-8870 or visit wordoflifeag.org.

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