For some parents, the thought of children venturing door to door requesting sweet treats on Halloween night can be, well, terrifying. With rising concerns about candy precautions and the increased risk of vehicular dangers as children dash through neighborhoods, other ways to celebrate the holiday serve as seemingly safe alternatives.
From haunted houses to pumpkin patches, one such offering is Immanuel’s Temple Systems of Church, a nondenominational Christian church located in Northwest Las Vegas, which has expanded its annual Hallelujah Night into a two-night event of games, scares and lots of candy on October 28 and 31.
Last year’s celebration was Western themed, and took place in the venue’s parking lot, where church members passed out an assortment of goodies from their decorated trunks. There was also a zombie hunt, more than a dozen games and a dance off.
“Many people would ask us, why didn’t we advertise,” says minister Rachel Owens-Van Cobb, the event coordinator. “Even during our events in past years people would tell us they felt that our scare zones were scarier than some of Vegas’ top haunted attractions, so it inspired us to open the event up to the city this year.”
Attendees can expect “faith-filled-fun,” which Owens-Van Cobb says means “to come out and not only have a good time, but hopefully this will inspire people to have faith, believe big and know that no matter what fight our city may face that with a faith-filled-fight we will win.
“My hope is that we come together as a community. Everywhere you go you see Vegas Strong. There is no greater strength than those who can stand up and defeat evil by coming together and unifying,” she adds.
Attendees can venture through the apocalyptic city to restore peace and abate evil, stop at the war vehicles along the way for goodies and games, evade zombies in the escape zone, test their aim and agility at some of the main attractions as well as chow on tasty treats. There’s also a parade of captured enemies along with two different magic acts each night.
Tickets start at $7 for kids and $10 for adults, Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31, doors open at 6 p.m. event ends at 9:30 p.m., 2610 Fire Mesa St., immanuelstemple.com.