Safe alternative to Halloween offered at Mt. Carmel

A Fall Festival, “Night of Safety,” is offered as a Christian alternative to Halloween from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, 2025 N. 12th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The event is free and open to the public, and is geared to children.

There will be food, a moonwalk, games and activities for children.

According to a spokesman, since a recent drive-by shooting happened in the area, many persons could be afraid to “trick or treat,” and this event is being offered as a safe alternative.

Members of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, along with leaders and churches in the community, plan to attend.

Those attending are asked to stay at the event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., although they also may stay through the entire event until 8 p.m.

“With serious thoughts and prayers, our church is committed to be there for the healing process of our neighborhood,” a spokesman said.

Discussion on arts plan to be Thursday night

A Town Hall discussion on a regional plan for the arts was postponed to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Donnelly College, Meeting Room, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The One Arts KC regional cultural plan will identify the cultural needs of five counties in the area. Such topics as arts education and arts revitalization may be discussed, as well as communications, and arts economic development.

Existing resources will be evaluated as to how they meet the needs, and a plan for change will be discussed.

Residents may speak on how they envision the future cultural arts scene.

To make a reservation, contact Kathleen Daily at or 816-994-9225. There will be light refreshments at the meeting.

Originally scheduled Wednesday night, this town hall meeting was postponed because of the World Series game.

Alcott Arts Center plans Halloween event

The Alcott Arts Center will hold a “Super Heroes and Villains” theme safe Halloween event for children from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan.

Children may dress up in Halloween costumes, meet super heroes and villains characters on the decorated south lawn of the center, where they can trick-or-treat. Parents may bring a camera to take a picture of the child with the superheroes.

There also will be children’s face painting by Sheryl Nance Durst, and posters by artist Darryl Woods will be drawn.

There is no charge for the event.

Donations of candy and items to give away are being accepted for this event. There are often 400 to 600 children attending this event, according to organizers. Call 913-233-2787 or email to arrange for drop-offs of donations.