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Red Bank Methodist sets the bar for Halloween events in Lexington County

Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) Red Bank United Methodist Church once again set the bar high for the many Halloween events that are scheduled for the next week in Lexington County. Their annual Trunk or Treat Spooktacular was again a phenomenal event, and if it and last weekend’s Fall Festival in South Congaree are a cross section of what the remainder of the many scheduled events are going to be like, it’s going to be a wonderful season of spooks, princesses, ghouls, Scooby-Doos, and other characters of every age and description; plus, there’ll be enough sweet treats to keep every dentist busy in the area for months to come!

Red Bank Methodist had so many families there enjoying the night that in truth, it was a bit hard to find a place to park. The church’s lot quickly overflowed as did both sides of Old Barnwell all the way out to South Lake Drive, and back in the other directions as far as one could see. The line to go through the Trunk or Treat wrapped around the building almost to Old Barnwell itself. People didn’t seem to mind and they chatted, danced to the music, and generally enjoyed the cool night weather as they waited.

Kevin Oliver, a longtime member of the church’s staff, held down the position of DJ for the night, and he had music from various eras thumping. That kept everyone entertained as they waited or simply wandered from activity to activity. Occasionally, spontaneous dance would break out as kids did everything from the worm to acrobatics, and the older crowd showed their age with dances like "The Swim," the "Mashed Potato," "The Twist," "The Hitchhiker,” or "The Watusi." It was great fun for those dancing and even the ones who watched.

There was so much FREE stuff that the crowd was delighted to score everything from hotdog dinners provided by the Boy Scouts, to popcorn, sno-cones, and cotton candy. Blake Casanova was there twisting his artistic balloon animals and believe me when I say, this man is the best at what he does. Any balloon twister can make a dog or a sword, Blake makes full figures of Batman, Superman, or crowns that will have others bowing at the feet of the royalty it adorns. All of his art was given away FREE for the kids, compliments of the church as well.

There were games of all kinds like bounce houses, bean bag tosses, and other activities as well. While all this was happening, lots of door prizes from eateries such as the Backyard Café, Highway 55, Zaxby’s, and many others had the adults with one ear tuned to the DJ who was breaking the beats to call numbers for the winners.

Ashley, a representative of the church, said Wednesday that this event is an outreach to the community. “We feel that the best way to serve our community is by inviting them in and showing them Christ's love,” she said. If even a small fraction of the thousand or more that attended last night decided to show up Sunday and become a part of this dynamic church’s programs, they better have some folding chairs ready near the sanctuary; they’re certainly going to need them.

Red Bank United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Old Barnwell Road and South Lake Drive in the heart of old Red Bank. You can find out more about it and its programs, check them out on the web at

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