October 3, 2023

Magnolia Church’s Halloween Block Party on Oct. 31 was a free event that allowed the  community to come together as one. The party provided a place for families to come and trick or treat, eat and participate in fun activities such as carnival games. 

Magnolia Church, located on the corner of Magnolia and Adams streets, hosted the entire event. Volunteers from all throughout the community came together as one in an effort to help run the event.

California Baptist University’s engineering students assisted in setting up and taking down the multiple game booths and the stage, which helped the church.

Joni Lum, children minister at Magnolia Church, elaborated on how much the event meant to the community.

“We just wanted to bless the community with a safe and fun night. Families may not feel safe going out on a night like Halloween, so we provide that safe space for them,” Lum said.

Some of the food items included s’mores, popcorn and cotton candy. Multiple vendors attended as well, offering their products for a small cost. The most notable vendor was, Kona Ice, offering shaved ice with a variety of flavors. 

Shanna Done, senior film major, said she enjoyed the free Halloween-themed activities offered at the event.

“I loved the carnival. It was so fun and there were a lot of cute activities that we could do for free. My favorite part was the make-your-own s’mores station for sure,” Done said.

In addition to the vendors, Magnolia Church also had a variety of carnival-style game booths that were free of charge. From archery to ball toss, there was a game for everyone. 

Kendall Billings, senior political science major, said she appreciated the student-friendly environment.

“Overall, it was a great carnival for families. It was super-cute with so much to entertain visitors and their families,” Billings said.

Kids and adults alike had a fun night at Magnolia Church’s Block Party filled with candy, laughter and good food. 

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