• Stephanie Koehl (dressed as St. Therese) teaches children how to make necklaces in the  St. Therese room during the "Light in the Night" celebration, an alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating activities sponsored by the Ord Military Community Chapel. Crafts were a popular activity for many of the children in attendance. The activity served as an precursor to the November 1st celebration of All Saints Day.

    Making crafts at "Light in the Night"

    Stephanie Koehl (dressed as St. Therese) teaches children how to make necklaces in the St. Therese room during the "Light in the Night" celebration, an alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating activities sponsored by the Ord Military...

  • Natalie Lennon (right) helps Isabella Maleika make her own crown in the St. Elizabeth of Hungary room during the "Light in the Night" celebration, an alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating activities sponsored by the Ord Military Community Chapel. Crafts were a popular activity for many of the children in attendance.

    Making crafts at "Light in the Night"

    Natalie Lennon (right) helps Isabella Maleika make her own crown in the St. Elizabeth of Hungary room during the "Light in the Night" celebration, an alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating activities sponsored by the Ord Military...

  • Tony Whipkey poses as a Jedi Knight during the "Light in the Night" celebration, an alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating activities sponsored by the Ord Military Community Chapel.

    "Light in the Night"

    Tony Whipkey poses as a Jedi Knight during the "Light in the Night" celebration, an alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating activities sponsored by the Ord Military Community Chapel.

The Ord Military Community Chapel hosted the "Light in the Night" festival Halloween night for service members and their families.
The event was designed to provide a safer and far less scary alternative to more traditional Halloween celebrations.
"Light in the Night" took six weeks of planning by the Chapel staff which included bouncing houses, games, and a talent show sponsored by the Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC).
The talent show had a wide variety of acts consisting of singing, dancing and comedy. A Frisbee artist and puppet show were also thrown in for good measure.
Kids participating in the talent show needed little convincing to show off their talents for their friends and parents.
"They were jumping at the chance to be in the talent show," said PWOC President and mother of two, Corrie Chitwood, " as soon as their parents mentioned it to them, they were ready to go."
Everyone who participated in the talent show came out a winner as they all received a pumpkin and a candy bar.
Both the Catholic and Protestant congregations were involved in the community outreach event that also provided meals for everyone and pre-checked candy for trick-or-treaters.
"What I like about it is it gives the Chapel an opportunity to tell families in the community that we care about your family, whether or not you ever go to church," said Chaplain Lt. Col. Dan Minjares.
Along with providing a safe environment for children, "Light in the Night" was also a way for the Chapel to do its part to keep the Army Family Covenant, he said.
"I'd much prefer my kids here where I know where they're at," said Chitwood, "and they're getting a good lesson in community and fellowship."

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