Henderson sets the tone for fall with family fun


First Henderson United Methodist Church takes autumn seriously, especially when it comes to the season’s quintessential orange symbol.

“We get over 1,000 pumpkins delivered,” said Jim Robinson, pastor of the church at 609 E. Horizon Drive. The church is preparing for its fourth annual Pumpkin Patch, set for Oct. 11-31, which is one of many fall- and Halloween-themed events planned in Henderson this month.

The Pumpkin Patch will include a pumpkin parade scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 17, among other activities.

“We try to add new things each year to keep it exciting and offer something for everyone,” Robinson said. “All the kids will get together, and we’re going to parade around the neighborhood.”

A blessing of the animals is scheduled that same day at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard, as is a bake sale. A straw maze, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin chucking also are scheduled as part of the event, and movies are slated at sundown Oct. 24 and 30. A trunk-or-treat event hosted by the Boy Scouts is set from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Event hours are set from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Only cash is accepted. Call 702-565-6049 or visit firsthendersonumc.org.


Meanwhile, the second annual Boo Bark for Life is slated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 on The Green at The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2240 Village Walk Drive. Costume contests, games, prizes and more are planned. Registration is $20 and includes a goodie bag and a bandana. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact Shannon Moore at 702-891-9022 or shannon.moore@cancer.org.


Residents who are instead in the mood to flee the living dead can take part in the city of Henderson’s second annual Zombie Run 5K at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Parkway, featuring zombies hiding along the 3.1-mile trail.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. Registration starts at $30 and can be conducted at cityofhenderson.com or at any of the city’s recreation centers using activity code 644079-58. Run packets can be picked up from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, or the day of the event at Cornerstone Park.

Call 702-267-4050.


The city also is hosting its annual trunk-or-treat event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road. Attendees can wear costumes and walk along the trick-or-treat trail in the parking lot, where cars will be decorated for Halloween. A costume contest and entertainment also are planned.

“Through the years, it’s grown and grown,” said Kathy Blaha, city public information officer. “We tend to get a couple thousand people every year.”

Admission to the all-ages event is $3. Parents may accompany children free. Early registration is suggested at cityofhenderson.com or at any city recreation center. Registration at the event can be conducted with cash only.


Events also are on tap at other city recreation centers:

— A Tots Trick or Treat Trail is slated from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 at the Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St. Participants of all ages can go trick-or-treating in their costumes. The event is free, but donations for The Salvation Army will be accepted.

— Halloween Costume Swap Shop is planned from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive. Attendees of all ages can drop off gently used Halloween costumes at the center through Oct. 16 and pick up “new” costumes the day of the event. The event is free.

— A Tots Monster Mash is slated from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center. Children ages 1 to 6 can don costumes for the event and go trick-or-treating. Carnival games, prizes and a bounce house also are planned. Admission is $3.

— A Trim Trick or Treat Pillowcases event is set from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Valley View Recreation Center. Attendees ages 5 to 12 can bring a white pillowcase and adorn it with paint and decorations, creating a trick-or-treat bag. Admission is $3.

— Pumpkin Picassos is slated from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center. Children ages 4 to 12 can create their own pumpkin masterpieces and play games. Attendees should bring a pumpkin. Registration is required by Oct. 15, and admission is $3.

— Glow in the Dark Movie is set from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Valley View Recreation Center. Attendees ages 5 to 12 can wear neon and watch a movie in a room adorned with glow-in-the-dark decorations and glow sticks. Admission is $5.

— A Great Pumpkin Shoot is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Whitney Mesa Recreation Area archery range, 1661 Galleria Drive. A movie and popcorn also are planned. Attendees must be 6 or older. Admission is $15.


— Stories that go bump in the night is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Participants in grades four through eight can join a storytelling club to share spooky tales. A festival is planned at the Oct. 29 event. Registration is required at mypubliclibrary.com. Call 702-564-9287, ext. 4.

— Halloween story time is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 28 and 29 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, for children up to age 5.

— A Halloween carnival is slated from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Paseo Verde Library. Games, crafts and Halloween stories are planned.

— A Halloween history event is set from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Participants ages 8 to 12 can learn the history behind certain ghosts. A craft also is planned. Contact Kaila Rolofson at 702-207-4260, ext. 4

— The 13th annual Halloween Extravaganza is planned from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Gibson Library. Attendees of all ages can wear costumes and play games, win prizes and go trick-or-treating. Call 702-564-9287, ext. 4.

— Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, an all-ages event, is set for 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Green Valley Library.

— Spooky Science Lab is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Paseo Verde Library for children ages 6 to 11.

— Trick or Treat Around the Library, an all-ages event, is slated from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Green Valley Library. Call 702-207-4260, ext. 4.

Visit my publiclibrary.com.


Finally, free movies are scheduled this month at dusk on The Green at The District at Green Valley Ranch. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Upcoming films are: “Beetlejuice,” Oct. 10; “Casper,” Oct. 17; “Monsters, Inc.,” Oct. 24; and “Monsters University,” Oct. 31. Visit shopthedistrictgvr.com/events.

— To reach Henderson View reporter Cassandra Keenan, email ckeenan@viewnews.com or call 702-383-0278. Find her on Twitter: @CassandraKNews.

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