While Oct. 31 might be Halloween in most calendars, at the Columbus Baptist Temple it will once again be the Fall Harvest Festival.

While Oct. 31 might be Halloween in most calendars, at the Columbus Baptist Temple it will once again be the Fall Harvest Festival.

The indoor event in the multipurpose room of the church, 5075 Cleveland Ave., will run from 4 to 6 p.m., but that's not when the fun will end, according to the Rev. Paul Gabriel.

But there will be plenty for children to enjoy from 4 to 6, he hastened to add, including carnival games with small prizes, inflatables, free popcorn and snow corns and a half-hour program by Dean Bohl, children's pastor at Radiant Life Church in Dublin.

Bohl is a ventriloquist and balloon entertainer, a form of ministry he and sidekick Chester have been pursuing since 1978, according to "their" website.

The festival will dismiss at 6 o'clock to allow the children go into the parking lot for a "Trunk or Treat" gathering, Gabriel said. Adults will be distributing candy to the young people from the trunks of their cars.

"So the kids don't have to walk the neighborhood," Gabriel said. "They can be in the parking lot which is safe.

"We want to provide a safe environment and have a lot of fun," he added. "The kids might go trick or treating, but it's a little more dangerous on the street."

The Fall Harvest Festival tradition dates back three of four years, according to the pastor, but this year a new wrinkle is being introduced: a prize will be awarded for the vehicle with the best-decorated trunk.

"I think some of them have decorated in the past, but I haven't paid attention because I've been at my car," Gabriel said. "This is the first year we're going to make a competition out of it.

"And of course the whole thing is free," he added.