Mary Cordle
Kids enjoy a hayride as part of the pumpkin patch activities taking place this month at the Caliente Community United Methodist Church.

The Caliente Community United Methodist Church started off another season of the pumpkin patch. The pumpkins arrived Saturday, Oct. 13, from the upland region of New Mexico’s Navajo reservation, and with the help of the community, were unloaded and stacked on pallets.

Monday and Tuesday, the church welcomed students from Caliente, Alamo, Panaca, and Pioche, who marched through the patch, shouting, looking to “wake up” the special pumpkins with sounds and movement. Then the students were off to watch a puppet show with Leo and Applesauce, before making crafts. Finally, they made their way through a maze lined with cobwebs.

On Saturday, crews from Narconon helped set up and run the games. The hay wagon was filled with excited kids and their parents. There was also face painting, the cobweb maze, rat and bat tic tac toe.

Kids, parents, and grandparents tried to find the perfect pumpkin to carve for the big night.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, was Bat Night from 7-8 p.m. in Gray Hall. Friday, Oct. 26, is the hot dog roast. There will also be more games and a photo booth.

In November, the ladies of the Methodist Church will have a pie sale. Anyone interested can order ahead of time by calling Lisa Warfield at (775) 962-2741.