WARREN - Ghouls, goblins and fairy princesses gathered Wednesday in Warren Family Mission for the fifth annual Harvest Party.
An estimated 300 children and their parents walked around 10 fun stations in the family mission, playing pumpkin-rolling contests, ring toss and egg-balancing games.
The kids also participated in costume judging, freeze games and face painting.
"We wanted to provide a place where children are safe and warm," Michelle Beauchene, a spokeswoman at the Warren Family Mission, said. "And with the rains and the cold of this Halloween, we believe this was especially good this year."
In addition to the games and holiday candies for the children, the family mission also provided meals for all of the families that attended.
Warren's trick-or-treat night, and that of many other communities in the region, was held on Wednesday. A handful of communities delayed their trick-or-treat nights until Friday or Saturday due to the inclement weather caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The Harvest Party is one of several holiday meals being provided this year by the mission. Meals will be provided to residents on Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving and there will be a Christmas meal.
Women who are involved with the Mission's Hannah House and its men's program helped to organize the games and feed participants.
"We like for those involved in our programs to give back to the community," Beauchene said.
Monique Chaney, who brought four children to the party, said it was a relief when she learned about the Harvest Festival.
"I didn't want to take the kids out in the cold going door to door," Chaney said. "You don't want them to to get sick."
"This also gives them something to do, other than asking for candy," she said.
Robert Harris, of Warren, escorted two children around the Family Mission's gymnasium.
"It is more festive when it is inside," Harris said. "This is nice for the Family Mission to provide this kind of service."
Judy Ervianto of Warren called the event a blessing.
"Parents worry when children go out trick-or-treating," Ervianto said. "You don't know about some people in the homes they may go to."
Tina Brazzon of Newton Falls said a group of parents together took their children to the festival, so they all could have a good time.
"Everyone here has been wonderful," she said.