Fall Festivals, Trunk-or-Treat events lined up for HalloweenBy W. WINSTON SKINNER
Halloween is less than two weeks away.
Across Coweta County, a variety of activities are planned to celebrate the fall season. Fall festivals, trunk-or-treat gatherings and other activities are being planned by churches, schools and other organizations.
Saturday, Oct. 20
• Newnan Christian School will be holding a Fall Festival fundraiser 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Linda Anderson said there will be “fun activities, barbecue plates,” vendors and a rummage sale with no clothes.
Admission will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for students. Anderson said this will be the school’s 20th annual Fall Festival.
• A Fall Festival will be held at Welcome Road Baptist Church at 5 p.m. Games, a hayride and food will be part of the fun.
Sunday, Oct. 21
• A Treasure Hunt for youngsters will be held at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., at 2 p.m. Children will enjoy the fun-filled treasure hunt presented by the historical society and Newnan Theatre Company. Youngsters ages 8 and up will solve puzzles in various rooms to lead them to the treasure somewhere in the house.
Parents will enjoy a sneak peek of the renovation of the museum that is set to open in the early spring of 2013. Fresh-popped popcorn and other snacks will be provided. Participants should wear their best treasure-hunting gear and prepare to enjoy an engaging Sunday afternoon.
Tickets are $8 per child, and parents get in free. Tickets may be purchased at the Male Academy Museum at 30 Temple Ave. or online at www.newnantheatre.org .
Wednesday, Oct. 24
• A Potato Dinner and Fall Festival will be held in the parish hall at First United Methodist Church of Newnan. Dinner will be from 4:45-6:30 p.m., with Fall Festival festivities from 5:15- 6:30 p.m. Admission will be $6 for adults – $3 for children.
Children are welcome to wear costumes. There will be games and prizes. The event will be a fundraiser the church’s preschool.
Friday Oct. 26
• Trunk-or-Treat will be held at First Baptist Church in Moreland. There will be “over 75 trunks” and “tons of free candy,” according to Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the church.
There also will be inflatables, hot dogs and horse rides. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m.
• Trunk-or-Treat will be held in the Field of Dreams at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak. The event will start at 6 p.m., and a hotdog supper will be follow in the fellowship hall.
• Sunnyside Baptist Church on Greenville Street has scheduled its Fall Festival from 6:30-9 p.m. Linda Pike said a hayride is planned. There also will be apple bobbing, a cakewalk, Bingo, games and refreshments.
Saturday, Oct. 27
• Oaklawn Baptist Church on Pine Road will hold a Fall Festival from 2-4 p.m. Games, cakewalks, hayrides and food are planned.
• The Fall Festival at Orchard Hills Church will start at 4 p.m., according to Rita Key.
• The annual Hallelujah Festival and Trunk-or-Treat will be held at St. Smyrna Baptist Church on Heery Road. The event – set for 4-8 p.m. – will include “games, food and fun for the entire family,” according to Latanya Reeves. “Costumes are welcome.”
• A Fall Festival will be held at Elim Baptist Church on Handy Road, according to Kathy Justiss, a member of the church’s outreach and discipleship committee. The festival will be held from 5-8 p.m.
There will be games, a hayride and trunk-or-treat. Justiss said everyone is “invited for food, fellowship, and fun.”
• Walt Bishop said Open Door Baptist Church in Senoia will hold a Family Fall Festival at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28
• The Shoal Creek Fall Festival will be held from noon-5 p.m. at Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event – co-sponsored by the church and Shoal Creek Adventist School – will include activities for children, an international food court, baked goods, a flea market and a Christmas bazaar.
• Unity Baptist Church will hold Trunk-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m. Candy and corndogs will be available.
• Trunk-or-Treat will be held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church from 5-7 p.m. There will be “games, crafts and trunk-or-treating,” Ann Warren said. “The community is welcome.”
• The youth of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will lead an All Hallow’s Eve service at 5 p.m. The service will include ghost stories of the Old Testament and music from the St. Paul’s Jazz Ensemble.
After the service, everyone will join the youth in the courtyard for a carnival and hot dog supper. The final event of the evening at St. Paul’s will be Trunk-or-Treat in the church parking lot.
Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31
• The “Munchkin Masquerade” – sponsored by Main Street Newnan – will be held in the historic downtown from 10 a.m.-noon.
The event draws the littlest ghosts and goblins to the downtown business district for Halloween fun each year
• A Fall Festival will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church from 6-8 p.m. “We will be doing Trunk-n-Treat, so our event is planned to be held outdoors,” Peggy Holloway said.
“However, we are prepared to move indoors if necessary,” she added, saying the festival will be held “rain or shine.”
Plans include games, treats, a bouncer and a cake walk. Holloway said there will be free hotdogs, chips and drinks for children under 11.
• A community-wide Fall Festival will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at East Newnan Baptist Church. There will be a 22-foot inflatable slide, a bungee run, an obstacle course and monkey motion. Horse rides and trunk-or-treat are also planned.
Food will be available for $3 per plate.
• Flat Creek Baptist Church between Peachtree City and Fayetteville will hold Harvest Fest from 6-8 p.m. Amanda Jones said there will be games, a petting zoo, inflatables, candy, a cake walk and food.
Some fall events have already been held. First United Methodist Church of Newnan held a church-wide Family Hayride and Hotdog Cookout on Oct. 14 at Uncle Bobâ s Pumpkin Patch. Attendees enjoyed seeing farm animals, trying their wits in the corn maze, walking nature trails and visiting the chicken house and honeybee barn.