Halloween: Festivals, 'frights' galore in Coweta


Mel and Brenda Nall share goodies from their truck at last year's Trunk-or-Treat at East Newnan Baptist Church. East Newnan will have a Fall Festival on Halloween, 6-7:30 p.m. 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.

From fun fall festivals to a few Halloween-themed frights, there is plenty to get out and do today and through this week in and around Coweta.
Zombie Village, a new outdoor event by Powers Pavilion, 4766 Hwy. 34 West/Charlie B. Johnson Road at Powers Crossroads, runs every weekend in October, Halloween night and the first weekend in November. The venue opens at dark and the scares continue until 10 p.m. — some nights until 11 p.m., and select dates until midnight.
The haunted trail event uses the 16-acre festival village site at Powers Pavilion. Participants are immersed into a Halloween experience against the undead, who “relentlessly stop at nothing to pursue.”
The path winds through wooded land and encompasses multiple buildings and trail options. The experience includes a hard-core fright thrill in an electric chair and the opportunity to use one of three weapons to pursue zombies. Coupons for $5 off are online at www.powerspavilion.com . For details, dates and times, check online or call 770-253-2011. Events at Powers Pavilion benefit the projects of the Coweta Festivals Inc. member civic organizations.

Also, the long-running Horror Hill offers haunted trails for its last season in its current location at 181 Ware Road, Newnan. Remaining dates are tonight, Monday and Tuesday. For more information, including camping options, call 770-253-4983.

For those who still need a pumpkin as Halloween draws near, the Pumpkin Patch continues at Moreland United Methodist Church. Hours are – Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; and weekdays, noon-8 p.m. Pumpkins range in price from $2-$20, with proceeds helping fund community outreach programs. A pecan sale benefits the church youth program. Pecans are $2 per pound in the shell or $3 cracked.

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone also has a Pumpkin Patch open through Oct. 31 daily from 12:30-7 p.m. The Hopewell project money goes to missions. Hopewell is located at at 351 Jenkins Rd., directly across from Sandy Creek High School.

Also on the calendar:

Sunday, Oct. 28

• In the Meriwether County seat of Greenville, the historic jail is again the site of a haunted house. The brick structure, built in 1896, was the location of at least one hanging when it was a jail. Volunteers put on the haunted jail for the first time in 2009. Mariea Murphy, who owns the building and organized the event, said the scary experience will be offered Sunday – and again on Halloween night. Hours are “from dusk ‘til doom,” she said, and admission is $10.

• The Shoal Creek Fall Festival will be noon-5 p.m. at Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist Church. The event – co-sponsored by the church and Shoal Creek Adventist School – includes activities for children, an international food court, baked goods, a flea market and a Christmas bazaar.

• Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church near Sharpsburg has Trunk-or-Treat 3-5 p.m. Church secretary Brenda Hanes said Cokes Chapel’s gathering will be “an evening of fun for the entire family, with food, games, prizes” and moon walks.

• Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road has Trunk-or-Treat Sunday 4-6 p.m. Jill Elder, church secretary, said the annual event is expected to bring in “close to 600 people this year.” The Providence parking lot will be filled with decorated vehicles. There will be several inflatables, and free popcorn, snowcones and hotdogs. Children may attend in costume or in play clothes. There will be a cakewalk for adults with tickets at 50 cents.

• WellSpring Church holds a Fall Festival at Eastside Elementary near Senoia 4-7 p.m. The fundraiser will help Sarah Roes attend YWAM Discipleship Training. Scott McInnis, pastor at WellSpring, said the event promises “tons of fun” with food, “carnival games, hayrides, candy (and) prizes.”

• Unity Baptist Church Trunk-or-Treat is 5-7 p.m. Candy and corndogs available.

• Trunk-or-Treat at Cornerstone United Methodist Church is 5-7 p.m. - Games, crafts and trunk-or-treat.

• Youth of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church lead an All Hallow’s Eve service at 5 p.m. 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

• Pioneer Ford in Bremen holds its fifth annual Trunk-or-Treat for children 12 and younger. Admission is one unwrapped toy per person. Runs 5-9 p.m. with a moonwalk, a hayride, door prizes, marshmallow toasting and a costume contest for ages 1-12.

There also will be food – hotdogs, popcorn hot cider, boiled peanuts and witches’ brew. Cash awards will be given for the top three places in the trunk/pickup decorating contest. To register for the contest, call 770-537-3673.

Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31

• “Munchkin Masquerade” – sponsored by Main Street Newnan – will be held in historic downtown 10 a.m.-noon. The event draws the littlest ghosts and goblins to the downtown business district for Halloween fun each year.

• Brenda Clifton, minister to children and families at First Baptist Church of Newnan, said First Baptist’s Fall Festival will be held Wednesday at the church’s corner parking lot 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will include a “free hotdog supper,” Clifton said.

â ¢ Hogansville’s Haunted Theater offers some Halloween-season frights. Opening night was Oct. 20. A final “haunting” is on Halloween at 7 p.m. There is a $10 admission for adults, and entry is $5 for those 12 years and under. Parents of children under are 6 are strongly cautioned that the Haunted Theater experience is “scary.” The theater is located in downtown Hogansville at 400 E. Main St.

• A Fall Festival at Macedonia Baptist Church is 6-8 p.m.Trunk-or-Treat, games, treats, a bouncer and a cake walk are planned. There will also be free hotdogs, chips and drinks for children under 11.

• A community-wide Fall Festival is 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. Church member June Harris said there will be “fresh popcorn, a chili cook-off, a cakewalk ... and loads of candy and goodies for the children.” She said the event will offer “a great opportunity for family time.’ Food will be available for $3 per plate.

• Trunk-or-Treat will be held at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church in Roscoe from 6-7:30 p.m.

• Fall Festival at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Luthersville is 6-8 p.m.

• Flat Creek Baptist Church between Peachtree City and Fayetteville has Harvest Fest 6-8 p.m. Games, a petting zoo, inflatables, candy, a cake walk and food will be part of the fun.

• Woolsey Baptist Church on Hampton Road in Fayetteville holds its annual Fall Festival Wednesday 6-8:30 p.m. The event will offer “free admission for an evening of family fun,” according to Patti Phillips. “Costumes are welcome” but “no scary ones,” she said. Woolsey’s festival will include hotdogs, trunk-or-treat, popcorn, candy and hayride. There also will be a cakewalk for a “$1 donation for missions,” Phillips said. She said the festival will be a “safe alternative to Halloween.”

• The Fall Festival at Cathedral of Praise Assembly of God in Digby is 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10

• Newnan Family Worship Center on Jefferson Street holds its Fall Festival 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Inflatables, a hayride, games, prizes and food are planned.

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