Fall festivals planned throughout Coweta

by W. Winston Skinner


The hand of ever-brave Batman (Benjamin Elliott) reaches into a trunk to get some candy - hoping to avoid attack by the Green Hand (Jeanne Carter) at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak last year. This year's Trunk or Treat at Allen-Lee will be on Halloween from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will include a hot dog supper.

Festive autumn fun is being offered at churches and schools across Coweta County. Fall Festival, Trunk-or-Treat and other events are being planned. Some are free, and others are fundraisers with a nominal cost.

Among the upcoming events are:

• Arnco-Sargent Elemetary School will hold its Fall Festival on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Terra Tucker said there will be “food, games, crafts, and vendors.” She said “kid appropriate costumes are welcomed” at the fundraiser.

• CrossRoads Church’s HoDown Festival will be Friday from 5-9 p.m. There will be food and games at the free event.

• Odyssey Charter School and Coweta Special Olympics are holding a haunted house at Ashley Park — between DSW Shoes and GameStop — Friday and Saturday and on Halloween from 5-9 p.m. It is recommended for ages 11 and up, and admission is $5.

• Trunk or Treat will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Moreland. Billed as “Coweta's largest Trunk or Treat,” the event will offer more than 75 trunks offering goodies.

• The Fall Festival at Luthersville Baptist Church will be Friday starting at 6 p.m.

• Sunnyside Baptist Church will hold its Fall Festival on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Linda Pike said there will be a cakewalk, hayride, Bingo and “plenty of games for the kids.” Pike said refreshments will be served and there will be “no charge for any activities.”

• The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is holding its 15th annual Spirit Strolls on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. The strolls will depart from the Male Academy Museum at College Street and Temple Avenue, winding through the College Temple Historic District and led by a costumed Spirit Guide who will reveal ghostly-and ghastly-doings associated with various historic homes along the way.

The Stroll takes a little over an hour, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. Strolls are $15. Ticket reservations for all Spirit Strolls must be prepaid with advance reservations by calling NCHS at 770-251-0207.

• The Peachtree City Optimist Club is holding its House of Cluses on Friday and Saturday. The Optimists work with the Peachtree City Fire Department to provide a fun, safe evening for the whole family in conjunction with Halloween.

The fire station at 110 Paschall Rd. will be the site of a haunted house. The House of Clues offers six activity filled rooms for ages 3-10.

Children follow clues room to room to solve a mystery. Octagon Club members, students from Starr's Mill High School and the Peachtree City Youth Council members dress up as detectives and guide the children through the rooms. House of Clues will be held both nights from 7-9.

• An OctoberFest Celebration will be held at Burns Chapel United Methodist CHurch on Lovelace Street on Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

There will be horseback riding, go cart riding, family games and activities and a food court with barbecue ribs and chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, nachos and cheese, hotdogs and chips, candy apples, popcorn and cotton candy.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Burns’ youth Christian education ministry.

• Orchard Hill Church will hold its annual Fall Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. “All activities are free of charge,” Linn Hudson said. “The Fall Festival is open to everyone in the area.”

The Orchard Hills event “will feature lots of games for all ages, horse rides, a petting zoo and a trunk-or-treat with free goodies,” Hudson said.

The church also is hosting a Chicken-que dinner with the food prepared on site by church members. Chicken-que plates are $7 each with all proceeds supporting the church's outreach ministries.

• Newnan Christian School will be holding its 21st annual Fall Festival fundraiser on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Linda Anderson said barbecue plates will be selling for $7 each, including drinks. Anderson said there will also be “fun activities, moonwalk (and) dunkin' tank.”

• A Harvest Day Fall Festival will be held at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Lovelace Street on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Attendees should wear “friendly costumes” only — no witches, devils, goblins or monsters. Games and prizes are planned for the activity sponsored by the church’s child care ministry.

• Trunk or Treat will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Oaklawn Baptist Church on Pine Road. Food and games will be part of the fun.

• A Fall Festival will be Saturday from 2-6 p.m. at Holy Zion Center of Deliverance at 115 Temple Ave. The event will include barbecue, representatives from various organizations and an open mike event.

• Fayetteville Main Street is holding the Great Pumpkin Festival and Trick or Treat on Main Street on Saturday in downtown Fayetteville. Families can enjoy hayrides, train rides, face painting and games.

Trick-or-treating will be from 3–4 pm. Beginning at 2:30, the dog costume contest is back this year and is sponsored by the Fayetteville Rotary Club. Applications are available at rotaryfayettevillega.com to register and get more information.

The children’s costume contest will begin at 4 p.m. for children ages 13 and under, with prizes awarded in different age groups. New this year, Main Street has partnered with Spina Bifida of Georgia to include a children’s costume contest ages 13 and under ± wheelchairs and walkers welcome. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third Place. Contact Rebecca Joiner at rmjoiner678@gmail.com for more information.

Throughout the weekend, hundreds of decorated pumpkins will be on display across the street at the Old Courthouse lawn. The pumpkins are designed by children from several Fayetteville area schools.

• Trunk-or-Treat will be held at St. Paul CME Church at Lone Oak on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. There will be free admission and games, food, prizes and bouncers. The event is sponsored by Women Of Faith.

• Blessings and Dreams Coming Together will hold Trunk or Treat in the parking lot at Ruth Hill Elementary School on Saturday. Hours will be from 4-6 p.m. A bounce house and concession stand will be on site, and arts and crafts projects will be offered.

• A Community-wide Harvest Hoedown Festival will be held at East Newnan Baptist Church on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. Games inflatables and food are planned. • Bethlehem Baptist Church on West Grantville Road will hold a Fall Festival on Saturday at 6 p.m.

• St. George Catholic Church will a Trunk or Treat party to celebrate on Sunday from 3–5 p.m. “You may participate by decorating your car trunk, volunteering as a helper or just by bringing your kids to have fun,” Jim Stagg said. “Come early if you are going to set up your trunk.”

Each person is asked to bring one bag of candy as admission. “There will be hotdogs, a cake walk, face painting, nail painting, games and more,” Stagg said.

• Trunk or Treat will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m at Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church near Sharpsburg. The event will offer “an evening of fun for the entire family, with games, prizes, moon walks and trunk or treating for the kids,” Brenda Hanes said.

• South Metro Ministries will have a Fall Festival on Sunday from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Games, prizes, inflatables, a jumbo slide and a chair and bench swing are planned.

• Trunk or Treat will be held at Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Church members are organizing to decorate for the event, and they hope to have close to 600 people attending this year.

A pumpkin contest — with awards for pumpkins decorated by children and adults — will precede Trunk or Treat — starting at 3 p.m. A cake walk will begin at 5 p.m.

• Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone will hold its Fall Festival on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. The festival will feature Trunk or Treat, bouncy inflatables, lots of candy and prizes for costumes and vehicles. The first 100 children will also get a free goodie bag.

• Trunk or Treat will be held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. “Children and adults are encouraged to come in their costumes and trick or treat in the church parking lot,” said Dana DeGennaro, communication chair at Cornerstone. “The trunks of the cars are very creative, ranging from fun to spooky.”

• The youth of St Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold their annual All Hallows Eve Carnival and Trunk or Treat on Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m. There will be a grilled hot dog supper, carnival games and prizes. Trunk or Treat in the parking lot will conclude the evening.

• HamptonWeen will be held at the Hampton Inn on Monday from 4-8 p.m.. Children can come to the motel, go through the HamptonWeen maze and get candy.

The maze will offer non-scary scenes.

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

• New Hope Baptist Church, 3989 Corinth Rd., will hold a Fall Festival on Oct. 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. There will be free food, games, face painting, hayrides, a cakewalk and door prizes.

• Main Street Newnan is sponsoring the Munchkin Masquerade on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-noon. Downtown merchants will pass out Halloween treats to costumed little ones. • The Grantville Library will be holding a Decades Costume Party on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. People planning to attend must pre-register by Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.

• A Family Fall Festival will be held Oct. 31 at First Baptist Church of Newnan. The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and free hotdogs, candy and games are planned. There also will be drawings for gift certificates.

• Trunk or Treat will be held at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Snacks, games, a campfire and a hotdog supper are planned.

• Macedonia Baptist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

A Trunk or Treat format will be used. In the event of bad weather, activities will be held indoors.

There will be games, two bouncers, a cake walk and a visit from the Stevie B's Pizza mascot, Holloway said.

Children under 11 will get a free hotdog meal.

• Rehoboth Baptist Church in Luthersville will hold its Fall Festival on Oct. 31. The free event will be from 6-8 p.m.

• Harvest Fest will be Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Flat Creek Baptist Church near Fayetteville. Hayrides, inflatables, Trunk-or-Treat, games, hotdogs, candy and prizes are planned.

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