Churches, schools planning fall festivals
by W. Winston Skinner
Halloween is less than two weeks away, and fall festivals and similar events are being planned by churches, schools and school support groups and other organizations.
Cowetans will have lots of opportunities for autumn fun during the next two weeks.
Among the events scheduled are:
• Odyssey Charter School holds its Fall Festival this Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., at Ashley Park. Younger children will enjoy several bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, firetrucks and lots of carnival games. There will be live music, a karate demonstration, a magic show, a free Zumba class, a silent auction and an iPad raffle.
More than 30 local artisans and vendors will be on hand offering a variety of activities, food and products. Grantville Mayor Jim Sells will be making a splash in the dunk tank, starting at 2 p.m.
Armbands are just $10 and will include all Fall Festival events and activities - except for the dunk tank and the Haunted House. Children 2 and younger will be admitted free, and children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Odyssey and Coweta Special Olympics are holding a haunted house at Ashley Park - between DSW Shoes and GameStop - today and Saturday and again Oct. 25-26 and on Halloween from 5-9 p.m. It is recommended for ages 11 and up, and admission is $5.
• CrossRoads Church's HoDown Festival will be Oct. 25 from 5-9 p.m. Bill Rooks said there will be food and games at the free event.
• Trunk or Treat will be held Oct. 25 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 Oct. 25 starting at 6 p.m.
• Peachtree City Optimist Club is holding its House of Clues on Oct. 25-26. Club member Nancy Britton spoke to the Senoia Optimist Club about her club's work with the project.
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 stations 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 Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
'Families and children of all ages are invited to this event,' said Rita Howard, pastor of the church. 'We will have horseback riding, go cart riding, and lots of fun activities for children and youth. We will also have family games and activities.'
Howard said there also will be a food court with barbecue ribs and chicken along with '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.
• A Harvest Day Fall Festival will be held at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Lovelace Street on Oct. 26 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 Oct. 26 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 Oct. 26 from 2-4 p.m. at Holy Zion Center of Deliverance at 115 Temple Ave. Stell Johnson said the event will include barbecue, representatives from various organizations and an open mike event. Local talent will include Tony Bonner, Wilbert Cruver, Carlton Kendrick, Freddie Britt, the Hussie Brothers and Newnan Chapel Male Chorus and the Holy Zion Youth Choir.
Johnson said there will be 'fun, food, games, music' and prizes. The Chick-fil-A cow will be around from 3-4 p.m.
• Trunk-or-Treat, St. Paul CME Church, Lone Oak, Oct. 26, 3-6 p.m. Beverly Ball said there will be games, food, prizes and bounce houses. 'Everything is free,' she said.
The event is sponsored by Women Of Faith, and Calvinetta Wilkinson is president of the group.
• Blessings and Dreams Coming Together will hold Trunk or Treat in the parking lot at Ruth Hill Elementary School on Oct. 26. 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 Oct. 26 from 4-7 p.m. 'This is for all ages,' June Harris said. There will be 'many games inflatables, food and fun,' she said.
• Bethlehem Baptist Church on West Grantville Road will hold a Fall Festival on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. The church sign promises 'free food.'
• South Metro Ministries will have a Fall Festival on Oct. 27 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Laurita Olmstead said the event will include games, prizes, inflatables, a jumbo slide and a chair and bench swing.
• Trunk or Treat will be held at Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road on Oct. 27 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.
• HamptonWeen will be held at the Hampton Inn on Oct. 28. Children can come to the motel, go through the HamptonWeen maze and get candy. Sandy M. Lee, director of sales, said the maze 'will be inspirational' rather than haunted.
The maze will offer symbols full of faith and hope. There will be dolls, castles - 'anything that's positive and not scary,' Lee said.
• Trunk or Treat will be Oct. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church in Roscoe.
• Grantville Library will hold a Decades Costume Party on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. 'This Halloween we challenge our patrons of all ages to come up with innovative costumes illustrating the fashion trends and hairstyles of the 20th century,' said Marie Vielot, library director.
'You may pay tribute to the 1920s in a flapper dress, cloche hat, pearls and a sleek bob or make a statement in a 1950s princess-style chemise dress and a saucer hat. Go show off your bangs or just transcend into a flower child with long locks and a carefree spirit showing love to everyone,' she said. 'Release your inner disco diva in a bell bottom jumpsuit with a curly afro.'
Vielot said attendees can choose a style made famous by an actress, singer 'or a regular Joe or Jane from back in the day.' People planning to attend must pre-register by Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
• A Fa m i ly Fa ll Festival is Oct. 31 at First Baptist Church of Newnan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with free hotdogs, candy and games. There also will be drawings for gift certificates, according to Brenda Clifton, the church's children's minister.
• 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 hot dog 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, all activities will be held indoors,' Peggy Holloway said.
'The community is welcome to this fun and family oriented event that provides a safe place for children to trick-or-treat,' she said. The event festival will include 'plenty of games, two bouncers, a cake walk' and a visit from the Stevie B's Pizza mascot, Holloway said.
'Children will leave with lots of toys and treats, and as always children under age 11 enjoy free hotdog meals,' Holloway said. 'Macedonia hopes to see familiar and new friends again this year.'
• 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, Trunkor- Treat, games, hot dogs, candy and prizes are planned.
Several fall festivals have already been held. Bexton Road Baptist Church near Moreland held at festival on Oct. 5. Hot dogs and chili were served, and there was a petting zoo. Living By Faith Church held a festival with hotdogs, popcorn, sno-cones, carnival games and Trunk or Treat on Oct. 12.
The Student Government Association at the Heritage School sponsors a carnival for students in the lower school.