Plenty of Halloween-related activities scheduled

by W. Winston Skinner


Students, parents, faculty and community residents enjoy the recent PTO Harvest Hoedown/Fall Festival at Ruth Hill Elementary School. 

Thousands of youngsters in costume will be making their way door-to-door on Thursday — seeking Halloween treats. 

For families looking for an alternative to trick-or-treating, or something to start or end the evening, there are lots of options locally. In addition to downtown Newnan’s Munchkin Masquerade trick-or-treating to little ones on Thursday morning, there are events planned by churches and other groups today and Thursday.

On the calendar today are:

• Trunk or Treat, Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Roscoe 6-7:30 p.m.

• Fall Festival, New Hope Baptist Church, 3989 Corinth Rd., 6-8:30 p.m. Face painting, hayrides, cakewalk, door prizes.

Planned for Thursday are:

• Main Street Newnan is sponsoring the Munchkin Masquerade from 10 a.m.-noon. Downtown merchants will pass out Halloween treats to costumed youngsters.

• Fall Festival, Mills Chapel Baptist Church, 5-8 p.m.

• Haunted House, Ashley Park — between DSW Shoes and GameStop, 5-9 p.m. It is recommended for ages 11 and up, and admission is $5. Sponsors: Odyssey Charter School/ Coweta Special Olympics.

• Family Fall Festival, First Baptist Church, Newnan, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free hot dogs, candy, games. Drawings for gift certificates.

• Trunk or Treat, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Snacks, games, campfire, hotdog supper.

• Trick or Treat Street will be held at Emeritus at Newnan again this year. Trick-or-treaters are welcomed at the retirement home, 355 Millard Farmer Indust. Blvd., Newnan, from 6-8 p.m., according to Lisa Klein.

• Fall Festival, Macedonia Baptist Church, 6-8 p.m. Trunk or Treat, inflatables, cakewalk, visit from the Stevie B's Pizza mascot. Free hot dog meal for children under 11.

• Emory Chapel United Methodist Church will hold its Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. or “as soon as it gets dark,” William Tokarsky announced at the church’s Oct. 20 service. “We get a good crowd. I enjoy it every year.”

The church is located on Highway 34 west of Newnan in the Dresden community.

• Fall Festival, Rehoboth Baptist Church, Luthersville, 6-8 p.m. Free.

• Harvest Fest, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, 6-8 p.m. Hayrides, inflatables, trunk or treat, games, hot dogs.

• Newnan Theatre Company will be presenting “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” which satirizes Gothic romance novels, pulp fiction, and horror movies on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for children, $12 for seniors and students, and $14 for adults and may be purchased at or at the box office at 24 First Ave.

On Halloween night, patrons are encouraged to come in costume to see the show to get a ticket discount. There will also be trick-or-treating in the lobby before the show.

For those who have not had their fill of Halloween thrills by Thursday, Zombie Village, an interactive haunted attraction, will continue Friday and Saturday. Zombie Village is being held at Powers Pavilion, on Highway 34 west of Newnan at the Heard County line.

Admission is $20 in advance, $15 online.

A number of churches and schools have already held Fall Festivals or similar events in the past few weeks. The Parent-Teacher Organization at Ruth Hill School sponsored a Harvest Hoedown/Fall Festival.

“The festival included a hayride, inflatables, a cake walk, face painting, Newnan police and fire vehicles, a Newnan Utilities bucket truck and lots of fun games,” said Dr. Aaron Corley, principal at Ruth Hill. “School and community volunteers from Newnan High School, Evans Middle School, and the Boys and Girls Club also came out to donate their time and support this event.”

The Fall Festival at Luthersville Baptist Church on Friday included a hayride and a train ride in addition to games and food.

The LaGrange Art Museum held a Jack O’Lantern Carve-Off on Oct. 19 with prizes for the top entries. Proceeds went to the Campaign for the Creative Learning Center, and organizers hope to make the pumpkin carving contest an annual event.

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