Churches offer full weekend with festivals, Trunk or Treat

By W. WINSTON SKINNER winston@newnan.com It is going to be a busy weekend at St. George Catholic Church. Church member Verna Funk said St. George's will be holding a spaghetti supper fundraiser -- and inviting local youngsters to visit the church for Trunk or Treat.
Trunk or Treat has become an increasingly popular event at churches in Coweta County and elsewhere. Volunteers put their vehicles in a circle and opening the trunks, which they often decorate, to offer treats to costumed youngsters. The spaghetti supper will be served after the 5:30 p.m. Mass today. Takeout boxes will be available, and tickets are $8 each. Money from the spaghetti supper "will go toward the purchase of food for the Thanksgiving baskets which are distributed to families throughout Coweta County," Funk said. "The youth of the parish fix up the baskets and then deliver them." Funk said Trunk or Treat will be held at St. George's on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. The event will take place at the parking lot nearest next to Henderson Hall. During Trunk or Treat, the usually prosaic parking lot "turns into a scary, funny and playful place to be," Funk said. "Participants decorate their vehicles that offer treats and games for the young," Funk said. "Admission is a bag of candy per person." Trunk or Treat is often accompanied by food and games. Hot dogs, a cake walk, face painting and nail painting will be offered at St. George's. There also will be a wrap the mummy activity and hayrides "What better place to be on Halloween!" Funk exclaimed. Several churches have already held Trunk or Treat, a fall festival or some other event. On Oct. 22 First Baptist Church of Moreland took 68 people to Faith Baptist Church in LaGrange for Judgment Journey. "It was a walk-through experience of the rapture and ends times," said Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the Moreland church. Several churches and organizations have events planned for today with others being held Sunday -- or even during the next week. Events on the calendar for today include: * Pancake Breakfast, Christian City, Union City, 8-10 a.m. Parking lot behind welcome center. TIckets, $5. Autumn Festival to follow at Graceland Thrift Store with homemade baked goods. * Open House/Trick or Treat, Senoia Police Station/Courts Complex, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. * Doggie Dash, Shakerag Park, Peachtree City. Registration, 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Georgia Heartland Humane Society, this event includes trick or treating for dogs at 10 a.m., an 11 a.m. costume contest, and pictures with the Great Pumpkin. Pets can also do an original Pupcaisso pawpainting. Free coffee, doughnuts and cider will be offered for two-legged companions. There will also be a live DJ, food, vendors and door prizes. Everyone who raises $35 in donations with receive a Doggie Dash T-Shirt, and all donations will benefit GHHS. * Fall Festival, White Oak Grove Baptist Church, Gordon Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. * Fall Festival, Newnan Christian School, White Oak Shopping Center parking lot, 11 a.m-2 p.m. Moonwalk, dunking tank, country store, firetruck. Smoked pork barbecue plates, $7. Cake auction, 2 p.m. * Halloween Carnival/Car Show, Mclntosh Reserve, Whitesburg, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Haunted cabin, entertainment, candy, games, prizes. * The Rock Baptist Church, Fayetteville, noon-2 p.m. Candy, games, good, cakewalk. * Community Fall Festival/Car Show, Summit Family YMCA, 2-4 p.m. Free. Trunk or Treat, Kids ZUMBA event, live entertainment, pumpkin painting, cake walk, crafts, games. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks. n Hallelujah Autumn Festival, Providence Baptist Church, Summers-McKoy Road, 2-4 p.m. Cakewalk, games, food, prizes, painting contest, grab bags, musical chairs, face painting. * Fall Festival, Oak Lawn Baptist Church, 2-5 p.m. * "The Not So Scary Fairy Tales," Townsend Center for Performing Arts, University of West Georgia, Carrollton campus, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Visitors will spend 25 minutes in an enchanting land where fairy tales come to life in 12 interactive rooms. Each fairy tale is complete with costumed characters and dazzling sets. Reservations are encouraged to obtain the time slot that best suits. A costume contest will be held at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. If special assistance is needed, contact the patron services manager at 678-839-4722. For more information or tickets, call 678-839-4722 or visit www.townsendcenter.org. * Oak Hill Cemetery Tour, 3 p.m. Led by local historian Elizabeth Beers and sponsored by Main Street Newnan. Cost is $15, and the event is also limited to 20 people. Make a reservation by calling Main Street at 770-253-8283 or Beers at 770-253-0500. The tour will be repeated at 3 p.m. on Sunday. * Fall Festival, First Baptist Church, Grantville, 5 p.m. Hayride, chili cookoff, games. The Gospel Messengers will be singing outdoors at 7 p.m. * Fall Festival, East Newnan Baptist Church, 5-8 p.m. Rock wall, obstacle course, dunking booth, moonwalk, 18-foot inflatable slide, horse rides, Trunk or Treat, food. * Fall Festival, Bethel Baptist Church, Luthersville, 5-8 p.m. Moonwalk, hayrides, pony rides, games, candy, cakewalk, hotdogs, chili contest, music, bonfire, clowns. * Trunk or Treat, Unity Baptist Church, 6 p.m. * Fall Harvest, Senoia United Methodist Church, 6-8 p.m. Trunk or Treat, face painting, campfire, soup/sandwiches. * Fall Festival, Open Door Baptist Church, Senoia, 6-9 p.m. Hamburgers/hotdogs/refreshments. Games, cakewalk, biblical costume contest, Trunk or Treat, hayride. * Dinner with the Dead, Something Special, 83 Greenville St., 7 p.m. Sponsored Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Dinner and appetizers in the Ghostly Garden and a brief walking tour by "ghostly hosts" who weave fascinating tales of hauntings and quirky characters from Newnan's past. Tickets are $40 per person. For information or to reserve spot, contact Tom Redwine or Carlisle Young at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, 30 Temple Avenue, Newnan, GA 30263 -- 770 -251-0207 or nchs@newnanbiz.net. * Ghost Tour, starts at historic Coweta County Courthouse, 7 p.m. Led by Elizabeth Beers and sponsored by Main Street Newnan. "Experience the thrills and chills of hearing about the local haunts while strolling around the court square and a few blocks into the College/Temple historic district," said Tina Darby, Main Street event coordinator. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The event is limited to 20 participants. Make a reservation by calling Main Street at 770-253-8283 or Beers at 770-253-0500. * Haunted Theater, Royal Theater, Hogansville. Amid the peeling paint, cracked plaster and falling ceiling tiles, entities are rising from the dust and debris of the decades -- and visitors may have to meet them face to face, 7 p.m. Admission -- $10 for adults, $5 for 12 years and under. Parents of children under 6 years are strongly cautioned. Halloween is on Sunday this year. Events on the calendar for Sunday include: * Howl-O-Ween Costume Party/Pet Adoptions, HELP Spay Neuter Clinic, 12 The Crescent, 1-3 p.m. Costume contest for cats/dogs. * Fall Festival, Kids Castle Park, Carl G. Miller Park, 2:30 p.m. Games, food, prizes, candy. Live entertainment by rappers Hess and Lamar. Sponsor: Unveiling Community Outreach. * Trunk or Treat, Henderson Hall, St. George Catholic Church, 3-5 p.m. Admission is a bag of candy per person. Hotdogs, a cakewalk, face painting, pail painting, wrap-the-mummy, hayrides and games are planned. * Trunk or Treat, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg, 4-5:30 p.m. Free hotdogs, popcorn, drinks. Games. * Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival, West Bethel Baptist Church, 4-6 p.m. * Trunk or Treat, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4-6 p.m. At last report, there were 15 families planning to participate. Participants may decorate their trunks or the parking space before handing out treats. * Harvest Fest, Flat Creek Baptist Church, 4-6 p.m. Hayrides, inflatables, Trunk or Treat, candy, prizes, hotdogs, games. * Fall Festival, Woolsey Baptist Church, Fayetteville, 4:30-7 p.m. Through sixth grade. No scary costumes. Cakewalk, $1, with proceeds to missions. FreePopcorn, Trunk or Treat, games, candy, hayride, face painting, live music. Hotdog dinner, 5-6 p.m. n Fall Festival, Macedonia Baptist Church, 5-7 p.m. Macedonia's festival will have a western theme. Charlie Moore will be serving barbecue -- free for children under 11. * Hallelujah Night, Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 5-7:30 p.m. "Everyone is welcome, and it is free for all," said Matthew Bailey. There will be "games for children as well as adults," he said. * Fall Festival, First Baptist Church, Newnan, 6-8 p.m. Free hot dogs, games and candy. * Trick or Treat Street, Georgian Place retirement facility, 355 Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard, 6-8 p.m. There also are some autumn events set for next week: * Fall Festival, New Hope Baptist Church, 3989 Corinth Rd., Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. A hotdog supper, a slide and games are planned, according to Linda Godfrey. * United Youth Fundraiser, Coweta Community Church, Nov. 6, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. United Youth is a the combined youth groups from New Life Christian Fellowship and Coweta Community Church, Sarah Minix explained. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help fund next summer's youth camp and mission trip. There will be a huge, two-church yard sale. Furniture will be among the items available. A pancake breakfast will be held with plates $5 each. Plans also call for a car wash, carnival rides, games and food. * Fall Festival, Bexton Road Baptist Church, Moreland, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Community yard sale, blow-up slide, cake walk, games, fire truck. * Lone Oak Festival, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This craft fair and festival was started several years ago by members of Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church and is held at the crossroads community of Lone Oak in north Meriwether County. This year's festival "will feature a variety of booths filled with food, crafts, jewelry and baked goods," according to organizer Stephanie Weiher. "New this year, the festival will include a Health Fair. Health educators will be present -- conducting a variety of health screenings and offering information on promoting health awareness, Weiher said. * Fall Festival, Faith Lutheran Church, Sharpsburg, Nov. 7. Worship, 10:30 a.m Lunch, 11:30 a.m. -- free. Games, noon-2 p.m. Bounce house, hayrides, face/hair painting, crafts, horse rides.

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