Halloween season brings Fall Festivals and Trunk-or-Treat

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Jacie Adcock completes her 47th trip down the air slide at the recent annual Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church Fall Festival.

By W. WINSTON SKINNER winston@newnan.com Halloween is Monday, and today through the weekend there are a wide range of events on tap for the season of spooks and treats. Main Street Newnan, Avalon Health and Rehabilitation and Mary Ray Schoolhouse in Raymond invite trick-or-treaters on Halloween at specified hours. Area churches have fall festivals and Trunk-or-Treat events during the next few days, and there are other events in Coweta County and the surrounding area.
••• TODAY'S EVENTS • Community Trunk-or-Treat, parking, Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, Roscoe, 6 p.m. • Grantville's Little Haunted House, LaGrange Street, Grantville, nightly through Halloween, 7-11 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 15 and younger. ••• THURSDAY, OCT. 27 • Fall Festival, Unity Elementary School, Luthersville, 5-7 p.m. • Trunk-or-Treat, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 6-8 p.m. There will be "games, crafts and Trunk-or-Treating," said Ann Warren. "The community is welcome." Children and adults are invited to come in costume. Warren said that generally the "trunks of the cars are very creative, ranging from fun to spooky." • "The Not So Scary Fairy Tales," Townsend Center, University of West Georgia, Carrollton. Group tours, 6:30-9 p.m. Tours sold in blocks by the half hour with limited capacity. Call 678-839-4722 for times. Designed for children and their families, "Fairy Tales" combines aspects of live theater with a twisting and turning maze that will delight all ages. Great works from childhood literature come to life in a puzzling tangle of fantasy and theater, creating a mystical journey for the young at heart. Tours are approximately 25 minutes long, beginning in the lobby with Aladdin's tent and winding through the Richard L. Dangle Theatre. Each fairy tale is complete with costumed characters and dazzling sets. Reservations are encouraged, and early times sell out in advance. Carrollton resident Jenny Lyle, theatrical director for youth productions, has been working with the cast for six weeks to prepare them for the event. This year, "Fairy Tales" features giant eggs, magic lamps, hidden passages, magic doors and a beautiful snowfall and so much more. There will be a special activity with prizes for winners in the lobby at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets or if special assistance is needed, contact the box office at 678-839-4722 or visit www.townsendcenter.org . ••• FRIDAY, OCT. 28 • Carve on the Quad, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, 1-5 p.m. Area residents are invited to join UWG art students, who will be carving on the Academic Quad for the fourth year. "Visitors to campus are asked to bring their own pumpkins and tools," said university spokeswoman Yolanda Rodriguez. There will be awards and prizes. Carve on the Quad began as a small affair on Adamson Square in 2005. Nine of Clint Samples art students carved pumpkins for an extra credit project, which were put on display. As the event grew, the carving was brought to campus. Last year, participants carved 175 pumpkins. "It was the biggest we had," said Samples, an associate professor of art. Organizers hope even more families come out this year. • Fall Festival, Luthersville Baptist Church, 6 p.m. • Trunk-or-Treat, First Baptist Church, Moreland, 6-8 p.m. More than 75 trunks will be on the Upward Football fields. • Trunk-or-Treat, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 6:30-8 p.m. Cars will circle the "Field of Dreams" sign, and church members in costume will pass out candy. There will be activities for children of all ages in the fellowship hall, and hot chocolate will be served. • Fall Festival, Sunnyside Baptist Church, 6:30-9 p.m. Linda Pike said there will be a hayride, apple bobbing, a cakewalk and Bingo. The free event will include refreshments and "games for all ages," Pike said. • Safe Treat, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For ages 2-12. Now a decade-long campus tradition, Safe Treat will feature carnival-style games, candy and giveaways for children. Dozens of student organizations work together to put on the event, said Dawn Palmer, assistant director for residence life. "This is probably the only event that brings this many student organization at once to offer something" for the community, Palmer said. • "The Not So Scary Fairy Tales," Townsend Center, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Group tours, 6:30-9 p.m. Event with prizes for winners, $7:30 p.m. Tickets -- $5 for adults/$3 for children. Tickets/information -- 678-839-4722 or www.townsendcenter.org . ••• SATURDAY, OCT. 29 • Fall Festival, Luthersville Neighborhood Service Center, Luthersville City Complex, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • Summit Family YMCA Fall Festival, 11 a.m-2 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot. Costume contest, crafts, pumpkin painting, games food, kids' zumba, live music by Reign. • Fall Festival, Newnan Christian School, White Oak Shopping Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Booths, moonwalk, dunking tank and a country store will be featured. Barbecue plates will be $7, including a drink. A huge cake auction will start at 2 p.m. • Halloween Event, Michaels, Newnan Crossing West, 11 a.m.=2 p.m. Costume parades, Make-it-Take-its, face painting. Free. • Great Bowls of Chili Cookoff, downtown Grantville, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Information, 770-583-9013 or 770-583-9900. • Harvest Day Fall Festival, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, noon-3 p.m. Games and prizes. Friendly costumes only -- no witches, devils, goblins, monsters. • Fall Festival, Living By Faith Church, noon. Stacie Kittle said there will be carnival games, snacks, raffles, cakewalks and a space walk. A costume contest and Trunk-or-Treat are also planned. "Then in the evening," there will be "chili, hotdogs , team challenge games, a bonfire, marshmallows, S'mores and lots of fun all day," she said. • Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat, Oaklawn Baptist Church, 2-4 p.m. Games, prizes, candy. Children's cakewalk, free. Adult cakewalk, $1. Free hotdogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and cotton candy. Donations accepted. Attendees asked to bring a can of food for the church food pantry. • Fall Festival, Northside Baptist Church, 4 p.m. Hayrides, Bingo, costume contest, chili cookoff. Concert by local Christian recording artist, Chelsie Boyd, 6 p.m. Donations will go to Jamaica mission fund. "Admission is free, but donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated," said church member Andi Masdon. "We are trying to raise money for our 2012 mission trip." • Fall Festival, Line Creek Baptist Church, 4-7 p.m. Hayrides. popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, candy. Bounce house, games, prizes. Free. • "The Not So Scary Fairy Tales," Townsend Center, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Group tours, 4:30-9 p.m. Costume contest, 6 p.m. Event with prizes for winners, $7:30 p.m. Tickets -- $5 for adults/$3 for children. Tickets/information -- 678-839-4722 or www.townsendcenter.org . • Fall Festival, East Newnan Baptist Church, 5-7 p.m. East Newnan member June Harris said the event will offer "fun for the entire family." There will be a rock wall, a 22' inflatable slide, a bungee run, an obstacle course and a moon walk. Face painting and horse rides are planned, and Trunk-or-Treat will be held. • Fall Festival, Southside Baptist Church, Moreland, 5-8 p.m. • Fall Festival, Open Door Baptist Church, Senoia, 5-9 p.m. Hayride, games. prizes, cakewalk, bounce house, hotdogs, candy. Trunk-or-Treat. Costume contest for biblical characters only. • Trunk-or-Treat, Unity Baptist Church, 5-8 p.m. Judy Ethridge said the event will take place "at the back of the worship center in the parking lot." • Fall Festival/Trunk-or-Treat, Senoia United Methodist Church, 6-8 p.m. • Ghost Tour of Downtown Newnan, meeting west side of Coweta County Courthouse, 7 p.m. Led by local historian Elizabeth Beers and sponsored by Main Street Newnan. Spooky cookies and witches brew will be served at Sugar Magnolia after the tour. Limited to 20 people. Cost is $15 adults and $10 children. Reservations 770-253-0500 or email elizbeers@att.net. • Dot Moore speaking on "No Remorse: The Rise and Fall of John Wallace," Asa M. Powell Sr. Expo Center off Temple Avenue, 7-9 p.m. Halloween treats will be served. Attendees are invited to come in costume and bring the children. • David Wilson autographing "Curse of the Vampire," Grantville's Little Haunted House, LaGrange Street, Grantville, 7 p.m. Admission to spook house is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 15 and younger. ••• SUNDAY, OCT. 30 • Tour Oak Hill Cemetery with local historian Elizabeth Beers, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Main Street Newnan. Take a walking tour through the older section. Tickets, $15. Each tour limited to 20 people. Reservations 770-253-0500 or email elizbeers@att.net. • Trunk-or-Treat, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg, 4-6 p.m. The free event will offer "pumpkin carving, face painting, bouncy houses, games, and tons of candy," Mark S. Jordan, pastor of the church, said. Jordan said food will include hotdogs and popcorn. • Fall-O-Ween Jesus, fall festival, Sargent Baptist Church, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat, cakewalk, prizes, concert. No scary costumes. • Trunk-or-Treat, Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Volunteers will decorate their trunks and pass out candy. There also will be an inflatable slide, bounce house and maze. • All Hallows' Eve Service, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 6-7 p.m. Led by youth. ••• MONDAY, OCT. 31 – HALLOWEEN • Downtown Trick-or-Treat, downtown Newnan, 10 a.m.-noon. Main Street Newnan event features candy and giveaways -- courtesy of downtown merchants. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and are encouraged to wear a costume. • Halloween Treats for Kids, Avalon Health and Rehabilitation, 10 a.m.-noon. Parents or grandparents are invited to bring children to Avalon, 120 Spring St., where the residents will be giving out treats. • Trunk--or-Treat, Mary Ray Schoolhouse, Raymond, 5-7 p.m. Vehicles offering treats will be gathered at the historic school -- now a community center -- just off Highway 16. • Fall Festival Family Fun Night, First Baptist Church, Newnan, Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Funny and silly costumes welcome. • Halloween at the Callaway home, Hills & Dales, LaGrange, 5:30-8 p.m. To participate, enter the Hills & Dales Drive entrance gate. Staff will direct participants as the historic museum continues the custom of giving candy bars to all costumed children. • A Walk In The Park, Fall Festival, Macedonia Baptist Church, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Members of Friends Of The Bend, the volunteer organization of Chattahoochee Bend State Park will be present. "In addition to learning about the new state park, festival visitors will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Georgia State Park mascot, the Get Out Gopher," Peggy Holloway said. "Lots of games, treats, a cakewalk, door prizes" are planned, she said. "Pizza and drinks will be available, and kids under age 11 eat free." Macedonia's event will be indoors. • Fall Festival, Woolsey Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. "There will be fun activities for the whole family, including games, candy, a cakewalk, Trunk or Treat, hotdogs, popcorn -- and more," Patti Phillips said. • Fall Festival, Rehoboth Baptist Church, Luthersville, 6-8 p.m. • Harvest Fest, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Free. • Trick or Treat the Church, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Welcome, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treaters in the Welcome area can come to Mt. Carmel and pick up a trick-or-treat bag which will contain candy, crafts and other goodies -- along with a contest form for every child. The United Methodist Women will be holding the "Fall Festival in a Bag" for local children in lieu of a fall festival or Trunk-or-Treat event. The contest form in the bag will allow each child to submit a drawing to be the church's Christmas Card cover this year. Drawings are to be turned in at a free pizza party in the church fellowship hall on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. Gift cards will also be given to first, second and third place winners of the drawing contest in addition to having their drawing grace the Christmas card cover. "All children are welcome, but you must get your trick-or-treat bag on Halloween night to have an entry form for the contest," Melissa Key said. • Hallelujah Night, basement, Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m. "There will free pizza, candy, games and prizes for children of all ages, from 2-92," said Matthew Bailey Jr. Bailey promised the event will offer "lots of fun." • "A Christian's View of Halloween and the Paranormal," class, Legacy Equipping Center, Fayetteville, 7-8:30 p.m. Mark and Susan Stedman, teachers, will explore the growing interested in the paranormal. The class will shed light on some of the tricks used in entertainment about the paranormal, give logical explanations for what some call "haunted", expose many of the frauds in the psychic world and discuss what the Bible has to say about all of it. There is no fee for the class, but donations will be accepted. To register or for information on either class, call 770-742-0790. ••• SUNDAY, NOV. 6 There also is one event set for later. Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road will be holding a Family Fun Day on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. There will be blow-up slides, a bounce house, food and games. All tickets will be a quarter, and proceeds will benefit the church's children's department. ••• A couple of churches are selling pumpkins, too. The Pumpkin Patch at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone opened Oct. 2 and is open Monday-Saturday from noon-7 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30-7 p.m. through the end of October. The Pumpkin Patch has a variety of sizes, and all proceeds go to missions. Pumpkins are also being sold on the broad lawn of Moreland United Methodist Church. ••• Events that have already been held include a Fall Festival benefiting the Cancer Support Group of Coweta County at Octane Coffee and Cocktails on Oct. 15. The Phi Beta Lambda chapter at the Newnan campus of West Georgia Technical College held a Fall Festival at Central Educational Center on Oct. 22 to benefit the March of Dimes. Fayetteville Main Street offered a Cemetery Walk on Oct. 22 for the fourth year. Stories shared included the cyclone of 1892, hardships of Civil War soldiers and Fayetteville's ties to Doc Holliday and Margaret Mitchell.


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