Halloween festivities split across 2 days
by staff reports
October 08, 2010 12:00 AM | 11530 views | 5 5 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It happens every few years, and when it does, the phones at the Cherokee Tribune light up.

"Since Halloween is on a Sunday, when do we trick-or-treat?" the callers ask, citing concerns about it being a day of worship and the night before a school day.

As in 2004 and 1999, when Halloween also fell on a Sunday, the Tribune asked Cherokee's county and city government leaders whether they were making a recommendation.

Two cities - Ball Ground and Canton - are recommending trick-or-treaters go door-to-door on Saturday. The city of Canton will also present a free community event on Saturday.

Neither the Cherokee County government or sheriff's office or the cities of Holly Springs or Nelson are making recommendations.

The Waleska City Council will talk about the issue at its meeting on Oct. 18.

Woodstock's leaders are offering two choices: The city will present a free community event on Saturday, but officers will also be out patrolling and passing out candy on Sunday evening.

Ball Ground City Manager Eric Wilmarth suggests trick-or-treaters follow a guideline for the holiday no matter which day they observe it.

"We do remind our trick-or-treat participants that typically if a household has their porch light off, it is an indication that they are either out of candy or are not participating," he said. "Children should only treat-or-treat at dwellings that are lit."

The Woodstock Police Department also issued a reminder that all trick-or-treaters should wear light colored apparel, carry a flashlight and walk in groups.

For families looking for an option other than door-to-door trick-or-treating, there are plenty of options in Cherokee County.

Here are some of them:

Oct. 23

Reinhardt University residence halls will open their doors for the annual free "Halloween Trick or Treat" event from 5 to 7 p.m. Children can wear costumes and trick-or-treat in specially decorated dorm halls. The campus is at 7300 Reinhardt College Cir., Waleska. (770) 720-9202; SJH

@reinhardt.edu.

Oct. 24

Sixes United Methodist Church will present a free "Trunk-or-Treat" event from 5 to 7 p.m. in its parking lot at 8385 Bells Ferry Road, Canton. Children can dress up in costumes and fill their bags with candy passed out from church members' cars. (770) 345-7644; www.sixesumc.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Canton First United Methodist Church will present a free "Trunk-or-Treat" event at 5:15 p.m. Children are invited to wear non-scary costumes to the event, which includes candy, face painting and games. Dinner will be available, and the cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger with a $15 maximum per family. Reservations for dinner are needed by Oct. 25. The church is at 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. (770) 479-2502; www.cantonfirstumc.org.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Kroger supermarkets and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will present "Moonlight Madness" from 4 to 7 p.m. at the stores at 8020 Cumming Highway/Highway 20 in Macedonia and 2295 Towne Lake Parkway. The free events include trick-or-treating, a costume contest, games, refreshments and safety information. (678) 493-4000; www.cherokeecountyfire.org.

Saturday, Oct. 30

The City of Canton's Second Annual Great Downtown Canton Pumpkin Festival is from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cannon Park on the square in downtown Canton. The free event includes trick-or-treating, a children's parade and costume contest, a pumpkin carving contest, a bounce house, live music, arts and crafts, face painting and other children's activities. (770) 704-1500; www.canton-georgia.com.

The City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department will present KidsFest from 3 to 7 p.m. at Woodstock City Park at 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. The free annual event includes candy, moonwalks, stringed apple and pumpkin bowling games, face painting, Tim the Magician, Adam the Juggler and a disc jockey. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, and there will be a costume contest at 6 p.m. Concessions will be for sale. (770) 517-6788; www.woodstockga.gov.

Sixes Presbyterian Church's fall festival is from 5 to 8 p.m. The free event includes a costume contest for children and adults, a chili cookoff, inflatables, games, crafts, hayrides, music with a DJ and raffles. Anyone who brings a new blanket to be donated to MUST Cherokee will receive three free raffle tickets. The church is at 2335 Sixes Road, Canton. (770) 485-1975; www.sixeschurch.org.

Towne Lake Community Church's fall festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. The church is at 132 N. Medical Parkway. (678) 445-8766; www.tlcchurch.com.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Hillcrest Baptist Church's fall festival is from 7 to 9 p.m. The free event includes "Trunk-or-Treat," inflatables, a chili cookoff, games, a cake walk, face painting and hot dogs. The church is at 6069 Woodstock Road in southwest Cherokee. (770) 917-9100; www.hbcacworth.org.

Waleska First Baptist will present a free "Trunk-or-Treat" event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with candy, inflatable bouncers and slides, live music, drawings and concessions. The church is at 10657 Fincher Road. (770) 720-0844.

Woodstock Christian Church's fall festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. The church is at 7700 Highway 92. (770) 926-8238; wcc@woodstockchristian.org.

The Woodstock Police Department will be patrolling residential areas in the city and passing out candy to trick-or-treaters from 6 to 9 p.m. (770) 592-6012; visit www.woodstockga.gov.
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sam410
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October 30, 2010
most church holidays are base on some kind of pagan celebration
darthmeghan
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October 28, 2010
personally, I see nothing wrong with skipping one PM church service so that our kids can go out and have a fun night trick-or-treating! And as far as it being a school night goes, how would it be any different if Halloween fell on a Tuesday? Would people want to do it early or later so that their precious kids won't stay up too late? Please, everybody needs to get over themselves, suck it up, and celebrate Halloween on the day that it falls. The End.
SAHMof2
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October 23, 2010
I don't believe the above mentioned article was hinting at Halloween being evil or against any one religion. I certainly didn't take it that way! It does, however, bring up the very reasonable point that most parents, such as myself would think of. Trick or Treaters might either miss the evening all together b/c of Sunday pm services or might be out too late on a school night. So, having Saturday pm as an alternative would probably make it a little easier for parents and make for more rested kids for school Monday am. If my innocent little girl rings your doorbell dressed like Cinderella on Saturday night and you have the nerve to tell her to come back on Halloween, then your either completely heartless or you just don't have kids!
brianm76
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October 08, 2010
Halloween is on 10/31 not 10/30 not 11/1 but 10/31. If you think that Halloween is evil, against your religion, or for whatever ignorant reason you want the rest of the world to observe Halloween on a day other than Sunday get over yourselves! Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for kids of all ages to get dressed up and go door to door and get candy. Nothing else, nothing more. Keep your beliefs to yorself and don't knock on my door on any other day than 10/31. Hey you know what Santa wheres red, maybe we should stop allowing him to visit our homes since red is eviil ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
Halloweenlover
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October 08, 2010
If I get any trick or treaters on Saturday, I will tell them to come back on Halloween.
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