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Halloween events

For the week of Oct. 23-29

POSTED: October 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.

This week

Mother and Son Dance Spooktacular, Gainesville. Dress in costume. 5:30 to 8 p.m.Thursday, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $20 per person. 770-531-2680.

Ghost Walk, Gainesville. Listen to ghost stories as you take a tour covering five blocks near Brenau University. Tours every 20 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. $6 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations recommended. 770-297-5900.

NightFall Halloween Festival, Gainesville. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Learn about nocturnal creatures from animal-costumed naturalists, live animals, face painting, crafts, storytelling and treats. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 Elachee members, $5 nonmembers, free for children age 1 and younger. 770-535-1976.

Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain. Pumpkins, parade, costume-making, backyard circus, dress-up and crafts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. $25 for adults, $20 for ages 3-11, $8 vehicle entry fee. 770-498-5690.

Southern Tree Plantation, Blairsville. Hayrides, maze, pony rides and inflatable slide. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Southern Tree Plantation, 2531 Owltown Road, Blairsville. 706-745-0601.

Ghost tours, Lawrenceville. 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Tours begin at the Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. adults $12, children $9 Sunday-Thursday; $15 adults, $12 children Friday and Saturday. 678-226-6222.

Fest of Ale, Atlanta. See "Scarecrows in the Garden." Live music and cash bar with Halloween-themed beers. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through October, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $12 adults, $9 seniors and children ages 3-17, free for children age 3 and younger and garden members. 404-876-5859.

Life is Good Pumpkin Festival, Flowery Branch. Pumpkin carving, hayrides and costume parade. Benefits charities for disadvantaged children, including HomeAid and Project Joy. 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. Free. 770-967-9777.

HalloWINE Celebration, Dahlonega. Music and wine tasting. 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Three Sisters Vineyards, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. 706-865-9463.

Trek or Treat, Suwanee. Face painting, games, crafts, costume parade and trick-or-treating along Suwanee Greenway. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway, Suwanee. Free. 770-945-8996.

Halloween activities and crafts, Gainesville. Make your own mask or trick-or-treating bag. Saturday-Oct. 31, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. $4 per person for admission; additional costs for materials. Kids are invited to wear a costume on Oct. 31. 770-536-1900.

Fall Festival & Chili Cook-off, Buford. Hayride, games, inflatable jumping toys and candy. 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Lakeland Baptist Church, 4917 Golden Parkway Suite 400, Buford. Free. 678-492-3611.

Goblins in the Garden, Atlanta. See scarecrows throughout the garden. Pumpkin bowling, cornucopia bean bag toss, face painting and a costume parade. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $12 adults, $9 seniors and children ages 3-17, free for children age 3 and younger and garden members. 404-876-5859.

Fall festival, Flowery Branch. Trick-or-treat, games, face painting, hayrides and chili cook-off. 4 p.m. Sunday, The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-965-9506.

Really Really Big Halloween Party, Duluth. Halloween games, stories, prize wheel and trick-or-treating. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-476-5160.

Boonanza, Athens. Carnival games, prizes, haunted house and costume contest. For ages 4-15. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rocksprings Park, 105 Columbus Ave., Athens. $2 per person for 10 game tickets. $1 per person for haunted house.

Upcoming

Halloween carnival, Athens. Haunted trick-or-treat tour of Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail. For children age 12 and younger. 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30, Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens. $2 per person. 706-613-3580.

Trick or Treat on the Square, Gainesville. 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31, downtown Gainesville.

Hometown Halloween on the Square, Blairsville. Trick-or-treat. Oct. 31, downtown Blairsville. 706-745-5789.

Trick-or-treating, Buford. For children age 12 and younger in costume. No masks. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-482-8788.

Day Off School Fall Spooktacular, Athens. For elementary school students. Halloween-themed crafts, snacks, stories and games. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 706-613-3580.

Ongoing

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Maze, hayrides and haunted house. North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. Maze, $10 adults, $9 children age 11 and younger. Haunted house, $15 adults, $14 children. Hayride, $5 adults, $4 children. 800-959-1874.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville. Maze, haunted trails and pumpkin patch. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, 4525 Ga. 53, Dawsonville. $9 admission, free for children age 3 and younger. Free admission to pumpkin patch; pumpkin and gourd prices vary. 888-674-8257.

Corn maize, Alto. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays from Saturday through Nov. 1. Jaemor Farm Market, 5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto. $8 adults, $7 children ages 4-7, free for children age 3 and younger. 770-869-3999 or info@jamsjellies.com.



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