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More treats than tricks in free Trail event

Candy, critters and a movie on tap at Saturday event at Rock Creek Park

POSTED: October 27, 2011 12:30 a.m.

Organizers have worked hard to make sure that Trick or Treat on the Trail participants find sugar and spice and everything nice during their event this weekend.

"Everything is completely free," said Julie Butler Colombini, Gainesville Parks and Recreation communications manager.

The event is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Rock Creek Park, located at the corner of West Academy Street and Northside Drive in Gainesville near the Hall County library.

There will be a petting zoo, bounce houses and, of course, trick-or-treating.

At 7 p.m., the kid-friendly movie "Hocus Pocus" will be shown in the park's amphitheater.

Admission is free, but participants are encouraged to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

Kids will be able to collect candy along the Rock Creek Greenway down to Adair Street from volunteers at mini houses that have been given whimsical coats of paint to resemble zebra stripes, butterflies and polka dots.

Colombini says participants expect to hand out more than 30,000 pieces of candy. The trick-or-treating will conclude when the movie begins.

There is no charge for activities, though concessions will be available for purchase.

Although this is the first year for the trail event, which is being presented by the parks and recreation department and North Georgia Families, organizers hope to make it an annual occurrence.



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