Sometimes, strolling through the same old neighborhood for Halloween gets boring. Lucky for you, there are plenty of events around town to mix things up. There’s fun for the kids and the adults, so get outside and check these out.
Maybe you’ll find a new way to do Halloween this year.
For the kids
Trick or Treat on the Trail
Businesses will set up home fronts along the greenway to hand out candy at this Saturday event.
Julie Butler-Colombini said it’s “whimsical fun” in the afternoon and an event that’s seen plenty of success over the years.
“Kids literally get the feeling of going door to door trick-or-treating, but in a perfectly safe greenspace,” she said. “The Midtown Greenway is perfect for it. It’s ample in space, the trails are wide and there’s lots of space for families to play.”
There will also be a petting zoo, face painting and bounce houses at the event. Those attending can bring canned food to donate to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.
Butler-Colimbini said they started the event nine years ago, with five house fronts and 40,000 pieces of candy. Now they have 15 house fronts and 200,000 pieces of candy.
“It’s just fun and a great event,” she said. “The main purpose is we want our community to be able to enjoy this and create these memories with their families that last a lifetime.”
When: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St., Gainesville
More info: 770-531-2680
Mother Son Halloween Dance
This annual event includes a catered dinner and dancing. There’s also a costume contest and raffles.
When: 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville
More info: 770-531-2680, email@example.com
How much: City residents $50 per couple plus $17.50 for additional children; nonresidents $60 per couple plus $21 for additional children.
Trick-or-Treat on the Square
Kids can pick up a bag in the square and collect candy from participating downtown businesses, those with a window decal. A costume contest will start at 5 p.m. And face-painting can be purchased from Cherry-O the Clown and Friends.
When: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Where: Downtown square, Gainesville
For the grown-ups
This free event is put on by Downtown Drafts and features music from DJ Chris Fuller. There will be costume contests with categories for scariest, funniest and best overall.
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 25
Where: Bradford Street, downtown Gainesville square
What pairs best with a fruit wine? Candy, of course. Sweet Acre Farms will be serving Halloween candy charcuterie boards with wine flights. Special events will be held each day. First up is a showing of “Beetlejuice” at sundown Friday. On Saturday, there will be live music from Obe and Amber and free marshmallow roasting and stories until 8 p.m. Sunday is Halloween bingo. Come in costume any time during the weekend and enter a raffle.
When: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27
Where: Sweet Acre Farms, 7584 Bill Wilson Road, Alto
This party will cost you, but there will be a signature Halloween cocktail and supposedly unlimited beer and wine — and the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Food will be provided by several area restaurants.
When: 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Where: Left Nut Brewing Co., 2100 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
How much: $75
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The museum that sparks children’s imaginations will be aiming to bring out your inner child with dancing, games and a costume contest hosted by Blake Eason. There will also be food from Chicken Salad Chick, Zaxby’s and Hot Dog Ninja as well as drinks from Tap It.
“We wanted the adults to be able to have their fun on Halloween,” said Hailey Tanner, programing assistant at INK. “We wanted them to have their fun and be able to be kids for the night.”
She said INK is already decorated for Halloween with kid-friendly decorations, but with the HallowINK event, those decorations will be a little more adult-themed.
“After we close that Friday, our plan is to completely decorate the entire museum,” Tanner said. “We want to do like scary, gory, creepy decorations with live snakes and stuff like that.”
When: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1
Where: Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville
How much: $25, which includes one drink ticket