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Family events
For the week of Oct. 14-20
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This week
Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay. Arts and crafts, apple-themed events. Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, downtown Eliijay; Festival, Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 368 Craig St., Ellijay. $5 adults, free for kids age 10 and younger.

Harvest Balloon Festival, Gainesville. Races, tethered balloon rides, pumpkin carving, hay rides, dragon boat races and a costume parade. Sunday, Sterling on the Lake, 7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. Free. 770-967-9777.

Ghost Walk, Gainesville. Oct. 29-30. Seven walks each night. First walk leaves at 6 p.m. and last walk leaves at 8 p.m. Walks begin and end at the History Center. Tickets $10. Reservations strongly encouraged. Not for children younger than 10. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy Street, NE, Gainesville. For more information, call 770-297-5900, e-mail, or

Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to p.m. Monday-Saturdays. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12; age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.

Guided walking ghost tours, Flowery Branch. Through Nov. Friday-Sunday nights, times flexible. Downtown Flowery Branch. Six person minimum; call for reservations. $10 adults, $8 children and senior

Haunted Nights of Lights, Buford. Animated Halloween lights, haunted maze, pony rides, pumpkins, carnival rides, marshmallow roast and shopping. 7-11 p.m.nightly through Oct. 31, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Buford. $20 per car Monday-Thursday, $25 per car Friday-Sunday.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movies at dusk; haunted house. Maze open now throughNov. 21: 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 4-11:30 p.m.Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 10a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. $10 adults, $9 kids age 4-10 and seniors age 60 and older, free for kids age 3 and younger. Haunted house priced separately. Combination and group pricing available. Call to schedule group visit. 800-959-1874.

Jaemor Cornfield Maze Adventure, Alto. Through Nov. 6. Sept. hours: 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m.Sunday; Oct. hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. Jaemor Farms, 5340 Ga. 365, Alto. $8 age 10 and older, $7 age 3-9, free for age 2 and younger. 770-869-3999.