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Halloween scares, affairs all weekend long
Fall festivals, trick-or-treating events kick off today
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Oscar Siobano, 3, dons monster costume while trick-or-treating with Martin Morales on the square in downtown Gainesville last year.

Halloween events

Trick or Treat on the Trail, Gainesville. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 26. Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St., Gainesville. Free. 770-531-2680.

Fall Festival, Gainesville. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 24. Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville. $10. 770-531-2657, lakeviewacademy.com/FallFestival.

Halloween Costume Ball, Clarkesville. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Old Clarkesville Mill, 583 Grant St., Clarkesville. Free. 706-754-3541, grantstreetmusicroom.com.

Trick-or-Treat, Dahlonega. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, with a costume contest at the Dahlonega Gold Museum at 6 p.m. on the Historic Dahlonega square. Free.

University of North Georgia’s Trunk or Treat, Dahlonega. 6 p.m. in parking lot 16 off Chestatee Street in Dahlonega. Free.

North Georgia Zoo and Farm’s Boo, Cleveland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Scavenger hunt and animals dressed in costumes. North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland. $7 adults; $5 for children ages 2-11.

Terror on the Trail, Suwanee. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26. Sims Lake Park, Suwanee Dam Road, Suwanee. $18. 678-226-6222, terroronthetrail.com.

Zombie Fun Run, Clarkesville. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26. Old Clarkesville Mill, 583 Grant St., Clarkesville. 706-754-1247.

Trick or Treat on the Square, Clarkesville. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Downtown Clarkesville.

Church events

The Springs Church Fall Festival, Flowery Branch. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 26. The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-965-9506, thespringschurch.org.

Fall festival, Murrayville. Yard and bake sale. 8 a.m. Oct. 26, Yellow Creek Baptist Church, 6007 Yellow Creek Road, Murrayville. 770-531-0559.

Trunk or Treat family carnival, Murrayville. Children can wear costumes. 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Yellow Creek Baptist Church, 6007 Yellow Creek Road, Murrayville. 770-531-0559.

Crossview Harvest, Hoschton. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Crossview Church, 1219 Ga. 124, Hoschton. Free. 678-425-9831, crossviewchurch@windstream.net.

Halloween Trunk-N-Treat, Gainesville. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27, Candler United Methodist, 4236 Roy Parks Road, Gainesville. 770-532-6719.

Free Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat, Oakwood. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27, OGT Family Worship Center, 5004 McEver Road, Oakwood. 678-971-5297

Redwine Annual Fall Fest, Gainesville. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Redwine United Methodist Church, 3285 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville. 770-536-5164.

Free Family Fun festival, Braselton. Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26, Christian Life Center, 8383 Ga. 53, Braselton. Call 770-241-0969.

With Halloween just a week away, many people are wondering what events are taking place and where they can trick or treat with their children.

In Hall County, Gainesville Park and Recreation is holding its third annual Trick or Treat on the Trail from 3-5 p.m. Saturday on the Midtown Greenway at 682 Grove St. in Gainesville.

“The event is unique in that it gives area children a safe place to trick or treat,” said Julie Butler Colombini, marketing director for the department. “We place whimsical 8-foot-tall house fronts along the trail, so it also gives them the feeling of going door to door. It’s really an awesome event.”

Trick or Treat on the Trail is free and open to the public.

In Lumpkin County, the city of Dahlonega is holding its Trick-or-Treat on the Historic Dahlonega Square from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, with a costume contest at the Dahlonega Gold Museum at 6 p.m.

The University of North Georgia is holding a Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m., where UNG students and staff will give out candy and prizes from their car trunks in parking lot 16 off Chestatee Street in Dahlonega.

In White County, the North Georgia Zoo and Farm is hosting its Halloween event Boo on Oct. 26 and 26. The zoo will feature treats and prizes, a scavenger hunt and animals dressed in costumes. Patrons who don costumes will receive a free cup of animal feed.

The zoo, at 2912 Paradise Valley Road in Cleveland, features a variety of exotic animals including wolves, foxes, camels and tarantulas.

For those who want something scarier, Terror on the Trail is up and running in Suwanee.

The scare-tactic event takes place on a 1.1-mile-long loop around Sims Lake and features people dressed as zombies. Tours will run periodically from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Each tour lasts approximately 75 minutes.

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