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North Georgia set for sweets and scares with Trick-or-Treat events
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Children line up to have their faces painted at last year’s Trick-or-Treat on the Square in downtown Gainesville.

Trick-or-Treat on the Square

When: 3-5 p.m. OCt. 31

Where: Downtown Gainesville square

Cost: Free

More info: www.gainesville.org

Every Halloween for almost 20 years, children have descended on downtown Gainesville for Trick-or-Treat on the Square and this year will be no different.

The Gainesville Communications and Tourism Department has put on the event “as long as (they) can remember,” Main Street Gainesville Manager Regina Mansfield said.

From 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31, stores on the square are scheduled to hand out candy and treats to children clad in colorful and scary costumes.

Children also will be eligible for the costume contest at 4:30 p.m. Winners from each age group, 0-4, 5-8 and 9-13 years old, will be chosen.

But children will not be the only ones vying for accolades. Some square merchants are competing in a scarecrow contest.

Pictures of each business’ scarecrow were posted Wednesday on the Downtown Gainesville Facebook page. Residents may vote by liking their favorite scarecrow picture.

The scarecrows are set up in the square on bales of hay and will be on display during the Halloween event. Winners will be announced during the children’s costume contest.

The two-hour event provides a safe alternative to door to door trick-or-treating, Mansfield said.

“It’s a perfect time, 3 to 5,” she said. “So it’s not in the evening, and they’re all safe on the square.”

For those in Dahlonega on Halloween, the night will be just as exciting.

As in years past, the University of North Georgia’s annual Trunk-or-Treat event will occur in conjunction with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants’ Trick-Or-Treat Dahlonega.

For Trunk-or-Treat, UNG students have submitted a car trunk or candy, or volunteered to work the event. Last year, students pulled out 25 to 35 trunks and drew 1,136 people, about 400 of which were children.

“The students enjoy dressing up and spending time with the children,” said Treva Smith, Director of the University of North Georgia residence life. “They appreciate opportunities to connect with and give back to the community.”

Children in costume can walk from trunk to trunk, collecting candy from students.

The event is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on the university’s Dahlonega campus in Lot 16 off Chestatee Street.

Downtown Dahlonega merchants will sponsor their trick-or-treating from 4:30-6 p.m. Children dressed in appropriate costumes may collect candy from businesses and enter a costume contest.

Registration for the contest is from 4:30-4:45 p.m. at the Dahlonega Gold Museum. First, second and third place and most original winners will be rewarded by age group.

To help, donate candy at the Visitors Center, Community and Southern Bank or the United Community Bank Main Branch.

Attendees for both events are encouraged to park near the university or the square and walk between the events.

For more information on Trick-or-Treat Dahlonega, call the Visitors Center at 706-864-3711. For more on Trunk-or-Treat, call Treva Smith at 706-864-1902.

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