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Trick-or-treat trips and costume parties planned throughout Northeast Georgia
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Parents and kids fill the green space during last year’s Gainesville Parks and Recreation Agency’s Trick-or-Treat on the Trail at the Midtown Greenway. - photo by Get Out file photo

Trick-or-treat on the Trail

When: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 25

Where: Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St., Gainesville

Cost: Free, but canned food donations accepted

More info: www.exploregainesville.org

For a month associated with spooky ghosts and haunting horsemen, the remaining weekends in October are filled with a plethora of Halloween-themed activities.

One event in Gainesville estimated to draw more than 5,000 to the Midtown Greenway is the annual Trick-or-Treat on the Trail.

For the fourth year in a row, children wearing costumes will fill the park, going door-to-door to fill their bags and buckets with sweet, sugary treats.

“It is so hard now to find neighborhoods to walk going door-to-door,” said Julie Butler Colombini, the marketing/communications manager for Gainesville Parks and Recreation. “Not a lot of children have that safe place.”

But even safe neighborhoods with residents doling out candy can’t compare to the city-sponsored event. Aside from the 8-foot house fronts specially built by the parks division staff, Midtown Greenway will have a petting zoo, games, bounce houses and music for children and their parents to enjoy.

The two-hour event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Oct. 25 at 682 Grove St. It is recommended children trick-or-treating are 12 and younger.

While admission is free, the Parks and Recreation department asks attendees to bring a canned food item as a donation to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

For more information, visit www.exploregainesville.org.

Another event attracting costume-clad kids is Boo at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25-26 at the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland.

Children who arrive in costume will receive a free feed cup. After petting the animals, children and their parents can participate in a scavenger hunt, hold a tarantula or dig for treasure, according to the zoo’s website.

Children also can take home lots of prizes or goodies as well as learn about the creepy crawlies residing inside the zoo.

General admission into the farm and petting zoo is $8 for adults and $6 for children 2 to 11 years old. Infants may enter for free. For more hands-on encounters with the animals, prices vary.

For more information, visit www.myfavoritezoo.com or call 706-348-7279.

For a scarier October night, The Northeast Georgia History Center is scheduled to host Ghost Walks on Oct. 24 and 25. Walks depart every 20 minutes from 6-8 p.m.

Children 10 and younger are prohibited from attending the walks because of the content of the stories.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be bought in advance by calling 770-297-5900.

For those who want to include their nonhuman friends — not zombies, but dogs — Laurel Park will host the Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest and parade.

The event is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26, at 3100 Old Cleveland Highway.

Contest categories will be scariest, funniest, cutest, best owner/pet look-alike and best overall. Following the contest, pets will parade around in their costumes for 1 mile.

Admission is free, but participants are asked to donate pet-friendly items such as newspapers or paper towels for the Hall County Animal Shelter. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

For more information, contact Brooke Whitmire at bwhitmire@hallcounty.org or Cindy Langman at 678-450-1587 or clangman@hallcounty.org.

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