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Get ‘Goosebumps’ at this festival and movie at the park in South Hall
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Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Madison Iseman star in "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween." - photo by Sony Pictures

Update, Oct. 24:

Hall County has canceled this event because of the threat of bad weather.

Go ahead, bundle up and snuggle up. It’s time for a spooky movie at the park.

Hall County Parks and Leisure is hosting a free Fall Festival and Movie Night event at Cherokee Bluffs Park scheduled noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

“We know from in the past doing the movies in the park, everybody enjoys a movie in the park,” said Michele Parden, special events program coordinator with the parks department. “We just wanted to give vendors the opportunity to have something local to come out and do and give the community something to do, something fun to go to.”

“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” will be showing at the park’s amphitheater around 7 p.m.

The hour-and-a-half comedic adventure movie is rated PG and according to Netflix, centers around “three teens who spend their Halloween trying to stop a magical book, which brings characters from the ‘Goosebumps’ novels to life.”

Fall Festival and Movie Night

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Cherokee Bluffs Park, 5867 Blackjack Road, Flowery Branch

How much: Free

But before the movie starts, there will be plenty to enjoy at the fall festival.

Parden said they’ll have about 20 vendors selling crafts and goods. They’ll have bounce houses, cornhole, photo booths and other games for the kids, too.

And to make sure you don’t go hungry, Jeannie’s WeeniesG. Sister's Kettle CornPaw Paw’s PeanutsMom-N-Pop Concession Shop and Marco’s Pizza will be there with food and sweets.

One of the special features of the festival that Parden is excited about it is the Col. James Roberts Cabin that will be open for tours.

“Normally the cabin is locked,” Parden said. “Most days you won't be able to just go out there and look inside there … It's something that people would enjoy seeing, so we just wanted to go ahead and open it up.”

The cabin is the former home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts and his descendants. It used to sit at the corner of Hog Mountain and Friendship roads, but was moved to Cherokee Bluffs Park after the efforts of the Hall County Historical Society, Roberts’ descendants and other community members.

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The historic Col. James Roberts Cabin sits inside Cherokee Bluffs Park in South Hall County. - photo by Scott Rogers

“You can kind of take a glimpse,” Parden said of the cabin.

Someone with the parks department will be there to give tours and share some of the cabin’s history.

Part of the purpose of the festival is to get more people to the South Hall park. Parden said Laurel Park on the northern end of the county is the most popular park, so they’re trying to get more people out to the other parks to see what they have to offer.

Parden said, “It's amazing to me still that a lot of people, they're not aware it's there.”

“This brings out that park a little more,” Parden said. “It is a beautiful area right there. We want to do more for our other parks.”

She said with the play areas for children, greenspace and amphitheatre, it’s the perfect spot for a festival and movie. 

“Our citizens, they enjoy the parks and they enjoy getting out and having something that they can do with their families that they know is safe,” Parden said. “They support us and our parks, so this is our way of giving back to them.”

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Cherokee Bluffs Park features an amphitheater, pictured here Oct. 23, 2019. The South Hall space is used for events like movie nights. - photo by Scott Rogers
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