Halloween Happenings



We told you about all the great fall festivals and local pumpkin patches last week, so now here is Part 2 — all of the local Trunk-or-Treat and Halloween events happening at the end of the month! Get the kids (and yourself) dressed up for some Halloween fun!

{Many of the church-based events are seeking donations of candy for these events. If you will be attending one, please consider a donation!}


Saturday, October 17:

The Avenue Fall Festival – West Cobb. 3pm – 5pm. Marietta.
Join us for a family fun event with trick or treating and children’s entertainment. Enjoy store-to-store Trick or Treating, Giveaways, Princesses and Superheros, Minions and FREE kid’s entertainment throughout the center.


Sunday, October 18:

Track or Treat Fun Run. Check in at 1:45pm. Swift Cantrell Park.
Have an amazing day with your family while supporting the only domestic violence shelter in Cobb County! $15 Entry Fee (Register by 10.15.2015), $20 Entry Fee (Race day registration). Register at www.trackortreat.com
All activities included in your registration:  Races (1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1 mile), Trick or Treating, Archery Provided by Cabela’s, Crafts Provided by Home Depot, Face Painting, Inflatables, Dance Contest


Friday, October 23:

Tricks and Treats at Champion Kids. 5:30pm – 8pm.
1465 Canton Road, Ste. 100, Marietta GA
Champion Kids is hosting their first ever fall festival. Children can wear their Halloween costumes, bring their candy bags, and participate in an evening of fun and movement! There will be free play in one of the gyms on a variety of equipment, candy and prizes, vendor tables, AND (the best part) they will have one of the gyms set up where a member of their staff will demonstrate a gymnastics move, and then the child will get a chance to do the “trick” for a “treat”.  You must purchase a wristband in advance through the site linked above. They will not be sold the day of the event.


Saturday, October 24:

Children’s Halloween Costume Parade. 9am – 10pm.
Starts at Smyrna First Baptist. 1275 Church Street SE, Smyrna.
The Smyrna Police Department hosts its annual Halloween costume parade for children on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Registration begins at 9:00 am in the rear parking lot of Smyrna First Baptist Church and the parade will begin at 9:30 am. The parade will travel north on King Street, around Village Green Circle and end in the memorial field where we will have a costume contest with four celebrity judges. News reporter Ross Cavitt with WSB-TV will be one of the judges at this year’s event. Also, special guest McGruff The Crime Dog will make an appearance at the parade. A trophy will be given out for the best costume in the following age groups: newborn-2 years old, 3-6 years old and 7-12 years old. This event is FREE. Stay for the Fall Jonquil Festival occurring Saturday and Sunday. (Listed in our Fall Fairs, Fests and Special Events post)

Kidgets Boo Bash & Mall-Wide Trick or Treating at Towne Center at Cobb. 6pm – 8pm.
Halloween is almost here and Town Center at Cobb is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time at the Kidgits Boo Bash on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th from 6-8pm in Center Court. You won’t want to miss all the fun! Boo Bash activities will include giveaways, a bounce house, crafts, games and more. Kidgits members can enjoy all the activities and giveaways at no cost (non-members can join for only $5)! If you aren’t a member, you can sign up beforehand at Guest Services, or at the event.  Please note that the mall will NOT be hosting Trick or Treating on Saturday, October 31st! This is their only trick or treat event.


Sunday, October 25:

Tailgate Treats at First United Methodist Church of Marietta. 4pm – 6pm.
56 Whitlock Ave SW, Marietta
Costume contest, trunk and treating, games, jumpies, and more!

Fall Extravaganza at Bethany United Methodist Church. 4pm.
760 Hurt Rd, Smyrna
Join the Bethany family in a wonderful, family event. There will be games, decorated trucks for treats, face-painting, cotton candy & more! This event is sponsored by the Children & Youth Ministries. Join us!!


Wednesday, October 28:

Trunk or Treat at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. 6:30pm.
1315 Concord Rd SE, Smyrna
Please join us for a FREE Trunk or Treat Event on Wed., Oct. 28 from 6:30-8pm in the West/Sanctuary Parking lot.  Get a two-fer out of your Halloween costume-wear your costumes and bring your collection bags as you trick or treat from trunk to trunk!  All are invited!


Thursday, October 29:

Book-O-Ween. 4pm – 6pm. Smyrna Public Library.
Children under 12 are invited to come dressed as their favorite storybook character and
enjoy crafts, snacks, and trick-or-treating through the library.


Friday, October 30:

Casper’s Friendly Castle. 10am – noon.
Smyrna Community Center.
Happy Halloween fun for pre-school age children.  Join us at the Smyrna Community Center on Friday, October 30, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., for a fun-filled morning of carnival games, moon walk, giant inflatable slide, arts & crafts, and hay ride around the Village Green and more. Register online for the event / or call (678) 631-5541. $10 per family for residents, $20 for non residents

Trunk or Treat at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
4300 King Springs Rd SE, Smyrna. Wear your favorite costume or come dressed as a Saint (bring your own bag to collect candy & prizes). Event occurs rain or shine.


Saturday, October 31:

Spooky Dragonfly Festival. 10am – 5pm. Dragonfly Boutique, Concord Rd, Smyrna.
Crafts, face painting, local artists, food, trick or treating, and more will be occurring all day long at the boutique!

Life Church Smyrna Fall Festival. 5pm – 7pm.
4100 King Springs Rd, Smyrna
This free festival is a great alternative to traditional trick or treating. Inflatables (for all ages), Pony Rides, Video Game Truck, Costume Contests, Games, Food, Prizes, Candy, Smyrna Fire Truck & Safety Trailer & More! All free and all are invited.

Cobb County’s Fall Festival of Fun. 5pm – 8pm
Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta
Cobb P.A.R.K.S. along with Cobb County Public Safety, Safe Kids Cobb County and Cobb County 4-H are hosting the 16th Annual Fall Festival of Fun on Saturday, October 31st at Jim Miller Park. The event will begin at 5pm and end at 8pm. This event will provide the children of Cobb County a safe alternative to the traditional Trick-or-Treat in their neighborhoods. The festival will include arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, Police and Fire activities, costume contest for kids and adults, coloring contests, a photo booth and other surprises. Parking, entranceto the park, games, candy and contests are free (there is a fee for concessions and inflatable rides). Come wearing your Halloween costume and be sure to bring a bag to carry all of your candy!

Varner’s 1st Annual Trunk or Treat. 5pm – 8pm.
725 Concord Road, Smyrna GA
Live DJ, trunk or treating, bounce houses, pumpkin carving, face painting, Smyrna firetruck and food and drink specials!

Trunk or Treat at Hurt Road Baptist Church. 6:30 – 8:30pm.
17 Hurt Rd SW, Smyrna



We have 2 wonderful pumpkin patch/farms right here in Cobb County which offer fun, games & Halloween activities beyond pumpkins! If you’d like to make a trip of it, you can see other North Georgia pumpkin patches here in this great roundup by Atlanta Parent. As with all farms/U-Pick locations, it is always best to call ahead to verify hours!

Sleepy Hollow Farm
628 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Powder Springs
This Christmas tree farm doubles as a pumpkin patch and center for fall fun from September 26 – November 1. Enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, the pumpkin patch, pumpkin slinging, a look at farm life and special events and contests. Check website for hours.
Admission: Hayride & Corn Maze – $10 per person; Pumpkins – Prices range depending on size; Family Photography Packages start at $35

Corn on the Cobb
5630 Macland Road, Powder Springs
Still Family Farm is excited to host Corn on the Cobb, an 11-acre fall attraction located just west of Atlanta in Cobb County.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors to create some memories! Corn maze, pumpkin patch, kiddie climb, popcorn maze, hayrides and tractor display.
Admission: Admission is $15 per person, plus applicable sales tax. Includes all activities. Children ages 4 and under are free with adult admission.

If you don’t have time to make the drive to one of the large pumpkin patches, or if you just need a few more pumpkins after a carving fail, check out these local church-based pumpkin patches. As a bonus, the proceeds benefit local ministries.

Smyrna First United Methodist Pumpkin Patch
1315 Concord Rd SE, Smyrna
The Pumpkin Patch is the annual fall fundraiser for Student Ministries. Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and fall décor will be available from 4:30-8 PM weekdays and 9 AM-8 PM on weekends (an honor system is used if you want to go pumpkin shopping outside of these hours). Bring your friends and neighbors! All proceeds benefit our youth mission projects throughout the year.

Cumberland United Methodist Pumpkin Patch
2375 Paces Ferry Road, Smyrna
The proceeds of the patch go to support the mission and ministries of Cumberland United Methodist Church.

Vinings United Methodist Pumpkin Patch
3101 Paces Mill Road, Atlanta
The proceeds from the pumpkin patch go to support the Vinings UMC missions.

Due West United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch
3956 Due West Road, Marietta
Pumpkins galore! All proceeds benefit the Youth Ministries of the church.

If you’d like to keep up with all the fall happenings, we’ll be adding links as they’re published here, so you can find them all in one spot.

Happy Halloween from Smyrna Parent!

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A New Orleans girl turned Georgia peach and stay at home mom to 2 daughters. Before taking the leap into full time mothering, I worked at at an Atlanta-based advertising agency. I have lived in Smyrna for almost 10 years and am still not sure how I managed to find a job more chaotic and unpredictable than advertising.