Con­tests, child­hood fun events for up­com­ing Hal­loween Hoopla

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

County busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in an up­com­ing scare­crow con­test be­ing or­ga­nized by the Chamber as part of a list of Hal­loween­themed events planned for this au­tumn.

The forth­com­ing con­test will start when dis­plays can be­gin go­ing out in front of busi­ness lo­ca­tions in Cedar­town, Rock­mart, Aragon and all the rest of Polk County on Sept. 3.

Scare­crows can be placed in front of a lo­cal busi­ness ac­cord­ing to Chamber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Blair El­rod, and the win­ners will get a spe­cial award and se­cure brag­ging rights through next fall.

“It’s not just for the busi­nesses who are lo­cated in the down­town ar­eas,” she said. “For in­stance, the busi­nesses along the Nathan Dean Park­way cor­ri­dor around Chick-fil-A are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate as well.”

Scare­crows need to get out quick, be­cause judg­ing will take place on Sept. 10. Prizes are be­ing awarded for Best in Polk County, Best in Cedar­town and Best in Rock­mart.

En­try can be made via e-mail to [email protected]­ge­or­gia.com.

It isn’t the only con­test that will keep the Chamber busy this year.

Start­ing on Oct. 19, the Chamber will be en­cour­ag­ing busi­nesses to take part in a Pump­kin Dec­o­rat­ing con­test as well. Each pump­kin will be posted on Face­book and the top num­ber of likes will de­ter­mine the win­ner for best small busi­ness and best large busi­ness pump­kins.

The small busi­ness cat­e­gory is for those en­ter­prises with un­der 50 em­ploy­ees, and large busi­ness for those with more than 50 on staff.

Ad­di­tion­ally, pump­kins will be dis­played at the Sil­ver Comet Trail­head and Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter and De­pot, and the front steps of the shared of­fice space within the Rock­mart His­tory Mu­seum.

Win­ners will be an­nounced dur­ing fes­tiv­i­ties on Oct. 31, and a sur­prise award will be given in both cat­e­gories on Hal­loween night.

Some other events com­ing up in­clude Spooky Sto­ries at the Cedar­town Library on Fri­day, Oct. 5 start­ing at 3 p.m. Along with the read­ing of a scary tale, youth will be able to take part in mak­ing their own Haunted House to take home.

Lead­ing up to Hal­loween night, adults are en­cour­aged to come take part in a mid­day screen­ing dur­ing the lunch hour of the 1990s Hal­loween hit “Ho­cus Po­cus.” The Oct. 25 event will be­gin at 11 a.m. and is tak­ing place at the Rock­mart cam­pus of Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege in their au­di­to­rium.

RSVPs are re­quested via the polk­ge­or­gia.com cal­en­dar list­ing, or by e-mail to [email protected] polk­ge­or­gia.com.

Youth will have one more chance be­fore their big night of trick or treat­ing to get in one more af­ter­noon of sug­arfilled fun when the Chamber of­fice in Cedar­town hosts Slime Time Kitchen.

The Oct. 26 event is $5 per child, with all the ma­te­ri­als pro­vided to make a Jello-based ed­i­ble slime cake, or a marsh­mal­low slime cake.

El­rod said the RSVP via the polk­ge­or­gia.com cal­en­dar item, or by e-mail at [email protected]­ge­or­gia.com to se­cure a spot.

Hal­loween Hoopla is be­ing or­ga­nized by the Chamber over­all, and spon­sored by H&R Block.

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