Hal­loween fun planned for to­day

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The scari­est day of the year is near­ing, and Polk County is be­com­ing the place to go for frights and sweets. Be­tween trunk-or-treats, corn mazes, fall fes­ti­vals, cos­tume con­tests, and other Hal­loween in­spired events, lo­cals are sure to get their fill of the spook­i­est hol­i­day around.

Be­fore get­ting into the bulk of the forth­com­ing spooky events this com­ing week­end and through next Wed­nes­day, a few help­ful re­minders and tips for peo­ple who plan­ning to Trick-or-Treat this year.

First, re­mem­ber that dur­ing the evening hours that all who are out (in­clud­ing lit­tle ghouls and gob­lins wan­der­ing from house to house) should al­ways wear re­flec­tive cloth­ing, and an adult should be with their chil­dren at all times, if pos­si­ble.

Ad­di­tion­ally, lo­cal of­fi­cials ask that ev­ery­one slow down and drive safely on Hal­loween night to avoid both traf­fic vi­o­la­tions and the po­ten­tial to hurt peo­ple wan­der­ing about be­fore the witch­ing hour strikes.

For youth, only ever take candy that is pre-pack­aged as a pre­cau­tion against any po­ten­tial threats that may have been in­serted within.

Other ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion of note, lo­cal busi­nesses that have their scare­crows still up for the fall sea­son need to get them down later this week as the sea­son moves on­ward to­ward the Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas hol­i­days. They must be re­moved in Cedar­town by Mon­day, Nov. 5.

Here’s a list of some of what’s hap­pen­ing around Polk County tonight for the Hal­loween hol­i­day:

Fes­ti­val of Treats: One re­cur­ring Hal­loween tra­di­tion is Rock­mart’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Treats which beck­ons cit­i­zens down­town for candy, kids cos­tume con­tests, pet cos­tume con­tests, face paint­ing, and much more. Cit­i­zens can head down­town on Oc­to­ber 31 from 4:30 through 6:30 p.m. for ev­ery­thing Hal­loween. The fes­ti­val is com­pletely free and ev­ery­one from vam­pires to princesses are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Cedar­town Trick or

Treat­ing: Cedar­town is once again invit­ing the county’s ghosts and ghouls to the city’s down­town area on Hal­loween day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. where busi­nesses and lo­cals will be hand­ing out candy. Don’t let your child leave with his or her treats too early be­cause there will be a cos­tume con­test and a pet cos­tume con­test shortly af­ter.

Carl­ton Corn Maze: Oc­to­ber is also when Carl­ton Farm un­veils their an­nual corn maze. While not haunted this year, nav­i­gat­ing the maze through chilly fall weather fits the hol­i­day just as well. Those itch­ing to test their nav­i­ga­tion skills can show up at the farm at 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rock­mart. Tick­ets to the maze usu­ally run from $5 to $7 de­pend­ing on date and time.

Po­lice Depart­ment Trunkor-Treat: The Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment is of­fer­ing a safe way to col­lect candy with its sec­ond

an­nual trunk-or-treat on Hal­loween day be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m. Those in­ter­ested need only show up at Cedar­town’s 73 Clines In­gram Jack­son Rd. Sleepy Hol­low Wed­ding

Shoot: A wed­ding shoot themed af­ter Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing’s ‘The Leg­end of Sleepy Hol­low’ is be­ing held at

Hightower Falls, 771 Hightower Falls Road, Cedar­town, and those in­ter­ested in the Novem­ber 7 event can get tick­ets for $55. Check-in be­gins at 1:30 p.m. and shoot­ing be­gins at 2 p.m.

/ Contributed

A scary af­ter­noon of fun at the Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter and De­pot was had by youth and adults alike for the Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s “Slime Time,” part of their sea­son-long Hal­loween Hoopla spon­sored lo­cally by H&R Block. Hal­loween events con­tinue to­day.

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