Trick-or-treaters get ready to haunt Southern Crescent

By Greg Gelpi

The murkiness of the morning fog was displaced by a stream of vividly clothed preschoolers.

Princesses, soldiers and an assortment of cartoon characters followed the sidewalk around Jonesboro United Methodist Church. The church's preschool children displayed their costumes and creativity during its annual Halloween Harvest Parade Friday.

Donning one of the more popular costumes, 4-year-old Peter Kreamer, who insisted his name was Peter Parker, dressed as Spiderman from his bright blue pants to his red painted face.

Ayanda Patrick, 4, and her mother Ticky Patrick compromised on her costume.

Cloaked in all black with a hood masking her head, Ayanda remained in character, not saying a word.

She's a tomboy and had wanted to be Spiderman or Flash Gordon, her mother said.

Even Charlie Brown made the parade.

Wearing a mustard-colored shirt with a blue stripe, Ellis West, 4, clinched a Snoopy stuffed animal.

Athough some in the Southern Crescent are unsure when to celebrate Halloween since it falls on a Sunday, area churches and other groups have set their Halloween schedules.

Officials in Hampton are encouraging children to trick-or-treat on Saturday to avoid the dangers of race traffic surrounding activities at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The following is a list of Halloween activities scheduled for Henry and Clayton counties:

The Jonesboro Greenhouse will have a costume party and s?ances. The costume party for children and adults will be at 4 p.m. Saturday. Seances for adults only will be at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The events are by reservation only. For more information, call (770) 477-1084.

Hands of Hope Clinic will have its first Halloween Eve Goblin Gallop, a 5K run and one-mile fun run at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Registration begins at the bridge by the railroad tracks in downtown Stockbridge. Call (770) 507-7597 or e-mail bgryphon@aol.com for more information.

Peachtree Peddlers Flea Market will host the 10th annual Trail of Trick or Treats from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event includes face painting, balloon animals, a rock climbing wall, coloring contests and more. To learn more, call Gail or Peggy at (770) 914-2269 ext. 102.

Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove invites area children to trick or treat from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The outlet center is also hosting a Halloween window display contest, which will be judged by local business leaders. Call (770) 957-5310 for more information.

A fall festival will be Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jenkins Farm, 2486 Airline Road, McDonough. The event will include a gospel bluegrass band, a hayride, pumpkin painting, a cake walk and more. For more information, call Summer Dobbs at (770) 957-2900.

Cornerstone Baptist Church, 171 Collier Road, Stockbridge, is hosting its second annual Trunk-A-Treat from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend and dress in their favorite costumes. Call (770) 474-6476 to learn more.

Harvest Worship Center will host Harvest Festival for children 16 and younger from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1121 Meredith Park, Locust Grove. To learn more, call (770) 506-1101.

Stockbridge Assembly of God, 3910 North Henry Blvd., Stockbridge, will host its annual Harvest Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event is free. For more information, call (770) 474-8352.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will host a Community Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 397 Racetrack Road as alternative to trick-or-treating. There will be trunk-a-treat, hayrides and a moonwalk. Everything is free. The public is asked not to wear scary costumes. This event is sponsored by Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Call (770) 957-4728 for more information.

A fall festival will be at Mt. Bethel Methodist, Ga. Highway 81 East, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be a moonwalk, costume competition (no scary costumes), cake walk and hotdog supper. Call (770) 954-1194 to learn more.

Stockbridge Community Church welcomes the community for family festivities and fun from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. There will be hayrides, pony rides, a moonwalk, games, prizes, trunk or treat, pictures and food. Call (770) 474-0084 for more information.

Victory Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church presents its first Hallelujah Fall Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Richard Craig Park in McDonough. To learn more, call (678) 289-9377.

A Fall Festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday on the corner of Airline Road and Ga. Highway 20. The event will feature a slide, a moonwalk, face-painting, hair-braiding, a Frisbee obstacle course, a toddler hay maze, arts and crafts, games, live music and more.

First Christian Church of Stockbridge, 102 Valley Hill Road, Stockbridge, will hold a Harvest Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature games, a moonwalk, prizes and pictures. To learn more, call (770) 474-2285 or visit www.fcc-stockbridge.org.

McDonough Christian Church invites the public to Pumpkin Pizzazz from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 2000 Jonesboro Road, McDonough. Activities include trunk or treat, a costume contest and a hotdog supper. For more information, call (770) 954-9332.

Jodeco Baptist Church, 1290 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge, is hosting its Fall Festival from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday as an alternative to trick-or-treating." Call (770) 474-3420 for more information.

First Christian Church, 102 Valley Hill Road, Stockbridge, is hosting its Harvest Festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.fcc-stockbridge.org or call (770) 474-2285 for more information.

Morrow Presbyterian Church is conducting its annual Fall Festival Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to dress in costume (no scary ones please) and plan to enjoy an evening filled with games, treats and a hotdog dinner.

Jones Memorial Church will hold its annual barbecue and yard sale Saturday. There will be a Halloween Costume Contest for all the neighborhood children. The Jonesmen Quartet will lead the singing. The yard sale begins at 8:30 a.m., the bake sale and barbecue at 11 a.m. and the judging of children's Halloween costumes at 3 p.m. Plates are $6 and sandwiches $3.50.