JASPER TRICK OR TREAT, ZOMBIE WALK AND HORROR FLICKS
Downtown Jasper Merchants Trick-or-Treat, 4-6 p.m.
City of Jasper/Countywide Trick-or-Treating, 5-8 p.m.
Zombie Walk, 6:30 p.m. downtown Jasper
Scary Movies shown at Lee Newton Park at sunset
This year the Jasper Merchants Association has put together two free family friendly events on Saturday, October 31 for all ages, beginning with the Trick or Treat on Main Street starting at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Main Street will be closed off for all the trick or treaters on Halloween night. This will be a rain or shine event, make sure that you dress appropriately for the weather.
The second event on Halloween night will be the first ever Zombie Walk Jasper. This will start at 6:30 p.m. on N. Main Street and D.B.Carroll with those dressed in Zombie attire shambling down N. Main Street chasing after Ricky in his Zombie Apocalypse vehicle. The walkers will then turn down Stegall Drive and continue on to Lee Newton Park where just after sunset we will start the first of a double feature of classic horror movies. The Zombie Walk will be cancelled if it’s raining. The first movie in the double feature will be the 1968 Night of the Living Dead and then after a short intermission, the 1960 Little Shop of Horrors starring a young Jack Nicholson will begin.
Throughout the night we will do raffles for some great prizes, including gift certificates from McDonald’s, Zaxby’s, SpeedBurger, some great horror movies donated from Jasper Pawn and other really cool stuff. There will also be a 50/50 drawing that we will draw a winner for later that evening. All proceeds from the raffles and 50/50 drawing will go to benefit North Georgia Pregnancy and Family Resource Centers in Jasper.
Food will be available during the event at the park from ALL-A-CART. Many other organizations will be there at the event handing out information and Be-Paws We Care, Inc. will be there collecting gently used shoes to help raise money to help spay and neuter pets in Pickens County.
For those in attendance at the Zombie Walk, we will have a hay ride that will take participants from Lee Newton Park to Talmadge Brothers Funeral Home & Casket Company Haunted House. The hay ride will run approximately every 15 minutes to and from both events all evening starting at 7:30 p.m. and up until closing. There is no fee to attend the Zombie Walk and watch the movies in the park. There is an admission fee to attend the Haunted House from the Zombie Walk at Lee Newton Park by taking the hay ride which is $13 per person. Normal admission fee by going directly to the Haunted House is $15. Talmadge Brothers Funeral Home & Casket Company will make a $1 per patron donation directly to the North Georgia Pregnancy & Family Resource Center in Jasper based off hayride attendance.
BALL GROUND SPOOKTACKULAR
By Larry Cavender
"Kids will have an opportunity to sport their Halloween costumes an extra night," says Karla Weaver of the Ball Ground Main Street Association. "In addition to Halloween night itself, they can show off their costumes the night before Halloween at our "Spooktacular Evening in the Park." The City of Ball Ground is sponsoring the event which will be open to all children between the ages of 5 and 13.
The Spooktacular Evening will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 and will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 9 p. m. with a number of events scheduled including a costume parade set for 5:30, a costume contest at 6, and the announcement of the winners of the downtown scarecrow contest to take place at 6:30. The scarecrow contest is being sponsored by the Ball Ground Elementary School PTA. In addition, a movie, Hotel Transylvania, will get underway at 7.
The Spooktacular Evening, according to Weaver, is a "trick or treat" event with plenty of free candy for the children. In addition, a number of local associations and businesses will have booths offering crafts, games, and other activities for those in attendance.
Weaver emphasized the event is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 13 and she encouraged children from surrounding communities to attend as well.