Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for October 31 – November 2, 2014

fallfestivalIt’s hard to believe that it’s already November this weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night! It will be nice to have that extra hour after Halloween activities! Here is a roundup of things to do this weekend.

Friday, October 31

11:00 am – Cumming Library – Trick or Treat story time and costume parade! Dress up in your costume and join us at the library for a special storytime featuring holiday books, music, and activities.  After storytime, children will be able to show off their costumes in the library and “trick or treat” with library staff. Please bring a bag for your candy. Registration is not required.

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – Trick or treat story time and Halloween parade! These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

October 31 – Kids eat free in costume on Halloween at Beef O’Bradys in Cumming, GA! One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Costa Vida also has a kids in costume eat free on Halloween special. Pizzeria Azzuri also welcomes trick or treaters!

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Publix at Hammond Crossing – trick or treat at Publix! Get a coloring sheet and candy too!

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Trunk or Treat Forsyth at Highlands Church. 43 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Highlands Church has partnered with Forsyth County! Hayrides, inflatables, hot dogs, giveaways, trunk or treat. Get autographs from your favorite Disney Princesses and Superheroes!

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Christ Community Church fall festival. Candy, games, food, face painting, camel rides & more! Food available for purchase.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – First Redeemer Church – Fall family fun festival. Annual Fall Family Fun Festival with games and activities for children of all ages. There will be plenty of candy and children are encouraged to come dressed in kid-friendly costumes. Admission is one bag of individually wrapped candy. 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, November 1

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Recycle Electronics – Cumming Fairgrounds Parking Lot 3 off of Castleberry Road. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful invites residents to make a positive impact on the environment by recycling their old, unused electronics during the upcoming electronics recycling event. Accepted items for recycling include laptops, stereos, CD players, cell phones, microwaves, cameras and more. The minimum donation per carload drop-off is $5 while an additional $20 fee will apply for each television. Some items, such as large wooden console televisions, projector televisions, toaster ovens and refrigerators, will not be accepted during the event. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, visit www.keepforsythcountybeautiful.org and click on the recycling/disposal tab or call KFCB at 770.205.4573.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – First Baptist Church of Cumming – Fall Bazaar. Silent auction, crafters, art, antiques!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop. Learn how to build a pallet coaster! Free hands-on kids workshop for kids ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Thankful Turkey Craft. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Dragons Love Tacos story time event.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

All Weekend

Hayes Haunt, 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, GA 30040. Friday and Saturday nights, including Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, and an encore Nov. 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (proceeds go to The Place of Forsyth.) For sensitive guests, “a protective amulet may be purchased and worn to ward off the monsters for a ‘Hayes Haunt Light’ experience,” according to hayeshaunt.com. Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk through the haunt.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 24 – October 26, 2014

trick or treat on the farm at warbington farmsFall festivals are in full swing! Here is a list of fall family events this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Check out our list of Pumpkin Patches around Forsyth County, Trunk or Treats and Halloween Events in Cumming, GA, Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours Near Cumming, GA and Apple Picking Orchards in North Georgia.

Friday, October 24

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

4:00 pm – 8:00pm – St Brendan Catholic Church’s Preschool Trunk or Treat & Halloween Party – Trunk or treating is a safe and unique way to trick or treat by going “trunk to trunk” in a family friendly, festive atmosphere.  We will also have a hayride, silent auction, face painting, games and dinner.  All ages are invited to attend and costumes are welcome.  For more information contact Julie Lahey at jlahey @ stbrendanatl.com or 770-207-7969 ext. 20.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Preserve. Haunted Hike! You will be led around the preserve where you may encounter a few creepy critters! After the hike, enjoy some Halloween activities at the Visitor Center. $3.00 per person, geared towards children ages 8 and under. For more information, call 770-781-2217.

Saturday, October 25

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Fun Frankenstein Mask. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Halloween story event. Click Clack Boo! A Tricky Treat.

11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Trick or Treat Event at Warbington Farms, located at 5555 Crowe Road, Cumming 30041. Activities for the kids including “trick or treat” stations and the fun park, pumpkin painting & pony cart rides. Come dressed in costume (kids & adults) and get $1 off fun park admission.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – The annual Hay Day Fall Festival takes place at the Cumming, GA Save the Horses location every October, and proceeds are used to purchase hay for the animals to eat during the coming winter. This year’s event is on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Save the Horses is located at: 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028

There will be great activities for kids of all ages (including the adult variety) such as hay rides, corn hole tournament, horse rides, a cake walk, petting zoo, and stables where you could visit and get to know some of the beautiful horses who live on the farm.   All proceeds go to savethehorses.org.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Creekside Methodist Church Trunk-or-Treat – 4:00-5:30 pm “Trunk or Treating” and 5:30-6:00pm Devotion plus Awards for Costumes and Best Trunks!  Wear your costumes and creatively decorate your trunk or just come participate in the fun! Popcorn and drinks available for sale! Fun activities include jump houses, music, candy and more! Participating trunks must be set up between 3-3:45pm.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Fall festival at First Baptist Cumming. 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cumming First United Methodist Church Night in the Patch – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Hot dog dinner, movie on the lawn, hayride, pumpkin carving, roasting s’mores and popcorn, punkin chunking and more!

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Trunk or Treat Safety Event at Coal Mountain Park. Admission is one bag of candy per family.  Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to Trunk or Treat, which will feature a haunted maze, bean bag toss, face painting and other fun activities and games. There will also be information on costume safety, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, stop-drop-roll demonstrations, and more!

Sunday, October 26

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Second annual fall festival event in the Pinecrest Academy parking lot! Hayrides, face painting, crafts, photo booth, games and a trunk or treat! 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Fall Festival – Please mark your calendars for our First Fall Festival we are hosting for our community.  We will have an evening of family fun and excitement as we bring in multiple bouncey houses, games, food, and fun for the entire family. Castleberry Road Baptist Church is located at: 7225 Castleberry Road Cumming, GA 30040. For information call (770) 889-2422.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Freedom Tabernacle TRUNK OR TREAT: Our 8th annual Trunk or Treat is coming up! This event will be held in our upper parking lot and all participating vehicles will be parked together. We will have music, hotdogs and marshmallow roasting, activities for the kids, and fun for the entire family! This is a free event sponsored by Freedom Tabernacle’s Children’s and Youth Ministries.

All Weekend

Kinsey Family Farm is open for the fall season. Pick a pumpkin, take a hay ride, have a picnic and much more at this wonderful local family farm.

Warbington Farms is open for the fall season. Fridays 1 pm – 6 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 6 pm (fun park closes at 5 pm), Sundays 1pm – 5pm.

Hayes Haunt, 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, GA 30040. Friday and Saturday nights, including Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, and an encore Nov. 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (proceeds go to The Place of Forsyth.) For sensitive guests, “a protective amulet may be purchased and worn to ward off the monsters for a ‘Hayes Haunt Light’ experience,” according to hayeshaunt.com. Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk through the haunt.

Near Forsyth County

47th Annual Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville 10/25 – 10/26. An estimated 100,000 people are expected at the festival this w

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open for the fall season! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

Consignment Stores and Thrift Shops in Forsyth County

humane society of forsyth county thrift storeThere are lots of great consignment stores in Forsyth County, GA. Many of these stores also support a good cause, so you can recycle and shop your items knowing it will help others!

Here is a list of other consignment boutiques and thrift stores in Forsyth County that help a cause:

Humane Society of Forsyth County Thrift Store – 168 Tri-County Plaza, Cumming, Georgia. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Donations are accepted 10:00am to 5:00pm  Monday-Saturday. If you have furniture or large items please call 770-886-5806 to schedule a pick up.

Abba House Thrift Stores in Silver City 6800 Dahlonega Highway Cumming, Ga 30028, and Dawsonville at 243 Stowers Road E Dawsonville, Ga 30534. Abba House Thrift Store location hours are Monday – Saturday from 9:00am – 5:45pm. At Abba House, their ministries are focused on “helping broken women be made whole” by helping them break free from addiction and abuse.

The PIER Thrift Store & Consignment Center provides individuals with disabilities work experience, thereby enabling them to discover and develop their unique capabilities and potential, and to help them achieve the highest degree of independence and the best quality of life possible. Located at 5185 Browns Bridge Rd. Cumming, GA 30041 & 1862 Buford Highway in Cumming. Open Tuesday-Saturday – 10:00-6:00 P.M.

Family Haven Thrift Store is located at 598 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Cumming, GA 30040. Forsyth County Family Haven’s Thrift Store serves two very unique and vital functions for our organization. Victims of violence and their families are offered vouchers to shop in our store and obtain the items that they need free of charge. The vouchers enable individuals to select clothing for themselves and for their children, household items such as coffemakers and dishes, and furniture items like couches and chairs to assist them as they move into their self-supportive housing. Secondly, our thrift store is open to the public after our clients have selected the items that they need. The funds that are obtained from sales to the public go into the operating fund for Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc. Hours are 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Mondays through Fridays and 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturdays. Donations welcome.

No Longer Bound Thrift Store is located at 315 Dahlonega Hwy in downtown Cumming, Ga.  We offer an upscale retail environment offering a wide variety of affordably priced inventory for your shopping pleasure. No Longer Bound Resale is a non-profit industry of the men’s regeneration program, No Longer Bound. To learn a little more about our program and about how lives are saved, check out our main page at www.nolongerbound.com. Open Mondays – Saturdays from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Bargain Boutique is Whispering Hope’s upscale resale shop in Cumming, Ga. The Boutique is open to the public as a thrift store with something for everyone. Inside the store you will also find what we call the Mommy Store which is where clients of Whispering Hope can spend their Mommy Money and Daddy Dollars that they earn by attending classes offered by the center. We also offer fantastic bargain shopping to the public with all proceeds supporting the ministry of Whispering Hope.

The non-profit store operates through donations by the public. The Bargain Boutique is run by a manager and volunteers from churches and the community. The store is conveniently located off Hwy 9 and Hwy 20, in the Tri-County Shopping Plaza by Big Lots and Auto Zone. We’re open both to clients and the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am – 6pm.

The Place of Forsyth County Thrift Store – 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, GA 30040. The Place is a nonprofit Social Service Organization that has been serving Forsyth County families in difficult times since 1975 with emergency basic needs.

Thrift Store

Monday – Thursday       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday       9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Donations – Drop off in the back of the building
Monday – Saturday          9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Consignment Stores

Kid to Kid Cumming, GA – one of our favorite children’s consignment stores in the area. 535 Lakeland Plaza, Cumming, GA. Open Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. They are soon opening a sister store in Lakeland Plaza!

Savvy Exchange Consignment Boutique, Cumming, GA – The Perfect Fit For Savvy Shoppers! Today’s Trendy Family Fashions-Kids (starting at Size 4T & Up), Juniors, Activewear, Maternity, and Men’s. Adult sizes up to 3x). 1736 Market Pl Blvd Cumming, GA 30041‎. (770) 886-8961, Facebook page. Mon – Sat10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sun12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Plato’s Closet, Cumming, GA – upscale teen and tween brand recycled fashions. 1544 Market Place Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-888-6828. Check out their Facebook page for promotions and sales!

 

 

Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours Near Cumming, GA for Halloween 2014

haunted houses in cumming, gaFor those of you who enjoy a good scare, here are some local haunts to visit in Forsyth County, GA for Halloween fun.

Also check out our Trunk or Treat and Halloween Events in and around Cumming, GA.

Hayes Haunt – 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, Georgia  30040. Friday and Saturday nights, including Oct. 24, 25, 31, and an encore Nov. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (proceeds go to The Place of Forsyth.) Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk through the haunt.

Admission is $5.00 and for timid guests, a special protective amulet is available for purchase to ward off the monsters for a Hayes Haunt Light experience. *No public bathroom, so make sure you go before you go!

Hayes Haunt, 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, GA 30040.

Haunted Places in Cumming, GA

Do you have any local haunts to share? Cumming Patch wrote “Scary or Not: Booger Mountain in Cumming?” Is something supernatural going on at Bettis-Tribble Gap Road?

Haunted Corn Maze

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Haunted Maze: The Dark Rows is a wickedly fun nighttime journey into the twisted trails of the moonlit cornfield. Bring your friends, bring your family, or brave the path solo. Just be warned, you will not be alone! The misty October night air always seems to bring out the worst in this little patch of corn. Come see what fiendish family fun can be found lurking among the Dark Rows! It’s a scary good time…

And all for a good cause, since a portion of the admission to the Haunted Maze is donated to Dawson County High School.  Admission is $13 for the Haunted Maze and two regular mazes, or $16 for the Value Combo (Hayride Plus the Haunted Maze, bonfire, two regular mazes). Haunts begin at dusk on the dates listed below and the last ticket sold at 10 p.m. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. No flashlights allowed. Regular maze trails are open during haunt season as well.

Haunted Maze Dates Remaining:  Oct. 24 & 25, Oct. 31, Nov. 1

HAUNTED HOUSES AND EVENTS NEAR FORSYTH COUNTY, GA

Are you willing to travel for haunts and thrills? Here are some nearby haunts from Awesome Alpharetta.

House on Horror Hill
Through November 1, 2014 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday only)
Opens at 7p.m.
1650 Alpharetta Highway
Alpharetta, GA
Website
Tickets: $12.00
The North Fulton Jaycees are ready to scare you with the most intense haunted house in the North Fulton area. Sight and sound combine to send shivers down your spine! The house opens after dark. If you can’t find it, just listen for the screams of fright!

HOWLpharetta Ghost Tours
October 24, 26 and November 1-2, 2014
(October 4 & 18 tours are currently sold out)
Check website for times
Downtown Alpharetta

Alpharetta, GA
Website
Tickets: $15. All tickets must be purchased in advanced.
Experience some of historic downtown Alpharetta’s extensive history through a narrated walking tour. Some regular sites through the journey include the original site of City Hall, a famous restaurant that is rumored to be haunted, shops with local flair, turn of the century hotels and a local favorite, Resthaven Cemetery.
 
Haunted Halloween Trail Riding
October 26, 2014
7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Campus
1450 Morrison Pkwy.

Alpharetta, GA
Website
$145.00, must register online.
From ghouls to ghosts, steep hills to rocks, now’s the time to take advantage of our spooky Halloween adventures. Riders must have completed the Basic Dirtbike School and/or have current Dirtbike experience within the last year to participate.
HAUNTED HOUSES IN GEORGIA
Here is a great list of haunted houses in Georgia from Hauntworld.
GHOST TOURS
There is a ghost tour in Alpharetta – HOWLpharetta! Check it out if you like to walk, learn history while getting the chills.
Also check out the Historic Dahlonega Ghost Walk – Every Friday and Saturday Nights, September through October.
Historic Hauntings Tour – 2 hour guided tour. A strolling journey through one of Georgia’s most intriguing and nationally registered historic districts, Dahlonega, Georgia.  Local tales and countywide legends make this Lumpkin- County attraction worth the storytelling chills as you weave through the streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings and historically significant local cemetery. $10 Adults, $5 Children We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Cash. Every Friday and Saturday, 8 pm, in September and October. Check our website for additional dates and events. For more information: 706-482-8795. Location: 19 East Main Street, Upstairs on the Porch, Dahlonega, GA  30533.
Hear the story of Sarah’s Ghost at the Hall House Hotel.
 Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Hay Day Festival 2014 at Save the Horses on October 25, 2014

save the horses hay day 2014The annual Hay Day Fall Festival takes place at the Cumming, GA Save the Horses location every October, and proceeds are used to purchase hay for the animals to eat during the coming winter.

This year’s event is on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Save the Horses is located at: 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028

There will be great activities for kids of all ages (including the adult variety) such as hay rides, corn hole tournament, horse rides, a cake walk, petting zoo, and stables where you could visit and get to know some of the beautiful horses who live on the farm.   All proceeds go to savethehorses.org.

Free parking and admission!

Come out and enjoy the fall festival including these fun fall activities:

  • Corn Hole Tournament
  • Pony Rides
  • Hay Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Face Painting
  • Crafts Games for Kids
  • Cake Walk
  • Plate Lunches
  • Costume Contest
  • Homemade Baked Goods
  • Vendors
  • Raffle Prizes

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 17 – October 19, 2014

2014_doggie_palooza_edited-1Here is a round up of fall family events this weekend in Forsyth County, GA. Check out our list of Pumpkin Patches around Forsyth County, Trunk or Treats and Halloween Events in Cumming, GA and Apple Picking Orchards in North Georgia.

Friday, October 17

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Fire Safety Event. Join the Forsyth County Fire Department to teach your kids how to be safe around fires and learn what to do if there is a fire in your home. After the presentation, kids can make crafts and check out a real fire truck outside! For preschool and elementary children. No registration required.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play is an interactive story time that encourages development of early literacy in preschoolers. The program is designed for children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver and is approximately 45 minutes long. It includes stories, music, activites, and play time all related to a creative theme.

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

7:00 pm – Warbington Farms Haunted Trail. There are two “Haunted Trail Nights” in October. The Haunted Farm Trail is October 3rd & 17th – the trail opens at dusk and last ticket sold at 9 pm. There is a $7 admission for Haunted Trail, fire-pit, and marshmallows! Are you brave enough to walk through the trail?? Beware…only the COWS can hear you SCREAM!

Saturday, October 18

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Rivers Alive Cleanup. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful seeks volunteers for waterway cleanup event. Make a positive impact on local waterways by joining Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) for the 2014 Rivers Alive Cleanup on Saturday, October 18, at 9 a.m. KFCB encourages families, co-workers, scout troops and organizations to volunteer for the annual waterway cleanup event. Volunteer teams can register for the event by calling KFCB at 770.205.4573 or by clicking on the volunteer tab at www.keepforsythcountybeautiful.org. Volunteers will meet at Mary Alice Park (1820 Mary Alice Park Road in Cumming) at 9 a.m. on October 18 to gather supplies. Volunteers will proceed to clean as many lake, river and wetland locations as possible before returning to Mary Alice Park for lunch.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Fun Frankenstein Mask. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Doggie Palooza at Rucker Pet on Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, GA. Doggie Palooza Dog Show, Parade of Breeds, K-9 demos and more! Located at 3540 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, GA.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Zombie in Love story time.

11:00 am – Cumming Library Scarecrow Fall Festival story time. Join us for a scarecrow themed storytime featuring books, music and activities celebrating fall! Children will also create theme related crafts and explore the Storywalk in the Secret Garden behind the library that will be specially decorated by the Masters Gardeners.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

Sunday, October 19

All Weekend

Cumming Greek Festival Oct. 17 – 19  Friday from 3 – 10 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday from 11:30 am – 6 pm. Adults $1, children 12 and under are free. This is our 10th Anniversary! Come and dance and yell “OPA” with us on our 16 acre property off Bethelview Road in Cumming GA. The Cumming Greek festival is Forsyth county’s largest ethnic event and will last for 3 days. It offers the community a unique opportunity to experience the rich Greek culture. The continuous live Greek music and traditional bouzouki will fill you while you enjoy energetic live traditional Greek dance performances. Read more for directions and parking information.

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market - 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon!

Kinsey Family Farm is open for the fall season. Pick a pumpkin, take a hay ride, have a picnic and much more at this wonderful local family farm.

Warbington Farms is open for the fall season. Fridays 1 pm – 6 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 6 pm (fun park closes at 5 pm), Sundays 1pm – 5pm.

Near Forsyth County

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open for the fall season! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

Trunk or Treat and Halloween Events in Cumming, GA for October 2014

pumpkinsHalloween is almost here! Here’s a list of trunk or treat, fall festivals, halloween haunts & trick or treat events for the public during October in Forsyth County, GA.

Please share any church/school/neighborhood events that are open the to public and I will add it to this list!

Please also check directly with each organization as events and times can be subject to change.

Have a safe and fun Halloween. And for those food allergy families, hang in there – I always have a safe snack swap bag for my child!

October 24, 2014 from 4:00 pm – 8:00pm – St Brendan Catholic Church’s Preschool Trunk or Treat & Halloween Party – Trunk or treating is a safe and unique way to trick or treat by going “trunk to trunk” in a family friendly, festive atmosphere.  We will also have a hayride, silent auction, face painting, games and dinner.  All ages are invited to attend and costumes are welcome.  For more information contact Julie Lahey at jlahey @ stbrendanatl.com or 770-207-7969 ext. 20.

October 25 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Trunk or Treat Safety Event at Coal Mountain Park. Admission is one bag of candy per family.  Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to Trunk or Treat, which will feature a haunted maze, bean bag toss, face painting and other fun activities and games. There will also be information on costume safety, pedestrian safety, stranger danger, stop-drop-roll demonstrations, and more!

October 25 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cumming First United Methodist Church Night in the Patch – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Hot dog dinner, movie on the lawn, hayride, pumpkin carving, roasting s’mores and popcorn, punkin chunking and more!

October 25 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Creekside Methodist Church Trunk-or-Treat – 4:00-5:30 pm “Trunk or Treating” and 5:30-6:00pm Devotion plus Awards for Costumes and Best Trunks!  Wear your costumes and creatively decorate your trunk or just come participate in the fun! Popcorn and drinks available for sale! Fun activities include jump houses, music, candy and more! Participating trunks must be set up between 3-3:45pm.

October 25 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Fall festival at First Baptist Cumming. 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA.

Second annual fall festival event on Sunday, October 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, in the Pinecrest Academy parking lot! Hayrides, face painting, crafts, photo booth, games and a trunk or treat! 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA.

October 26, 2014 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Fall Festival – Please mark your calendars for our First Fall Festival we are hosting for our community.  We will have an evening of family fun and excitement as we bring in multiple bouncey houses, games, food, and fun for the entire family. Castleberry Road Baptist Church is located at: 7225 Castleberry Road Cumming, GA 30040. For information call (770) 889-2422.

October 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Freedom Tabernacle TRUNK OR TREAT: Our 8th annual Trunk or Treat is coming up! This event will be held in our upper parking lot and all participating vehicles will be parked together. We will have music, hotdogs and marshmallow roasting, activities for the kids, and fun for the entire family! This is a free event sponsored by Freedom Tabernacle’s Children’s and Youth Ministries.

October 29, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Fox’s Pizza Den will be hosting an early Halloween Event for your families to enjoy. Everybody is a winner. We will be holding all kinds of events such as Face Painting, Free Balloons, Make your own Pizza, and our Kids Costume Contest. Enjoy a night out while we keep your kids entertained. Our costume winner will receive $20, A Gift Basket, Free movie tickets, and more. All of our contestants will win a prize from Fox’s for participating.

October 29 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Trunk or Treat – City on a Hill Church – Costumes welcome (nothing scary), bounce house, games, candy, food, free – all ages welcome! 1645 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040. For information, call 770-889-6919.

October 29 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Fall Family Festival and Trunk or Treat at Concord Baptist Church. Games, inflatables, trunk or treat, cake walk, face painting, hayrides and much more! Located at 6906 Concord Road, Cumming, GA 30028.

October 29 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cumming Baptist – 115 Church Street, Cumming, GA 30040 – Fall festival trunk or treat. A great night of fun for the season. Food, music, games, and inflatables will provide joy for all families. The night will end with our Trunk ‘R’ Treat – an awesome display of clever car decorations. Enjoy the costumes,the creativity and, of course, the candy!

October 31 – Kids eat free in costume on Halloween at Beef O’Bradys in Cumming, GA! One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.

October 31 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Trunk or Treat Forsyth at Highlands Church. 43 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Highlands Church has partnered with Forsyth County! Hayrides, inflatables, hot dogs, giveaways, trunk or treat. Get autographs from your favorite Disney Princesses and Superheroes!

October 31 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Christ Community Church fall festival. Candy, games, food, face painting, camel rides & more! Food available for purchase.

October 31 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – First Redeemer Church – Fall family fun festival. Annual Fall Family Fun Festival with games and activities for children of all ages. There will be plenty of candy and children are encouraged to come dressed in kid-friendly costumes. Admission is one bag of individually wrapped candy. 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041.

HAUNTED HOUSES IN FORSYTH COUNTY, GA

Hayes Haunt, 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, GA 30040. Friday and Saturday nights, including Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, and an encore Nov. 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (proceeds go to The Place of Forsyth.) For sensitive guests, “a protective amulet may be purchased and worn to ward off the monsters for a ‘Hayes Haunt Light’ experience,” according to hayeshaunt.com. Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk through the haunt.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS NEAR FORSYTH COUNTY

Trick or Treat Dahlonega – Ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards and more will be wandering the streets of Downtown Dahlonega on October 31st, 2014 at Trick-or-Treat Dahlonega. This event, brought to the community by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants, provides a safe environment for parents to bring children trick or treating during daylight hours.

The event will take place on Friday, October 31st from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, rain or shine. Trick-or-Treat Dahlonega is intended for children ages 12 and under and appropriate costumes are appreciated! For safety reasons, the roads will be closed and re-routed during the event.

Trunk or Treat
October 31, 2014
4:30 pm

Free Candy & Activities!
In Parking Lot 16 off of Chestatee Street
Presented by UNG Office of Residence Life

Costume Contest
October 31, 2014
5:00 pm

Registration: 4:30 pm to 4:45 pm
At the Dahlonega Gold Museum
Age Groups for Costumes
1st, 2nd, 3rd Places & Most Original

Please help Dahlonega keep this Family Fun Tradition! Donate Candy at the Visitors Center, Community & Southern Bank, and United Community Bank Main Branch. (Donated candy will be distributed to the Downtown Merchants.) Park near the Square or the University and walk between the three events! For more information, please contact the Visitors Center at 706-864-3711.

Historic Dahlonega Ghost Walk – Every Friday and Saturday Nights, September through October
Historic Hauntings Tour – 2 hour guided tour. A strolling journey through one of Georgia’s most intriguing and nationally registered historic districts, Dahlonega, Georgia.  Local tales and countywide legends make this Lumpkin- County attraction worth the storytelling chills as you weave through the streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings and historically significant local cemetery. $10 Adults, $5 Children We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Cash. Every Friday and Saturday, 8 pm, in September and October. Check our website for additional dates and events. For more information: 706-482-8795. Location: 19 East Main Street, Upstairs on the Porch, Dahlonega, GA  30533.
Hear the story of Sarah’s Ghost at the Hall House Hotel.

Student Wellness Expo in Forsyth County, GA on October 15 and 16, 2014

student wellness expo forsyth county gaForsyth County Schools, the Forsyth County Public Health Department and Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta have partnered to provide a PreK – 12 Student Wellness Expo on October 15 & October 16, 2014 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

The Wellness Expo includes a No-Cost Flu Shot & Flu Mist Clinic and Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Expo to raise awareness about food allergies & anaphylaxis among the entire student body, parents of all students, and with all citizens in the county.

The Expo will be held on October 15th & 16th, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Otwell Middle School on 10/15 and Piney Grove Middle School on 10/16.

Last year, 770 students took part in countywide free flu shot program.

During the event, all students K-12, and their parents, will participate in short educational workshops about food allergies & anaphylaxis.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta’s outreach program in Forsyth County is the first of many outreach events planned for GA counties.

Flu Vaccination Clinic

On the October 15 and 16 early release days, the Forsyth County Health Department is conducting a no-cost flu vaccination clinic for Forsyth County children, ages 4-18.

Locations:

Oct. 15, 3-6 pm @ Otwell MS Cafeteria

Oct. 16, 3-6 pm @ Piney Grove MS Cafeteria

A parent MUST accompany all students.

CLICK HERE for consent forms and more information on the Forsyth County Schools website.

EVENT FLYER

food allergy statisticsAbout Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta supports families who manage food allergies, educates those who care for our children, and helps to create a safe environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta offers local meetings, trainings and events for Atlanta and Georgia communities. For more information, visit Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta website, Facebook page, email or call 404-512-7983.

http://www.foodallergykidsatl.org

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 10 – October 12, 2014

pumpkin palooza at warbington farmsFall is such a fun time of year! Here is a round up of fall family events this weekend in Forsyth County, GA. The Cumming Country Fair and Festival runs through October 12. Also check out our list of Pumpkin Patches around Forsyth County and Apple Picking Orchards in North Georgia.

Friday, October 10

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market. This farmers market is one of few in which the produce is truly farm fresh … wherein the farmer is the grower. Other vendors include sausage, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, soaps, and other assorted artisans. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, October 11

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Halloween Mummy Madness. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow. Build a haunted house! Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted House!

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Purple Palooza VII at the Cumming Home Depot on Market Place Blvd. Health and harvest fair. Free health screenings from community physician offices, meet with some of our local physicians, merchandise for sale, local businesses promoting their products. DJ and live entertainment, face painting, moonwalks, cakewalks and much more.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Warbington Farms Join us for our Pumpkin Palooza this Saturday (10/11) from 11am-4pm. We will have vendors, live music, crafts for the kids, & MORE! Price is $8 kids and $5 adults and includes unlimited time in our fun park (hayride, petting zoo, inflatables, corn crib, tire yard, slides, playground, and MORE).

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Star Wars Reads Day. Join us for Stars Wars Reads Day III – a fun-filled day of giveaways and activities in stores nationwide for Star Wars fans of all ages. Check your local store for event details.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth Family fun and fashion showcase. Sidewalk Showcase, Hot-Air Balloons, Train Rides, Music, Face Painting, Magic, Balloon Art, and MORE! Fall Fashion Show w/ Live music by Cole Thannisch from 2-3pm

Sunday, October 12

2:00 pm – Post Road Library. Star Wars Reads Day. Fans of The Force will gather at the Post Road Library to celebrate the second annual FCPL Star Wars Reads Day on Sunday, October 12. Meet Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, create Empire-approved and Jedi-certified crafts, enter the Wookiee Calling Contest, and try your hand at trivia and other stellar activities! Win books, posters, and other prizes. Crafts are ongoing all afternoon! Wear your costumes for the costume parade! No registration required to attend.

Schedule of Events

2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet Star Wars Characters
from the 501st Legion2:30 p.m.
Wookiee Calling Contest3:30 p.m.
Costume Parade4:30 p.m.
Star Wars Trivia Competition –
Padawan and Jedi Master Divisions

All Weekend

Kinsey Family Farm is open for the fall season. Pick a pumpkin, take a hay ride, have a picnic and much more at this wonderful local family farm.

Warbington Farms is open for the fall season. Fridays 1 pm – 6 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 6 pm (fun park closes at 5 pm), Sundays 1pm – 5pm.

Cumming Country Fair & Festival – October 2 – October 12, 2014. Visit the Cumming Fairgrounds and enjoy an old-fashioned country fair and festival.

Near Forsyth County

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open for the fall season! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

Giveaway Alert! Win Free Costa Vida Once a Week for a Year!

costavida*UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Our winner, Leslie P, was selected on Random.org and notified by email. Congratulations!

Costa Vida is a brand new fresh Mexican grill opening in Cumming, GA on Monday, October 13, 2014. Our family is excited to visit this tasty Baja-inspired restaurant in Forsyth County!

We are giving away one (1) Costa Vida platinum card that is good for 52 free entrees (1 a week!)

Forsyth for Families Costa Vida Giveaway

Enter to win Costa Vida once a week for a year! To enter our Costa Vida platinum card giveaway, simply comment on this post with a menu item that you are looking forward to having at Costa Vida. See their menu here.

To enter, comment by midnight on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The winner will be selected by random.org. I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, October 13, 2014! (Entrants must be residents of Georgia.)

Costa Vida Grand Opening Monday, October 13, 2014 from 10:30 am – 

The first Costa Vida Georgia location opens on Monday, October 13 at 10:30 am! To celebrate, the first 50 guests on Monday will win FREE Costa Vida each week for one year and the next 50 guests will win FREE Costa Vida each month for one year!

First 50 will get 52 free entrees (1 a week) and the next 50 will get 12 free entrees (1 a month)!

SPIN TO WIN! They will also have a PRIZE WHEEL all week long that every guest gets 1 chance to spin and win more FREE prizes! You can also enter to win right now on Costa Vida’s Facebook page!

Costa Vida offers catering and has a rewards card program. I love that their food is made the hard way – fresh, from scratch. We are also glad they are aware of food allergens as our family has food allergies.

About Costa Vida

We serve fresh, Mexican-inspired food that offers a quick escape to the coast. At Costa Vida we live by the mantra of “excellence with every customer, every meal, every day.” We are confident that this can only be achieved by staying true to our roots and serving the most delicious food to wow every customer that comes through our doors. In an industry that continues to take shortcuts, we believe a meal made the hard way is the right way and will win the day. The Company’s first restaurant opened in 2003. Today Costa Vida has restaurants in eleven states nationwide, plus Calgary Canada, and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing restaurant franchises in the nation. USA Locations in AZ, CA, CO, GA ID, MO, NM, NV, TX, NV, UT, & WA. Canada Locations in Alberta (Airdrie, Royal Oak & Southland). www.costavida.net

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