Kennesaw Parks & Recreation hosts its annual Fall-O-Ween Fest at 4 p.m. at Swift-Cantrell Park (3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw). All ghouls, ninjas, superheroes and princesses are welcome to an evening of free carnival games, trick or treating, children’s amusements and costumed family-fun. Come dressed in your best Halloween digs and showcase your cool moves during a Monster Mash dance party. Judges will award prizes every half-hour to their favorite costumed participants. The film Hocus Pocus (rated PG) will be shown after sundown. Concessions will be available for purchase. www.kennesawparksandrec.com.
Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival, open 6-11 p.m. Friday and 4-11 p.m. Saturday at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, features balloon glows, trick or treating, tethered hot air balloon rides, Oktoberfest beer garden, live music, vendor marketplace, sports bars, artist market, food trucks, roving entertainment, interactive kids area, costume showdown, five entertainment stages and more. www.owl-o-ween.com.
HarvestFest, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Glover Park in Marietta Square. The annual event features arts and crafts vendors, Touch-A-Truck event, Scarecrows in the Square, costume contest, inflatables, DJ, entertainment games, candy and more. www.mariettaga.gov/1258/Harvest-Fest.
• HarvestFest Market: handmade arts, crafts and goods 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Touch-A-Truck 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Halloween Happenings Kid’s Festival 1-5 p.m.
• Costume Contest 2-3 p.m.
Halloween JamBOOree returns to Logan Farm Park, 3-7 p.m., on the large field at the main entrance to the park (4405 Cherokee St.). There will be costume contests, broken up by age groups, and carnival-type games with candy and prizes, and free hayrides. Parking will be available at Logan Farm Park, Rosenwald School and the corner of Taylor Street and Southside Drive. For more information, contact Jessy Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trunk ‘n’ Treat, hosted by Wildwood Baptist Church (4801 Wade Green Road), will be from 6:30-8 p.m. in the church’s front parking lot. There will be games, candy and fun. www.wildwoodbaptist.org.
St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church is holding its annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will feature food, fun and trunk or treating. www.stclarecc.org.
Treat Trail, 5:30-8 p.m. hosted by Three Taverns Church in Acworth (3575 Acworth Due West Road). This is a safe and fun night of trick or treating. The event includes face painting, caramel apples, kid-friendly Halloween movies, games, s’mores and lots of candy. All ages are welcome and don’t forget your best costume.
Weekends in October
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay, with wagon rides, pig races, cow milking, a petting farm, mini golf, museums, jumping pillow and numerous playgrounds. Live entertainment and food. www.hillcrestorchards.net.
Oct. 12-13, 19-20
Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, with more than 300 vendors featuring handmade, hand-crafted items, and on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. Antique car show on Oct. 13 at the civic center, parade on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., downtown Ellijay. www.georgiaapplefestival.org.
Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 31
Third annual Haunted Horse Hill is open 7-10 p.m. at Mariposa Farms, 75 Red Gate Trail in Canton. It’s a walk through a haunted pasture to a barn filled with frights around every corner. Kids can play in the children’s area at the main barn, where there are games, face and pumpkin painting, a bounce house, and trick or treating with costumed horses. $10 haunted house, $5 kids zone. Proceeds benefit Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services (BEATS), which provides therapy and recreational opportunities for kids and adults with special needs. www.beats-inc.org.
Gold Rush Days Festival in Dahlonega celebrates the 1828 discovery of gold in the area. More than 300 art and craft exhibitors, and food vendors will gather around the public square and historic district. It’s estimated more than 200,000 people visit this event. www.dahlonegajaycees.com/gold-rush.
BBQ Brews and Boos is set for downtown Canton and billed as “the biggest Halloween party in North Georgia.” Main Street will be closed to accommodate barbecue vendors, craft beer, live music, ghost tours, a kids zone, and trick or treating for kids (4-5:30 p.m.). Free. Details on Facebook.
Woodstock’s KidsFest, 3-8 p.m., at the Northside Cherokee Amphitheater, will feature Halloween trick or treat activities for younger ghouls and goblins, including moonwalks, DJ Ronnie, Tim the Magician, Adam the Juggler, games, the ever-popular stringed apple and pumpkin bowling games, face painting, costume contest and candy give-away. Costume contest is 7 p.m. in front of the stage. Trophies and prizes given for the funniest, scariest, cutest and best costume. Vote for your favorite pet costume, too.