Halloween fun in Clayton

Halloween rarely falls on a Saturday, and there’s plenty of fun stuff going on in Clayton this year. The best part for families is most county events are FREE.

The city of Morrow and its Police Department co-host their traditional Safe Halloween festivities (6-9 PM) at Olde Town Morrow (adjacent to Southlake Mall), providing a safe environment for kids to enjoy the holiday.  Activities include inflatables, games, entertainment and of course, trick or treating.  They have also partnered with a student group from Clayton State University who will host a haunted house inside one of the homes.

Although admission is free for the Safe Halloween events, three new restaurants will be making their Olde Town Morrow debut: Maguires, an Irish pub and restaurant; City Harbor, a seafood restaurant, and for dessert, Incredible Southern Poundcakes.

Clayton County International Park will host its First Annual Fall Festival (FREE admission AND parking; 3-9 PM). There will be music, games, face painting, moonwalks, and concessions, as well as a pumpkin carving contest (5 PM) in the St. Barts pavilion (contestants must bring a pre-carved pumpkin for judging). There will also be a Halloween costume contest (6 PM) which is limited to kids up to age 15, and the scary movie of the evening will be Monsters vs. Aliens (8 PM) shown on the softball field.

Are you afraid of the dark? From Oct. 28-31, walk CCIP’s half mile long Trail of Terror ($5 per person; open Wed-Thurs 7:30-10 PM and Fri.-Sat.7:30-11 PM) featuring the curse of Michael Myers, a chainsaw massacre, and a zombie infested cemetery.

Forest Park’s Halloween Carnival (50¢ per person; 6-9 PM; Forest Park Recreation Center gym, 803 Forest Parkway) will feature games, candy, and a best costume contest for kids up to age 12.

Morrow will also feature The Good Shepherd Clinic’s 5K Fun Run & Walk (the Fun Run starts at 9 AM and the Walk starts at 9:05 AM). At 11 AM Barnes & Noble (770.471.2227) will host Halloween Story Time for preschoolers ages 3-6, who are encouraged to wear their costumes.

The Jonesboro Public Library (2:30-4 PM; Smith Street location) will show the scary flick Monster House.

Riverdale will host Harvest Market on Halloween (10-5 PM; City Hall; 770.909.5385). Activities include a costume contest, trick or treating, music, and public safety and education information. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be on site.

In addition, kids can stop by the Riverdale Public Library (3-4 PM) dressed in costume and get a small treat. Prizes will be awarded only for special categories, but all children are welcome and costumes are not necessary. It would be helpful if parents would RSVP how many children they are bringing by contacting Ramona Clark (770.472.8100; email: clarkr@claytonpl.org) so there will be enough prizes and candy available for all.

Of course you can always do it the old fashioned way and take the kids trick or treating house to house. Do you give out candy or get dressed up?

Whatever you do, have a safe and fun Halloween, Clayton!

22 comments Add your comment


October 26th, 2009
10:41 am

Thanks for this. I don’t usually acknowledge this evil, secular day but sounds like there’s too much fun to ignore. Boo.


October 26th, 2009
2:34 pm

Everyone should find something fun and safe to do.

Eyes Open

October 26th, 2009
9:26 pm

Let the kids have fun! What is the curfew for Saturday? Sounds like aolt to do about the county for the youngster! Be careful!


October 27th, 2009
8:55 pm

As always we will be distributers of tooth decay enhancing products (candy) to those ghouls, goblins, witches, spiderman, and others who come to our door. And as always when we run out of those sugary treats we will turn off the outside lights to signal that we are no longer open for business.

I get really concerned for the kids safety as the night goes on, and more and more outside lights go off. Our street gets really dark and I fear that some crumb snatcher is going to become a hood ornament. Parents, please go with your children, and keep them out of the streets. There are some real idiots who have drivers licenses, and I don’t want to hear about even one child being hit by a car, especially yours.


October 28th, 2009
9:10 am

Sound like fun, Enjoy!

Captain Midnight

October 29th, 2009
9:28 am

Hey ‘Thanks’, Carrie’s mom called and wants her act back.


October 29th, 2009
5:39 pm



October 30th, 2009
6:47 am

teachers fighting in front of the kids. no wonder nobody takes clayton county seriously.

Big Papi

October 30th, 2009
7:55 am

What could be more fun than a Halloween catfight/smackdown in front of the kids. Definately increases the teachers street cred w/ the kids. Not enough straight male teachers to go around, this mack daddy was working OT.

Clayton Resident

October 30th, 2009
8:44 am

Werking for a living: the irony is I’ll bet money none of those teachers even live in Clayton county, but we’ll get the bad rep anyway.

Happy Halloween peeps!


October 30th, 2009
10:20 am

No comment on the teachers fighting Lee Scott? Cat got your tongue?


October 30th, 2009
10:55 am

My Grand Daughter is going as a School Teacher with Boxing Gloves this year. Last year she went as a Short Sheriff.DoubleAction


October 30th, 2009
11:19 am

I still have a problem with a pregnant unmaried teacher and her baby’s daddy working with middle schoolers.

Eyes Wide Open

October 30th, 2009
7:25 pm

Candy for every kid this weekend! The fun thing about the Rex Mill fight is the black folks in Clayton will let SASC take accreditation for that and Trina’s person fight! All in light of metro area CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57+ illegal board meeting. Clayton’s blacks are crazy and spineless! Ask “LO” pray for the children, the ethics man oh, I mean the ethics klan! Question, LO ole fat confederate is SACS about children education or local politics?


October 30th, 2009
7:28 pm

Happy Halloween! Your County Politicians at work. Under the bill that created the $787 billion stimulus program in February, States, Counties and School Systems that receive the taxpayer money are required to report quarterly to the federal government on how they are spending it and how many jobs have been created or retained. Georgia filed its first reports Oct. 10. Georgia’s figures do not include statistics from local governments, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations. Those numbers were expected to appear on recovery.gov later Friday. However, Clayton County School Board and County Commission (Democrats) sided with Talking Hog Head Limbaugh and the Republicans to refused to accepted the money, because they want the President to fail! They don’t care about an employed black population!


October 30th, 2009
10:31 pm


Lee Scott forget it. You will not get in county government! Give it up!

Just Saying

October 31st, 2009
2:58 pm

If it’s “Raining” on Halloween; don’t let your children go out! Schools are already “Germ Factories” H1N1 or Swine Flu anyone! Trick or Treat!


October 31st, 2009
4:27 pm

Wow, I thought the above article was about Halloween fun. Can’t everybody just give it a break and enjoy Halloween? As a white Clayton County educator, I’m so tired of hearing it. Have a great Halloween and enjoy it


November 2nd, 2009
10:17 am

Why do you have to say “white Clayton County educator” why not just Clayton County educator?


November 2nd, 2009
7:36 pm

I attended one of these events and despite the rain, I beleive it was a good first effort. Kudos!


November 3rd, 2009
8:37 am

hey victor, wheres my badge?

Wise Man

November 3rd, 2009
11:56 am

The SACS team wrote. “Every member of the board of education is not fully committed to the protocols and guidance of good boardsmanship.” The team also expressed concerns about the school system operating with a deficit, but did not go into details. The team said they were happy to see some of the students who had left following the accreditation loss now returning. The team found the school system was operational in all but one of the mandates: following an ethics policy. The team wrote, until the district can become a purposeful community with efficacy for truly making a difference in the lives of children and young people, then attempts at systemic and systematic improvements will be meaningless.” ARE YOU FOR REAL!! All in light of metro area CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57+ illegal board meeting. Clayton’s blacks are crazy and spineless! Question, is SACS about children education or local politics? Go ahead, black folks, will Elgart destroy your kids!