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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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!