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Halloween festivities abound

Downtown Barnesville again hosts thousands of trick-ortreaters on Halloween night, Thursday Oct. 31, with residents and businesses preparing to give out uncountable numbers of candies. Law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire/rescue personnel will be on hand to handle any mishaps. City officials encourage parents to stay with their children at all times, and teens to be careful around little ones. The weekends before and after Halloween also are full of fun activities for all ages. The Humane Society will hold an old-fashioned Halloween carnival from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the old Barnesville Academy gym. There will be free parking and admission. Money will be raised by 25-cent activity tickets and supper concessions. There will be costume contests, old-fashioned games with prizes for all, a cupcake walk, auction and door prizes. Children must be accompanied by adult. ’It’s going to have a lot of safe children’s activities,’ said publicity chairman Beverly Eskridge. Also on Saturday Oct. 26, Pine View Baptist Church invites the public to a church picnic, 3-5 p.m., to include games, prizes and candy as well as other activities. Lilla Memorial Baptist will hold its fall festival Oct. 26 from 3-6 p.m. The church welcomes costumes but asks that no scary or evil ones be worn. There will be a bounce house, hayrides, dunking booth, games, concessions, candy and a cakewalk. Calvary Baptist Church, 640 Rose Ave., holds its fall festival Saturday Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 .m. Crafts, fall and Christmas decorations, food and children’s games will be featured. Other events on Halloween: First United Methodist will hold its Family Fun Fest Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. It is offering free corn dogs and popcorn to the first 200 people to arrive. The event will feature games, candy and prizes. First Baptist will hold its community Fall Festival and Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. in the gym parking lot. Barnesville Nazarene Church will hold its annual Trunk-or-Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. This is a family friendly community event with free hotdogs and chili as long as they last. ’Last year was a big success and this year promises to be even better,’ said Rev. Lonnie Grant. ‘It’ll be an evening of fun for your entire family.’

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