Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Fun in Roswell

As much as we “grown-ups” hate to admit it, Halloween brings out the child in all of us. I remember fondly the costumes my mom made for me and the excitement of wondering what treats the neighbors would have each year. Even more fun were the parties. Between sipping on ice-cold cider, eating homemade popcorn balls, and bobbing for apples, I was in kid-heaven.

This Halloween season, Roswell has many Halloween treats for young and old.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Halloween Hikes:
Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland and wetland creatures and hear about their lives. It's the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events.

On these hikes, you will experience the mystery of a guided night hike! Each group of 20 - 25 people will have a guide lead them safely on a lighted trail where they will meet nature-costumed characters including everyone’s favorites, the Box Turtle and the Opossum. At the end of the hike, or while waiting for your hike to start, create fun crafts in the gym such as cat magnets, pumpkin headbands and sun catchers, spider mobiles and more. Crafts are prepared by crafts by Cadette Troop 2346 from Marietta!

For even more fun, show off your Halloween spirit by having your face painted with one of CNC’s “wild” Halloween designs. It’s also a great time to visit with some of the non-releasable wildlife in the pavilion and to explore the Discovery Center and take home a fun nature souvenir.

Don’t forget those Halloween treats: Purchase a cup of coffee or hot cocoa provided by Whole Foods and Harry’s Farmers Market and enjoy some popcorn and candy treats! Relax and enjoy your treat and the bonfire as you play along with world music provided by Scott Douglas

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 PM and end at 9:00 PM each evening. Hikes begin at 7 PM and run continuously throughout the evening. You will receive an approximate time that you will meet for your hike on your ticket.

Halloween Hikes:
Friday and Saturday, October 23, 24, 30
7:00 – 10:00 PM
No Pre-Registration Needed
Admission: $8 all ages, Children 2 and under are free (Trails are not suitable for strollers).

The Manor Haunted House:
If you’re looking for screams and thrills this Halloween, visit the latest addition of Roswell’s spine-chilling and bloodcurdling adventures at The Manor Haunted House, sponsored by Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. The Manor will be open October 23-31 (closed on Sunday, October 25) beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Manor is located at 9100 Fouts Road in Roswell. Tickets are $10 per person.

The story of The Manor: In 1939, the Crawford family began a dream of a warm, welcoming Bed & Breakfast on the outskirts of a historic town in Georgia. Then, four years later, something happened, something went terribly, horrifyingly, grotesquely wrong. The family, their guest, their dream was never the same. Today, some of the Crawford family tries to continue the family business, but the spirits of the past lives.....on.

For the little ones, or those less brave, there will be a much less scary experience held from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Tickets are $7 per person.

For more details, visit, or call 770-641-3705.

Roswell Ghost Tours:
Experience the charm and mystery of the Deep South while learning about Roswell’s deep history from Roswell Ghost Tours’ guides. In the heart of this historic village, one will be surprised by how many spirits reside behind the walls of the antebellum mansions which General Sherman never burned. The deep ravines with their ruined mills hold secrets of exiled mill workers whose toilsome moans may still be heard.

Your experienced guide will lead you on this approximately two hour tour through the historic district of Roswell. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Founders Cemetery, the burial site of the founder of Roswell, Roswell King. Grand Greek revival mansions and humble mill worker’s apartments are some of the haunted sites you’ll see on this mile of easy walking. All tour guides are active paranormal investigators who promise to thrill, educate and enlighten with this experience.

For more information or to reserve your tour, go to or call 770-649-9922. Tours are held on weekends, year round, with additional tours scheduled during the month of October. Reservations are required for all tours.

Beasties at Barrington Hall:
Two nights of fun and slightly eerie folk tales at Barrington Hall. Stroll the grounds and encounter storytellers whose tales of old Roswell and of bygone days will delight the whole family! A great way to get into the Halloween spirit! Admission is $5 per person, October 30 & 31. Guides will take small groups every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m., last group will leave at 9 p.m. The tour is outside on the grounds of Barrington Hall and will consist of four stories. Allow one hour.

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