Area Halloween happenings

Area Halloween happenings

October 25th, 2012 in Life Entertainment

Cemetery strolls

* Chattanooga: At the history stroll at Forest Hills Cemetery, 4016 Tennessee Ave., scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, walkers will go from grave to grave to learn about people important to Chattanooga's history who are buried there. More than 20 volunteers will tell the stories through portrayals of Grace Moore, Cortez Greer, L.J. Sharpe and Zella Armstrong, among others. Another volunteer will talk about a group of local Confederates. Volunteers will be in costumes corresponding to the time period their portrayal represents. The entire stroll should take about two hours. Admission is free, but a donation box is available to help support the nonprofit Forest Hills Cemetery Association.

* Cleveland: Lee University senior history majors will lead tours through the historic Fort Hill Cemetery off Worth Street in Cleveland, Tenn., from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Students and local performers dressed in period costumes will bring 19th-century residents of Bradley County back to life through stories of their history. Cost is $5 per person. Parking and shuttle service will be provided at the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland, 385 Third St, SW. Proceeds will go to Lee's William Snell Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Dr. Randy Wood at rwood@leeuniversity.edu or 423-614-8137.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

* Cleveland: The 25th anniversary of the Halloween Block Party in downtown Cleveland, Tenn., features fun on three stages from 5 to 10 p.m. and a Treat Street that opens at 6 p.m. The Dexter Thomas Band headlines the entertainment lineup at 8:15 p.m. A costume contest starts at 6 p.m. Besides candy, Treat Street features an inflatable jump house and slides, as well as food vendors. For more information, call 423-479-1000 or visit www.mainstreetcleveland.com.

* Dayton: The two-day Pumpkinfest kicks off Friday in downtown Dayton, Tenn. The annual event, which features festival activities, food and entertainment, is designed to give kids an alternative to traditional Halloween activities. Events are scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday along Market Street and around the Rhea County Courthouse. Highlights include a Great Pumpkin weigh-in, movie in the park and a pumpkin pie-eating contest on Friday; costume contests for all ages, treats from downtown merchants, hay rides and a scary-oke contest on Saturday. For more information, call 423-775-9847 or visit www.mainstreetdayton.org.

n LaFayette: The Scare on the Square in LaFayette, Ga., will take place on Halloween. The town square will be blocked off from 5:30 to 7 p.m. so merchants can hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Last year, according to organizers, more than 30 merchants gave candy to more than 2,300 visitors. For information, call 706-639-1500.

CRAFT PROJECTS

The Michaels store at 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd. has scheduled three Halloween-themed make-and-take projects for ages 3 and up.

* Today: Halloween visor mask, 6-8 p.m.; requires purchase of visor.

* Friday: Clay pot decorating, 6-8 p.m., requires purchase of clay pot.

* Saturday: Duck Tape pail or tote decorating, 11 a.m.-noon; requires purchase of pail or tote.

HAYRIDE, STORYTELLING

Sale Creek Lions Club presents its annual Halloween celebration Saturday at the clubhouse, 15222 Coppinger Road (behind Sale Creek Middle/High School). The evening starts with a hayride at 6 p.m., followed by tales from the Cleveland Storytelling Guild at 7 p.m. Free hot dogs and drinks will be available. For more information, call 332-2921.

PET COSTUME CONTESTS

Petco stores plan Howloween Trick & Treat pet costume contests at 2 p.m. Saturday. Prizes include Petco gift cards and treats from JW Pet and Old Mother Hubbard. Plus, dogs in costume who visit Petco any day in October receive a free treat.

Area Petco locations are at:

* 2115 Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga, 499-1906.

* 5746 Highway 153 in Hixson, 875-3174.

* 841 Shugart Road in Dalton, Ga., 706-259-6244.

* 325 Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland, Tenn., 423-478-9103.

SCARY MOVIES

* Barking Legs Theater: Local film club Mise En Scenesters will offer a pop-up movie night of funny, strange and cool zombie-based horror films, including the first zombie film to be made in Cuba, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Barking Legs, 1307 Dodds Ave. The evening concludes with a performance by Ramones tribute band Whoremones. Admission is $5. Find out more at http:mesfilmclub.com.

* Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., in Calhoun, Ga., will show the classic horror film "Halloween" during its Spooktacular Party at 7 p.m. Saturday. Recommended donation is $5. Call 706-625-3131 for more information.

* Ruby Falls: The final Dr. Shock Movie Night at Ruby Falls' Haunted Cavern is on Halloween. The two movie shorts to be shown are "Frankenstein" and "The Sandman." See the schedule in Friday's Life section.

* Signal Mountain: Dr. Shock headlines the Rockin' Halloween festival Saturday on Signal Mountain. The day concludes with a screening of "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man." See related story on this page.

TRICK-OR-TREAT

Area shopping malls have designated times for costumed characters to come in search of candy. Here's the schedule.

* Bradley Square, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn., 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. 423-472-5080.

* Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 6-7 p.m. Wednesday for ages 12 and younger. 894-7177.

* Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall, 5-6 p.m. Wednesday. 875-4351.

* Walnut Square Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Trick-or-treating, 5-6 p.m. Wednesday. 706-226-3777.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT

* Brooks Memorial United Methodist, 1543 Mercer, Lupton City. Trunk-or-treat, 6 p.m. Wednesday. 877-1110.

* Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 60 Dyer Bridge Place, Ringgold, Ga. Hallelujah Harvest featuring games, food, trunk-or-treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 706-858-0976, www.cedarhillbaptist.com.

* Covenant Life Worship Center, 7001 LaFayette Road, Chickamauga, Ga. "Hayride Through Hell," presentation of life-after-death realities for ages 13-up, 7-10 p.m. Friday through Monday; free (groups of 15 or more need reservations). 706-375-5286.

* Free Hope Baptist Church, 4176 Highway 76 (back parking lot), Chatsworth, Ga. Trunk-or-treat, 4-6 p.m. Saturday. 706-695-3717.

* Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge. Trunk-or-treat, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. 629-4661.

* Patten Recreation Center, 3202 Kellys Ferry Road. Fall festival sponsored by Lookout Valley Baptist Church, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 825-5335.

HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVES

* Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1543 Mercer, Lupton City; 6 p.m.

Wednesday; trunk or treat; 877-1110.

* Cedar Hill Baptist Church, 60 Dyer Bridge Place, Ringgold, Ga.; 5:30-7:30

p.m. Wednesday; Hallelujah Harvest features games, food, and trunk or treat;

706-858-0976 or www.cedarhillbaptist.com.

* Cloud Springs Road Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort

Oglethorpe, Ga.; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Fall Festival offers trunk or treat,

games, cake walk, food (donation only); 706-866-0164.

* Covenant Life Worship Center, 7001 LaFayette Road, Chickamauga, Ga.; 7-10

p.m. Friday through Monday, Oct. 29; ³Hayride Through Hell,² presentation of

life-after-death realities for ages 13-up; free (groups of 15 or more need

reservations); 706-375-5286.

* Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy; 6 p.m.

today; trunk or treat; 332-3243.

* First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave.; 4-7 p.m. Sunday; trunk or treat

event offers hot dogs, chips, beverages, cookies, candy and bouncy house;

267-4506 or www.Firstchristian-chat.com

* Free Hope Baptist Church, 4176 Highway 76 (back parking lot), Chatsworth,

Ga.; 4-6 p.m. today; trunk or treat; 706-695-3717.

* Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge; 6:30-8

Wednesday; trunk or treat; 629-4661.

* Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday; trunk or treat; 624-6073.

* Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood St., Chickamauga, Ga.; 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3; Chickamauga Harvest Festival features inflatables, live

music, games/crafts booths, cornhole tournament, car/motorcycle cruise-in,

food and other activities; free; 706-375-5760 or www.oakwoodbc.org.

* Patten Recreation Center, 3202 Kellys Ferry Road; 6-8 p.m. Wednesday; fall

festival sponsored by Lookout Valley Baptist Church; free; 825-5335.

* Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Blvd.; 4-6 p.m. Sunday;

Harvest Fest offers free games, activities and candy, and food at a nominal

fee; admission is nonperishable food item for Signal Mountain Social

Services, Food Pantry; 886-2190.