Several places to hold Halloween events

COVINGTON - Little goblins and ghouls will have plenty of chances to fill their sacks and pumpkins with candy this Halloween.

Several local churches and businesses are hosting festivities that are open to the general public.

One of the county's largest celebrations, the trunk-or-treat event hosted by First Baptist Church on the Square in downtown Covington, will not take place this year.

The event, which has drawn up to 3,000 participants in the past, will be back next year, said Children's Minister Kristin Sorensen.

"We just decided to take a break. It takes a lot of resources and time and people. We're doing it to witness to people out there and we feel like we're not doing a good job. This is a brainstorming year for us to come up with something bigger and better next year," she said.

But there are other options for those who want a more structured celebration for their children on Halloween.

Newton Plaza will host its annual trick-or-treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Children can go around to each store and pick up treats from tenants, said a spokeswoman for Halpern Enterprises Inc., the property owner.

East Newton Baptist Church is hosting a Harvest Festival including food, drinks, games and prizes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its location on 11290 U.S. Highway 278. For more information, call 770-786-6627.

Crossroads Baptist Church will hold a Trunk-or-Treat celebration including moonwalks, cake walks, games, hayrides, live entertainment food and more from 5 to 8 p.m. at 227 County Road 229. For more information, call 770-786-2563.

Also getting in on the holiday spirit is Zion Baptist Church with its Hallelujah Festival, set for 5 to 7 p.m. at 7037 Ga. Highway 212. The event will include games, hayrides, treats, obstacle courses, a cake walk, a food court and more. For more information, call 770-786-6767.

Living Way Worship Center will hold HallelujahFest 2009 including games, hayrides, costume contests and trunk-or-treat, with Chick-fil-A meals and desserts available for purchase. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at 4051 Ga. Highway 81. For more information call 770-616-7900 or visit www.lwwcga.com.

All events are free.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.